Governor: Coal export idea is ‘harebrained’ plan

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee says the Trump administration’s idea to use military bases or other federal properties to export fossil fuels to Asia would undermine national security and state rights.

Inslee is a Democrat and called the idea a “harebrained proposal” in a statement Monday.

The potential use of naval or other federal properties as transshipment points was described to The Associated Press by Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke and two Republican lawmakers.

West Coast officials have rejected private-sector efforts to build new coal ports to ship the fuel to Asia.

Zinke says it’s a matter of national security to ensure U.S. allies in the Pacific Rim have access to affordable fuels.

Inslee says President Donald Trump should consider the national security threats of climate change.