The Voice for Industry
|May 21, 2009|
Signs of Economic Hope
Just for a moment, forget about the green shoots, hopeful embers, huckleberry blossoms and all the other metaphors that are being used by commentators attempting to divine signs that the worst of the recession may be over. We don't quite trust them.
But Seattle Industry has found two good signs that things may be better long term than many of us think and they are the subject of a two-part series that begins today with the second installment appearing in the eBulletin next Wednesday, May 27.
Hopeful item one
The Obama administration recently made a highly unpopular decision to drastically narrow the focus of the decision to list the Alaskan polar bear for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.
The decision infuriated some of the nation's most active environmental action groups while demonstrating the potential benefits of having a bunch of brainiacs in the White House who may be secure enough to standup to climate-change hysteria.
Hopeful item two
It's under reported and under appreciated but the United States turns out to be home to more natural gas than was conceivable even a few years ago.
This is not only good news for national energy security, it may be great news for the environment because natural gas is a far cleaner fuel for generating electricity than coal is and there's enough of it to get us through the next few decades while new, cleaner fuel technologies are refined and brought on line.
Just picture it. Barak Obama as a super smart Jed Clampett, hunting for solutions to climate change just as the nation starts to ooze a cleaner burning substitute fuel. The recession might be his inherited burden, but natural gas may turn out to be one of his unexpected blessings.
More about gas next week. Our report on polar bears can be found here.
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Olive Way & Pike/Pine Ramps To Close for Tunnel Preparation
Construction is now underway on University Link (U-Link), a 3.15-mile light rail line extension that will connect downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and the University of Washington.
In early 2011, the tunnel boring machine that will dig the light rail tunnels between Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle will start working south from Capitol Hill. Before the tunnel boring machine reaches the Pine Street area in late 2011, the ground under I-5 must be prepared for its arrival.
This work requires temporary closures of the Olive Way off-ramp from northbound I-5, the Cherry Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 and the Pike/Pine reversible HOV ramp to the I-5 express lanes. During the closures, drivers should plan ahead and expect the following:
Sound Transit is working closely with the Washington State Department of Transportation, the City of Seattle and King County Metro to plan detours. During the year-long closure a signed detour route will be used. Drivers will exit to Madison Street and turn left on Boren Avenue to reach Olive Way. A major effort to educate drivers about the detour routes and construction status is underway.
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