By Hal Bernton, Seattle Times staff reporter • May 9, 2019 at 12:00 am
Gov. Jay Inslee — citing the “accelerating threat of climate change” — withdrew support Wednesday for two Western Washington natural-gas projects: one in Kalama that would turn this fossil fuel into methanol, and another in Tacoma that would produce a transportation fuel for the maritime industry.
Inslee had previously backed both of these projects, once calling the proposed Kalama methanol plant “one of the most innovative clean-energy projects in the nation” and a model for the world. But Inslee now says he can no longer “in good conscience” support that project or a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project that Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has proposed for Tacoma. MORE>>