The authors of the Op-Ed supporting the Kalama methanol refinery rightly state that we need sustainable development to help protect our environment. However, they are wrong in stating that Northwest Innovation Works’s proposed facility meets those standards.

The project would lock us into reliance on fracked gas — the extraction of which emits excessively high levels of climate-wrecking methane — for decades. The environmental impact statement says the refinery would operate for 40 years. How can we justify burning fossil fuels for this period of time when scientists agree we only have 11 years to avert a climate crisis?

If Washington is serious about reducing carbon emissions and supporting real sustainable development, then the Department of Ecology must reject this project.

Charlotte Linton, Seattle