Washington governor blasts plan to export coal, gas from military bases

Washington governor blasts plan to export coal, gas from military bases
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Monday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump campaign buys full page ads in Miami newspapers ahead of Dem debates Trump administration's 'forced diplomacy' with Iran isn't working Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama MORE's proposal to use military bases to export coal from the West Coast to Asia, saying in a statement that the idea is "reckless."

“This reckless, harebrained proposal undermines national security instead of increasing it, and it undermines states’ rights to enforce necessary health, safety and environmental protections in their communities," Inslee said.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets Iran with new sanctions Exclusive: Trump administration delayed releasing documents related to Yellowstone superintendent's firing Trump's order to trim science advisory panels sparks outrage MORE on Monday told The Associated Press that the Trump administration is considering using military bases and federal properties in states such as Washington, Oregon and California to ship coal and natural gas to Asia.

“I respect the state of Washington and Oregon and California,” Zinke told the AP. “But also, it’s in our interest for national security and our allies to make sure that they have access to affordable energy commodities.”

Zinke also said the Trump administration is interested in partnering with private companies to handle the exports.

Inslee in his statement said that "the men and women who serve at our military bases are there to keep our country safe, not to service an export facility for private fossil fuel companies."

He added that he hasn't personally heard from the Trump administration and has instead had to rely on news reports for information about the potential exports.

“Our state has been left in the dark about the Administration's latest scheme. We’ve seen the news reports but have yet to hear from them in person. This effort is just the latest attempt at an end run around Washington’s authority to safeguard the health and safety of our people," he said.