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 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Japanese hydrogen pilot may work in Washington

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were billed as the “Hydrogen Olympics!” Then along came COVID and sporting events worldwide were put on hold. The summer games were delayed until 2021. P... — Updated 8/5/2021

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Massive reforestation effort needed to absorb CO2

Massive forest fires in western parts of our country are not only choking us with layers of thick smoke, but are leaving behind millions of acres of scorched hillsides, ridges and... — Updated 7/29/2021

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Family tree farms key to cutting greenhouse gases

As climate change concerns grow, researchers are turning to small tree farmers for help. Actually, they have been helping for nearly a century, but their efforts have largely gone... — Updated 6/30/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Water has its own greenhouse gas problems

In our zest to quickly switch from gas-powered to battery-operated vehicles and to convert our power grid to wind and solar generated electricity, the impacts of CO2 released from... — Updated 6/17/2021

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Unemployment insurance intended for workers as a bridge between jobs

When Congress established the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) in 1935, it was intended to provide temporary and partial income replacement for workers who lost their jobs... — Updated 5/13/2021

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

It's time to start rethinking natural gas bans

Sometimes being first isn’t good. Such is the case with legislation making Washington the only state to ban natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings. Thankfully, the legi... — Updated 4/29/2021

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Super Bowl ads: Super expensive, super perplexing

Why would any company spend $5.5 million for a 30-second Super Bowl ad which leaves viewers perplexed as some glitzy and abstract commercials did? After production costs are tacked... — Updated 2/11/2021

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Working from home is likely here to stay

With COVID-19 vaccines being widely dispensed, will an end to this pandemic halt “work from home?” Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels? Not likely!... — Updated 1/14/2021

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Bracing for bigger changes from working remotely

Now that vaccines are available, we hope our lives will return to the way they were before the coronavirus pandemic blanketed the globe. That is not likely to occur. Last March our... — Updated 1/7/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Introducing wind blade concrete mixture

Would you believe in the future when a cement truck shows up to pour your foundation or patio, the mixture will likely contain ground-up wind turbine blades? As a part of new... — Updated 12/17/2020

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

E-waste reduction requires innovative approaches

One of the biggest challenges of the 21st Century is dealing with the progress of the 20th Century — especially old computers, monitors, cellular phones and televisions. These... — Updated 12/3/2020

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Boeing gets good news with 737MAX return to service approval

Finally, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cleared Boeing’s revamped 737MAX to return to service and Seattle Times aviation writer, Dominic Gates, reports its first... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Coronavirus is spurring growth in air cargo industry

It’s no secret that airlines and airplane manufacturers have been clobbered by the coronavirus pandemic. Particularly hard hit are international flights traditionally flown by jum... — Updated 11/19/2020

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Diversity is the lifeline our military relies upon

Diversity in the ranks has been the lifeline of our all-volunteer military, but it wasn’t always that way. As we celebrate Veterans Day, we ought to be thankful for all of the... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Movement to defund police is a bad idea

A couple of years ago, a major regional medical clinic leader announced his support for a local tax hike to beef up the city’s police force and provide cops with better training... — Updated 10/29/2020

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

President uses rare order to break China's hammerlock 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 10/15/2020

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Coronavirus is compounding the recycling calamity

What happens in China, doesn’t always stay in China. We learned that a couple of years ago when the Chinese stopped buying massive volumes of the world’s used paper, plastics... — Updated 9/24/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business, drones helping to restore scorched forestlands

Replanting the millions of acres scorched by wildfires in our western woodlands will be herculean task priced in the hundreds of billions. Thankfully, many businesses, such as Bank... — Updated 9/17/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Better forest management could fix many problems

Not only is the world in the grasp of the COVID-19 pandemic, but America’s western wildlands are burning up, as well. California Gov. Gavin Newsom told reporters his state has a... — Updated 9/10/2020

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Colder weather could further chill restaurant recovery

Sunny summer weather helped restaurant owners and workers recover after they were broadsided by the coronavirus pandemic last March. However, as fall morphs into winter and diners... — Updated 8/27/2020

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

New nuclear needs solution inclusion

If Americans are to receive all of their electricity without coal and natural gas by 2035, they will need nuclear power. Even if Washingtonians, who already procure over 70 percent... — Updated 8/20/2020

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Seattle could repeat 1972's 'Lights Out' in 2022

Far too few people remember the 1972 Seattle billboard: “Would the last person who leaves Seattle please turn out the lights?” The reference was to the massive job losses at... — Updated 7/16/2020

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Washington Needs to Change to Stay on Top

In early June, the financial website WalletHub released its rankings of “Best and Worse State Economies” and Washington led the field of 51 as best by a healthy margin.... — Updated 6/25/2020

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

China's push for high tech dominance centers on metals

While the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest are front page news, China’s unrelenting push to leap over our country in critical technology and hoarding of strategic metals... — Updated 6/18/2020

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Closed landfills may eventually house solar farms

Solar power is getting a lot of attention these days as our country strives to reduce greenhouse gases. Sunny cities like Honolulu, Los Angeles and San Antonio have ramped-up solar... — Updated 6/4/2020

 

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