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 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

It's That Time of the Year

Some would argue that spring is the most wonderful time of the year in Washington. Throughout our state fruit trees blossom, vibrant tulip fields bloom, and colorful lentils... — Updated 5/19/2023

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Carefully weigh energy tradeoffs

President Biden is unwisely “throttling up” plans to ditch carbon fuels unilaterally despite the extreme consequences of doing so. He wants to accelerate replacement of... — Updated 5/19/2023

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Employers Struggle to Find Work Balance

Today, employers continue to struggle finding enough workers while attempting to bring people back to the office (work sites). A key problem is there simply aren’t enough people... — Updated 4/12/2023

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

School Safety Needs Wider Attention

My Mom would be horrified by the rash of violence in our schools today. The most recent tragedy at Covenant School in Nashville where three students and three adults were shot to... — Updated 4/12/2023

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

People Depend More on Local Pharmacies for Medical Information

While the coronavirus clobbered many businesses, pharmacies were not among them. In fact, since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19, a pandemic, local pharmacists... — Updated 3/2/2023

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Past time for an energy reality check

If we are to meet our soaring demand for electricity and produce it without coal and natural gas, we must double down on nuclear power. Today, U.S. nuclear plants generated enough... — Updated 2/21/2023

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Time to halt benefits scam

Three years after crooks stole billions in unemployment insurance funds, federal and state officials are scrambling to retrieve the money which was directed to the jobless and plug... — Updated 2/21/2023

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Data Centers Looking to capture heat

Coupled with rapid growth of data centers we rely upon for internet service and information storage is an increased demand for electricity to power millions of computers and cool... — Updated 1/26/2023

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Expanded Panama Canal Challenges Washington Ports

The $5.4 billion expansion of the Panama Canal is paying off for East Coast and Gulf of Mexico seaports. It is putting pressure on the Pacific Ocean-based terminals to be more... — Updated 12/29/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Veterans' Wreaths Spread Across America

The Holiday Season is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving lost loved ones. Evergreen wreaths placed on veterans' graves across America help to ease that pain. More... — Updated 12/29/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Energy: All-of-the-above needed

Looking ahead to 2023 one of the most significant shifts America needs is to return to an “All of the Above” strategy which expands our energy options rather than further... — Updated 12/29/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Recovery hinges on returning to work

To “Build Back America” key workers must return to jobsites. It is not good enough for President Biden to lean back on low unemployment numbers claiming success when employers c... — Updated 11/3/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Recycling Lithium Batteries Must Accelerate

Demand for Electric Vehicles (EV) is soaring---accelerated by climate change concerns. EVs reduce tailpipe emissions from cars, trucks and buses which are responsible for 30... — Updated 11/3/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Firewood, the new gold in Europes energy crisis

With Russian President Vladimur Putin cutting off natural gas supplies, Northern Europeans are scrambling and reverting to firewood to heat their homes, boil water and cook. It is... — Updated 11/3/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Seattle needs herculean effort for drugs, crime

Over the years, Seattle leaders faced “Herculean” challenges yet found the will, resources, and determination to come together and tackle them. Today’s conundrum is to... — Updated 9/29/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Garbage, an important energy source

If you live in Spokane, you know about its waste-to-energy facility which burns up to 800 tons of solid waste a day and can generate 22 megawatts of electricity---enough to power... — Updated 9/29/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Innovators can increase fresh water

In Washington, this year we’re fortunate to have escaped the historic droughts plaguing other parts of the world. The Columbia River basin water system has been at normal levels w... — Updated 9/13/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Gas engines part of reducing CO2

Implausible as it may seem, gasoline powered vehicles can be part of reducing carbon emissions. They need to be part of the solution and not brushed aside. Take for example,... — Updated 8/12/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Restoring America's semiconductor manufacturing edge

Surprisingly, recent U.S. Presidents and congressional Democrats and Republicans agree America’s economic and national security hinge upon tiny, yet powerful semiconductors. Semic... — Updated 7/28/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Lower Snake River dams' power hard to replace

Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray, both Democrats, issued a draft report which estimates that breaching the four lower Snake River dams and replacing their electricity and... — Updated 6/20/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Drones can help scorched forestlands

Regenerating millions of western forested acres scorched by large wildfires is a herculean task costing hundreds of billions. However, healthy growing woodlands are essential to... — Updated 6/20/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

COVID-19 clawback spurs robotics

Prior to the corona virus outbreak, economies in the industrial world were moving along fairly smoothly-— reliable supply chains with “just in time” component arrivals,... — Updated 6/9/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Laminated products reduce fire risk

Wood buildings are making a comeback in the Pacific Northwest thanks to new laminated timber products. Even very large buildings are now constructed with laminated beams and are suc... — Updated 5/19/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Gov. Inslee, Sen. Murray targeting wrong dams

Gov. Jay Inslee and Senator Patty Murray have their priorities backward when it comes to rebuilding Snake River salmon and steelhead runs. Instead of focusing on ripping out dams... — Updated 5/19/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Ukraine needs it's sunflower power

Sunflowers are to Ukraine what tulips are to western Washington. During the blooming season, both are spectacular and represent the best in the people who cultivate and visit those... — Updated 4/14/2022

 

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