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Short is short on environment

Washington’s 7th Legislative District is a gem of forests, rivers and wildlife.

Karen Hardy, candidate for 7th District state senator, seeks to protect these resources, which are valued by conservationists, farmers, hunters and anglers, and communities alike. She is a straight talker and tells the truth about environmental issues.

On the other hand, Shelley Short, the 7th District Senate incumbent in the November election, is someone who sponsored legislation to give HiTest Sands a utility tax credit to locate its silicon smelter near Newport, and someone who opposed I-937, which called for clean energy requirements for utilities, and someone who thinks carbon reduction efforts should depend on cost factors, and someone who opposed the Supreme Court’s Hirst decision, which protected rural water supplies. That seriously calls into question the claim on Short’s congressional website that she “is a strong leader on energy, environment and regulatory issues and is a recognized local and national leader on climate change ….”

Short is short on the environment.

W. Thomas Soeldner

Valleyford, Wash.


 

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