Wednesday, July 19, 2017
July 19, 2017: Sierra Club Challenges Washington's Green Governor on Plans to Build Fracked-Gas-to-Methanol Refinery
Ever since the plan to build what would become the world's largest fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery on the banks of the Columbia River was proposed, environmentalists and Governor Jay Inslee have been on opposite sides. For Inslee, considered one of the nation's greenest governors, the proposal by a subsidiary of the Chinese government is a "low-carbon energy" project that will stimulate trade. For the Sierra Club, 350 Seattle and others, a fossil fuel project that will release methane, a powerful warming gas, is one they say neither the state nor the planet can afford. Martha Baskin has the story.