For Immediate Release — February 21, 2019
Olympia—Today, a coalition of climate change advocates delivered more than 130,000 public comments calling on Gov. Jay Inslee to stop any new fracked gas infrastructure in Washington State, including methanol refineries proposed for Tacoma and Kalama. As Inslee considers a climate-focused Presidential campaign, environmental advocates say he should keep one thing in mind: climate leaders don’t frack.
Statement from Food & Water Action Regional Organizing Manager Thomas Meyer
“Gov. Inslee has spoken eloquently about the threat of climate change, but has failed to forcefully oppose fracking, and has even supported the construction of fracked-gas infrastructure right here in Washington State. Fierce opposition to the Tacoma methanol refinery made him change his tune, ever so slightly. Yet, his administration is still considering whether to grant permits for the project, as well as another methanol refinery in Kalama.
Fracking has made the United States a global leader in oil and gas production and a global looser in meaningful climate action. There just isn’t room in the Democratic party for leaders who still support fracking and destructive fossil fuel infrastructure. Since Inslee was first elected governor, three of his counterparts have banned fracking in their states, including the Republican governors of Maryland and Florida. Before Gov. Inslee hits the road to tout his climate credentials, he needs to take a strong position against fracking and stop the proposed infrastructure right here in Washington.”
Contact: Thomas Meyer, (360) 460-7397, [email protected]
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