Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000088 

Received: 9/17/2013 1:02:00 PM
Commenter: Todd A. Davison
Organization: 
State: Washington

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
Submission Text
From:todav@q.com Sent:Tuesday, September 17, 2013 1:02 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Longview Bulk Export Facility : Coal Export

DOE Scoping Committee,

As a long time resident of Olympia Washington I would like to register my strong opposition to the use of any facility, port, railroad, road, or pipeline for the purpose of export of coal produced anywhere in North America.

In light of the easily available science related to burning coal to produce electricity on global warming, acidification of the oceans ,acid rain destruction of forest ecosystems the affects of mercury and other toxic substance fallout on all life forms, and the adverse health affects of fine particulate matter on human health, it is to me a matter of pure selfdestruction on our part to allow for the build out of infrastructure for the production and use of coal anywhere on the planet. It is completely irresponsible and blind to not take into account the effects of this massive consumption of coal on the other side of the planet and not recognize that the pollution and negative impacts on the entire globe do not exist.

The carbon dioxide load produced will stay in the Northern Hemisphere mostly for hundreds of years. The mercury fallout will poison the Pacific and Indian oceans and come back on all who consume fish from those regions for generations. The added carbon dioxide will increase ocean acidification and perhaps result in there being dead oceans in the near future. The export of high sulfur coal not allowed for consumption in the USA is like sending defective poisonous products for sale to other nations.

We know that there is a great need move towards a clean energy future.

Alternatives:

Sometimes there is no "Alternative" the alternative is to not do anything. Do not allow the use of Washington State land, our shared resource for purposes that are destructive to our future well being.

Real Alternatives:

Start a state and national symposium to put in effect building and product energy use guidelines to reduce the need for electricity.

Make a plan to have good high speed railroad transport of passengers and goods to all major points in Washington State such that the state becomes a highly efficient hub for moving the goods and services of the clean economy.

Visit the places that were going to import the coal and educate them that if they build clean energy it costs more upfront but less over time especially in that they will not have to import energy to support it.

Again, exporting coal to me is much like exporting poisonous defective goods with the caveat that in the end we are cheating and poisoning ourselves.

Sincerely,

Todd A. Davison Olympia WA. 360-789-2022