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Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) wants to build the world’s largest methanol plant in Kalama, WA, using natural gas from the Northwest. Part of the Chinese government, their parent company is the Chinese Academy of Sciences Holdings Co., whose Chairman Wu Lebin encouraged use of methanol as a fuel for cars and ships. There is no firm commitment to replace coal, their main raw material as the source of methanol in China.

The U.S. Navy has 283 vessels. China has 317 ships and submarines, the world’s largest navy. They have the DF-26, “carrier killer” ballistic missile. In the South China Sea lie the Parcel and Spratly Islands with YJ-12B anti-ship cruise missiles on disputed Chinese bases.

Admiral Philip Davidson, head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, said, “There is no guarantee that the United States would win a future conflict with China.”

China’s industry needs to power its navy. Why use our natural resources? On Dec. 13 at the Cowlitz Convention Center, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., attend a public hearing on the environmental impact of this plant.

Tom Gordon

Washougal

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