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Sept. 20, 2020

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Letter: Kalama methanol plant bad idea

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Thank you for pointing out that “97 percent of peer-reviewed climate studies have concluded that human activity has contributed to global warming.” (“In Our View: Reminder of climate change blows into county,” The Columbian, Sept. 9). The hazardous air we breathe puts all of us at risk. Your prescription of “a drastic reduction in the burning of fossil fuels” is key to keeping us safe and healthy, our community habitable.

This is why so many of us resist when we are asked to follow the smoky yellow brick road north, to the mythical land of Oz (Kalama), where a proposed methanol refinery and export terminal will turn fracked gas to methanol for export to China. Allegedly (promises the Chinese company behind the curtain) this will save the world from rising greenhouse gas emissions.

We cannot afford to believe everything we hear from the company that lies repeatedly to regulators and the public, inducing the Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County to put an international company’s profits over the health, safety and long-term viability of the river corridor that we all love. This is a bad bargain for Washington and our children’s future. Find out more about public hearings and how to comment at: https://tinyurl.com/y56qo8pz.

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