Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000358
Received: 9/30/2013 6:39:31 PM
Commenter: Kate Hilts
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
I am writing to very strongly urge all agencies to consider seriously the environmental and community impacts that a coal terminal of this size. The potential environmentally destructive impact-- particularly with respect to climate change-- distresses me greatly, not only as someone who lives in relative proximity to the proposed terminal-- but generally, as an American citizen concerned with our continued willful blindness towards the environmental havoc that we continue to wreak.
I remain unconvinced that other policy alternatives are not suitable for Washington to employ at this time. Additionally, the stimulated economic growth and possible job creation that could stem from the establishing of a coal terminal at said location, I consider to be utterly negligible when considered alongside the definite negative impacts of such a decision. The growth will be minor and short lived, while environmental impacts of dirty fuels such as coal are without exception long-lasting and negative. In addition, I find that few members of government tend to think long term: about the finite life-span of coal, and the economic collapse that will be inevitable if we feign ignorance and continue to rely on it.
I strongly urge the readers of this comment to prevent the construction of the proposed marine coal export. In a region of the nation with such bountiful and beautiful wildlife to preserve, it seems astonishing to me that residents of the pacific northwest can go about orofit-centered business without a mind to our environs. The United States are in a state of stagnation with regard to alternative fuels, which will eventually become far more profitable on the large scale than scarce fuels such as coal and oil. Before you is a unique opportunity to be ahead of one's time, and reject outmoded and inefficient forms of fuel. Embrace pioneerism in the fuel industry before your hand is forced by the collapse of the market, or the changing political tides.