Oil refiners should stop shipping to King County, after lawsuit targets industry, Ericksen says

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OLYMPIA – State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, has a suggestion for King County government officials who filed suit last week against the nation’s biggest oil companies: Try getting along without oil.

“King County is declaring war on oil companies,” said Ericksen, ranking Republican member on the Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee. “If oil is so awful, maybe King County ought to stop using it.”

King County last week filed suit against five major oil companies, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell, for allegedly downplaying the hazards of climate change. Ericksen said the major oil refiners of Whatcom County and Northwest Washington ought to consider shutting off exports to King County until the suit is resolved.

“Activists think oil companies are the bad guys, but we expect better sense from King County government officials. We can’t avoid using oil. I wonder how long King County would last with traffic at a standstill and planes grounded for lack of jet fuel.

“I think a lot of us are getting tired of watching government agencies file lawsuits to make political statements. In Whatcom County, we are keenly interested in the health of the oil industry, and we recognize how absurd this is. If King County wants war with the oil industry, perhaps it ought to stop trading with the enemy, and see how it likes it.”