Hey Enviros! We need a WIN!
…and it’s Right In Front of Us
Support The Kalama Methanol Plant. Reduce Global Greenhouse Gases by 11.5 Million Metric Tons per year.
Washington State Enviros continue to collect losses. Losing has become a habit.
Over the past three years, a State Carbon Tax has been defeated three times: Initiative 732 lost 60-40% in 2016. Governor Inslee, despite having a Democratically controlled Senate, couldn’t pass Senate Bill 6302 in 2017. And now, Initiative 1631 was soundly defeated 57-43% this month. Ouch.
In my 25 years working electoral politics in Washington State, I’ve learned an important lesson: Losing is NOT Winning. That may sound obvious, but many so-called environmental activists simply do not understand this. They’ll lose, year after year, and declare in some tortured way that the loss was actually a victory.
Let’s Remove 89% of the Cars from Washington Roads, beginning RIGHT NOW!
Fortunately, Washington’s Environmental Activists have the opportunity score a huge victory for the reduction of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions. It’s ready for them to push over the top, and to declare an easy and significant victory. Oddly, however, they are opposed to this effort.
Northwest Innovation Works is close to receiving final approval to build a $2 billion Methanol Plant at the Port of Kalama in Cowlitz County. They just received a stunning report that was overseen by the Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County, the lead agencies for the State’s Environmental Review.
The Study outlines that by building the plant, global greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by 11.5 Million Metric Tons per year.
How big a number is this? It is the equivalent of removing 89% of the cars on Washington’s roads. Right now. In the immediate future.
Think of the effort we all go through to improve our transportation system, in designing and building and buying electric cars. In building bike lanes and encouraging broad adoption of cleaner commutes.
The Kalama Methanol Plant would represent the largest single-effort reduction of Greenhouse Gases in the History of Washington State.
How does this work? How is building a Methanol plant going to reduce global emissions? The methanol will be produced using the tightly regulated natural gas coming from British Columbia. From there, it will be shipped to China, replacing a significant portion of Coal that is used to produce Methanol there. The offset will reduce global emissions by 11.5 million metric tons of CO2.
That is a stunning number. And would represent the largest single-effort reduction of Greenhouse Gases in the History of Washington State.
Environmentalists Can’t Get Out of Their Own Way
Yet…many of the leading environmental agencies and activists in Washington State can’t find their way to taking the win that’s right in front of them. The plant is opposed by the Sierra Club, Sightline Institute and the Colombia River Keepers. Their opposition makes little sense.
Primarily, they oppose the plant because they oppose the production of British Columbia Natural Gas. They use the word “fracked” to drum up their point, overlooking several key factors:
- The British Columbia Natural Gas Market is among the most tightly regulated markets in the world.
- China’s Coal Production and Burning are among the least tightly regulated markets in the world.
- If China doesn’t have a cheaper, cleaner source of fuels, they will continue to burn Coal.
Don’t Let the Good be the Enemy of the Perfect
So, instead of focusing on the staggering reduction of GHG available to us right now, many enviros prefer that China continue to burn coal. Loss after loss after loss. As I said before, it’s become an environmental habit.
Take the win. Let us all win. And let us move forward together.