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Fossil-fuel realities

Regretfully, we will, for the present, have to continue relying on the utilization of fossil fuels for our energy needs [“Mayor’s politicking over Port lease hurts maritime industry,” Opinion, May 6].

When our mayor attempts to block the Shell oil rig from temporarily docking in Seattle, he engages in formulating pie-in-the-sky rhetoric by stating that it’s time to focus on the economy of the future: clean energy, electric cars and transit. That’s laudable, but that is in the future.

In the meantime, we have to cut back on fossil fuels but still rely upon them.

Martin Paup, Seattle

It’s ugly

A crane lifts a container at Terminal 5 (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times).
A crane lifts a container at Terminal 5 (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times).

Does anyone else notice how enormous and ugly the Shell offshore oil platform that would be semi-permanently docked in Elliott Bay is? It’s 300 feet tall — that dwarfs any other vessel moored here, and is taller than many permanent structures located within proximity to the shoreline.

It assuredly will impact views, tourism and quality of life here in a negative way.

This assault on our precious harbor must be stopped.

Gordon Griffiths, Seattle

Oil is in everything

In regard to the kayakers who are protesting the Shell oil rig coming to Seattle, this is a small list of what these protesters or any other kayaker will need for a one-day event: Life jacket, raincoat, wet suit (optional), first-aid kit, sunburn lotion, chapstick, sunglasses, backpack, water bottles, flashlight, bungee strap, bug repellent, waterproof boots, telephone, nylon rope, plastic bags and containers to keep food dry — and, of course, a big plastic kayak that you had to secure to the top of a Subaru to get to the beach.

My question: How can they effectively protest the drilling for petroleum when they support the petroleum industry by buying all the products made from petroleum?

Tom Ancich, Coupeville