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Letter: Reject Kalama methanol plant

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Published: November 23, 2018, 6:00am

In a Nov. 17 article published in The Columbian, “Study: Methanol plant better plan for climate” (written by The Daily News), a study was cited that claimed building the proposed Kalama methanol plant was “better” than not building it from a global climate perspective. That is rather like saying a D is better than an F. While the statement is accurate, it ignores the fact that both are bad and undesirable. Perhaps the proposed methanol plant is marginally better than coal-based plants, but both are bad for the environment and contribute to global climate change. One may be “better” but neither is good.

Rather than spend time debating an inadequate comparison, let’s give a final no to the Chinese-owned Northwest Innovation Works methanol plant and use our American know-how and inventiveness to come up with the “best” solution. Let’s use our resources to establish clean energy and sustainable, good-paying jobs. Don’t settle for “better,” demand the best. Attend the public hearing at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Cowlitz County Event Center and tell the officials that the Northwest deserves the best.

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