As green as Green: Cantwell alone has environment covered

Thursday, October 19, 2006 – 12:00 AM

Letters to the editor
The next U.S. senator

Editor, The Times:

There are clear differences between the national parties’ views on the environment, and the state of our state and nation can be decided by a few handfuls of votes this Nov. 7. As an outspoken marine conservationist, I am dismayed that the Green Party has recruited a candidate for this year’s U.S. Senate race when Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., has earned our broad support by distinguishing herself as an environmental champion and defender of the public’s interests [“Green Party Senate candidate has roots as ’60s activist,” Times, Local News, Oct. 15].

Despite being a freshman in the minority party who has refused to take PAC money, Cantwell has remarkably been able to defeat the entrenched powers of the energy industry by protecting ratepayers from Enron; keeping the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge pristine; and defending the late Washington Sen. Warren Magnuson’s legacy from BP’s repeated legislative attacks on his tanker restrictions through Washington waters.

While defending against such short-term corporate greed, Cantwell has promoted an economically viable alternative-energy future.

Green candidate Aaron Dixon has a strong record of civic involvement that would better serve us if he sought a more local office for his entry into politics and thought again before suggesting Cantwell’s environmental record is overrated.

— Fred Felleman, Seattle

~ by fredfelleman on October 19, 2006.

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