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Letter: Climate fight is worth it

By Jan Freed, Los Angeles
Published: May 8, 2024, 6:00am

In reply to Mr. Molenaar’s concern about Washington’s energy policy (“Fight against climate is costly,” Our Readers’ Views, May 1), let’s compare gas prices in Washington with those in Oregon: $4.69 vs. $4.45, not the dollar per gallon claimed by Mr. Molenaar.

China, for example, is outperforming the U.S. in a transition to clean energy, on track to instal 1,200 gigawatts (equal to 1,000 nuclear plants), five years ahead of schedule.

Molenaar asks about Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate policy: “Does he think 6 million Washingtonians can change anything, while 3 billion people (India and China, the largest polluters on the planet) pollute all they want?” No, they don’t, but many in the U.S. would like to.

Every tenth of a degree of global warming matters. What Washington does matters. We need all the help we can get, and free-riders (those who wait for others to act) do us no favors.

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