Letters to the Editor

ENERGY: Ferries could be nuclear powered

Re: “State needs better clean energy approach than Inslee’s” (Viewpoint, 8-16).

It is great to see elected officials who understand the difference between “clean” energy and “renewable” energy. They realize our need for clean nuclear energy. They suggest a path of action and innovation, not one of taxes and energy credits.

Even Pope Francis understands this and states his views clearly in his Encyclical letter, Laudato Si’, section 171: “The strategy of buying and selling ‘carbon credits’ can lead to a new form of speculation which would not help reduce the emission of polluting gases worldwide.”

State Sens. Sharon Brown and Tim Sheldon suggest the positive action of converting the state ferry fleet to liquefied natural gas. This would reduce ferry carbon emissions by about two-thirds. However, Energize Northwest’s proposal to convert them to nuclear power would completely eliminate their carbon emissions.

We suggest anyone interested in the issues of clean energy and global warming spend some time reading our website: energizenw.com.

Herbert Burke


(Burke is founder of Energize Northwest.)