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 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

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Ukraine boxers' patriotism bring hope

It’s not often that we see an athlete at the top of his (her) game walk away from a multi-million dollar payday to go home and fight for his (her) country. However, that is... — Updated 3/23/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

LNG can replace more Russian gas

There is an old saying: Don’t let the “perfect” be the “enemy” of the good! That is important to remember as we work our way out of the energy crisis exacerbated by... — Updated 3/23/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Washington considers timber harvesting ban

Washington’s Board of Natural Resources is considering banning timber harvesting on state lands. That is extremely unwise. Instead, the Board must insure its healthy forest... — Updated 3/3/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Ireland: Clean, greener and reopening

When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around March 17, the Irish have lots to celebrate. Ireland is still clean and green. Now, it is spending $15 million to bring visitors back. Irish... — Updated 2/25/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Drop assault on natural gas

Last year, Gov. Jay Inslee attempted an end run around the legislature by banning natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings via the state’s building codes. It was a bad... — Updated 2/10/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Time to replace longterm care law

The first order of business when Washington state's Legislature convenes in Olympia is replacing the state's new long-term care law. It is fatally flawed. Gov. Jay Inslee and Democr... — Updated 1/20/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Honoring our fallen heroes goes beyond lowering flags to half-staff

Lowering our flags to half-staff seems to be an all too familiar sight these days. It is a solemn act that recognizes our fallen heroes, whether they be men and women in our armed... — Updated 11/18/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

State needs to rethink business recruitment strategy

For years, Washington state masked its high business and regulatory costs with low-priced, reliable electricity - lots of it. However, Tennessee packages low-cost, reliable... — Updated 11/3/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Biden's green gamble, land wild card

Shortly after President Biden took office, he issued the sweeping executive order to transition America to TOTAL–-100 percent–-renewable electricity by 2035–-15 short years... — Updated 6/23/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Keeping America's semiconductor edge

Surprisingly, there is something U.S. Presidents agree upon — America’s economic and national security hinge upon maintaining our technology edge in semiconductors. Those tiny... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

China's stranglehold on critical metals

To the average American, China’s control of the world production, processing technology and stockpile of critical metals is not their concern. However, to our military and... — Updated 10/22/2020

 

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