Greenwashing fossil fuel export? We won’t stand for it.

Thanks to your hard work, Washington officials are starting to see the Kalama methanol refinery for what it really is: a climate disaster. And the company is fighting for its life by greenwashing its project. 

Greenwashing fossil fuel export? We won’t stand for it.

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Power Past Fracked Gas Rally, February 2019. (Photo by Ale Blakely.)

Thanks to your hard work, Washington officials are starting to see the Kalama methanol refinery for what it really is: a climate disaster. And the company is fighting for its life by greenwashing its project. 

As a Columbia Riverkeeper member, we want to share with you our recent analysis and advocacy on the Kalama methanol refinery. The methanol company, Northwest Innovation Works, will say almost anything to keep its proposal alive. Riverkeeper exposed how the company’s executives hid the truth: after promising Washington regulators that its methanol would not be burned as fuel, the company courted investors by saying that methanol is a great fuel! Now, the company has trotted out an unenforceable agreement not to sell methanol for fuel and a mitigation plan that only addresses a fraction of the greenhouse gas pollution.        

Your support allows Riverkeeper to fight back against this greenwashing. Yesterday, we explained to the Washington Department of Ecology why methanol from Kalama would likely be burned as a fossil fuel overseas, despite the company’s claims. We also protested the new greenhouse gas mitigation plan, which ignores millions of tons of climate pollution every year. We hope the Washington Department of Ecology will see through the company's tactics.   

Let’s keep the momentum going: 
Together, we will protect the Columbia River and our climate.