Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000019
Received: 9/11/2013 1:33:02 AM
Commenter: Amy Glasser
Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Re: Please scope the impact of shipping million of tons of coal to countries that will burn that fuel and produce huge amounts of greenhouse gases. I also believe that given there is a proposal to build an additional 4 plants which if combined will send 150 million tons of coal to Asia, we must consider the cumulative effect of these proposals on our community and the planet in general.
We all know that climate change is real. We had the warmest year on record. The ice caps are melting at a rate faster than even the scientists have expected. The US is the largest fossil fuel producers on the planet. Our state is closing their only coal plant because it is so bad on the environment, yet we want to mine, transport, ship and allow China to burn that dirty fuel? We don’t want China to ship us toys that have lead in them yet we will ship them cheap coal to burn and further degrade our environment. That cheap coal will also power the factories that will produce cheap products that will be shipped back to us. Why would we want to give China a way to undercut and sell us cheap goods when we want to build up our own manufacturing industry?
We all want to have this planet healthy for our children and grandchildren and it will not be if the planet is so warm that skin cancer and respiratory illnesses are the norm, coastal cities are flooded and farms are constantly experiencing drought.
This is a personal issue, a community issue, a state issue, a national issue and a global issue. I understand that this EIS is supposed to only cover our local environment however it is impossible to consider permitting a project that primary purpose is to ship coal to Asia to burn and thus increasingly affect the health of the planet and locally, the residents in Cowlitz County.
Please study the significant impact this project along with the other 4 proposals on the west coast, will have on the acceleration on global warming. There are numerous studies that indicate that the burning of coal is resulting in the health dangers to people and the planet. This must be studied as it would be insane to call an Environmental Impact Statement without considering the planet as part of our environment.