Critical time for the planet | Letter

This is in response to Mr. Eirich’s letter on May 17 regarding Gov. Jay Inslee’s clean energy policy.

Mr. Eirich, to set the record straight, none of the bills passed this session in the Washington State Legislature prohibits you from driving a gasoline-powered truck pulling a trailer up into the Cascades. However, the range and power of electric vehicles is improving and there is a very real possibility that you will be able to replace your highly polluting vehicle with a completely clean one at an affordable price within the next few years.

Costs of wind and solar generation are dropping. Wind power is currently competitive with gas and coal (that’s before accounting for the costs to society of air pollution and climate change). Storage technology for wind and solar is rapidly advancing. It is completely technically feasible to have 80 percent clean energy by 2030 and 100 percent clean by 2045 in our state.

Mr. Eirich, you’ve surely heard that it’s a critical time for our planet. The IPCC gives us 12 years to make substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emission in order to avoid the most devastating consequences of the climate crisis. Instead of throwing our hands up in the air with distrust, I think it would be better to stop and ask ourselves what we can personally do to help make our planet livable for future generations.

I commend our legislators and our governor for their bold action on climate change.

Susan Vossler

Kirkland

More in Letters to the Editor

Falcone is the smart choice | Letter

In the race for Kirkland City Council Pos. 6, Amy Falcone is… Continue reading

Falcone is the right choice | Letter

We are writing to recommend Amy Falcone for Kirkland City Council. As… Continue reading

Vote for Falcone | Letter

I am writing to support Amy Falcone for Kirkland City Council Pos.… Continue reading

Encouraging innovation | Letter

Earlier this year, I had a kidney transplant and it changed my… Continue reading

Give up now! | Letter

I believe that our forefathers didn’t pass the Second Amendment to our… Continue reading

Where have the ospreys gone? | Letter

For years I have watched a pair of ospreys raise chicks in… Continue reading

That entangled meme | Letter

Thanks to Sherman Peters (Reporter, Sept. 6) readers were fed glib history.… Continue reading

A nation of laws | Letter

In the United States, which has a population of about 330 million… Continue reading

Only the names have changed | Letter

Sept. 1 marked 80 years since Hitler invaded Poland and started World… Continue reading

Police shouldn’t become nannies | Letter

I am tired of police accountability; what about public accountability? Nowhere in… Continue reading

This week in letters: Kirkland Summerfest, right to bear arms

Thousands of asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras — some… Continue reading

Integral to this country | Letter

On Aug. 2, Mr. Roger Clarke-Johnson’s letter (Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, Aug. 2) argued… Continue reading