Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000355
Received: 9/30/2013 3:13:11 PM
Commenter: Helen Spencer-Wallace
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
Dear SEPA and NEPA,
I express my opposition to the proposed port at Longview for the following reasons. The cumulative impact assessment does not stretch far enough either temporally or physically, and if it did, there is no way this project would be approved. Many of the jobs that would be 'created' by the plant would be only temporary. While I know that folks need work and asap, I also know that supplying them with jobs in a soon-to-die industry that will leave many jobless in only a year or two is NOT progress. The resources being invested in this proposal should be going to create more permanent, responsible jobs in cleaner energy. Coal is considered the most polluting energy by many, and considering the continual release of scientific research that outlines the nigh-apocalyptic future effects of CO2 pollution, it must be phased out as an energy source. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is currently releasing its Fifth Assessment Report, the evidence in which supports the argument that no new coal infrastructure should be implemented: "Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed
changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased." (1) The science is in on climate change, and I know that all of you reading this are fully aware of it. I know that the question comes down to the benefits of this project for our region.
It is necessary to encourage our region to accelerate into the future of cleaner energy, not take the path of least resistance and choose pollution, quick-and-easy-to-create jobs, and continuance of the failures of the Industrial Revolution. Our region will accrue many more benefits from investing in cleaner energy and our accompanying cutting-edge, smart image than it will from being just another highly coal-dependent economy. I am a young person, soon to enter the work force, who wants to work in the region where my health can be the most ensured, and I love the Columbia Gorge and would love to continue living and working here after I graduate college. If the port at Longview is approved, I will try to move away from this region so that I can find a job that is more secure and less mired in an irresponsible, stagnated, and increasingly coal-dependent economy. I know there are many others who share my opinion.
Please think of how this proposal will affect young people, and generations to come. I know that people need work, but so do your grandchildren. Fossil fuels are being phased out. Don't let our region boom and bust.
1. (IPCC, Working Group I. "Summary for Policymakers." 27 September 2013. SPM-3.)