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Oct. 25, 2020

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Letter: Examine impact of methanol plant


The proposed Chinese-backed world’s largest methanol refinery in Kalama would produce up to 2.9 million tons per year of CO2 equivalents, making the refinery emissions second only to the Centralia coal-fired power plant that closes in 2025.

We are now in a comment period on the greenhouse gas Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. The report ignores or downplays comprehensive studies and underestimates climate impacts. Instead, the report focuses on unsubstantiated simplistic assumptions about global methanol markets, energy commodity prices, Chinese government policy, and U.S.-China trade relations. Real economics is dynamic and not so simple.

The refinery would increase the amount of gas consumed in Washington by more than one-third, encourage fracking, necessitate new pipelines and emit dangerous diesel particulate matter. See for project background, report and comment talking points. See We need to make it clear that we do not want this enormous polluter by coming to the hearing, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Cowlitz County Event Center.

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