Hafnia's methanol plant lost an important supporter when the governor had a change of heart

The hype in Washington State about the prospect of a large methanol plant set to create jobs, generate tax revenue and produce "climate-friendly" methanol has faded. The reason is growing environmental criticism. The fate of the Hafnia-supported plant will be decided in December.

All the stops were pulled out when China's President Xi Jinping met with the Governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, in 2015. Since then, Inslee has had a change of heart in terms of a state-owned Chinese methanol plant in Kalama, Washinton. Photo: Jason Redmond/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

In September 2015, Democratic Governor Jay Inslee enthusiastically welcomes a rare guest on the American continent.

China's President Xi Jinping and a large delegation of Chinese politicians, officials and businessmen fly in on an Air China jet, landing in Everett in the state of Washington on the US northwestern coast.

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