Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001092
Received: 10/18/2013 12:01:43 PM
Commenter: Joel Carlson
Organization: OFA Thurston
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
The job of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect our environment. We are currently on track to the greatest mass extinction in the history of our planet. 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is what many scientists, climate experts, and national governments are now saying is the safe upper limit for sustainable life on earth. For many thousands of years before human industrialization it was 280 parts per million. Because of our massive burning of fossil fuels, we are now at 400 parts per million and rapidly rising. This is similar to the Permian period approx. 250 to 300 million years ago when huge volcanoes in what is now Russia raised the CO2 level to 900 ppm (parts per million) and the mean surface temperature 2 degrees C above modern level. Oceans rose significantly above modern levels, lost their oxygen and emitted deadly hydrogen sulphide gas. Nearly 90% of marine species and 70% of terrestrial species died out. It would take millions of years, well into the Triassic period for life to recover from this catastrophe. Stopping this destruction of our planet is the most important issue of our time!
We have got to stop burning fossil fuels as fast as possible. Solar panels for homes now are affordable and make economic sense. Electric and electric hybrid cars are rapidly developing, becoming more affordable and becoming a compelling buying decision. Buildings can be made much more energy efficient. Unfortunately most Republicans are bought and paid for by the fossil fuel industry. We must vote them out of office. We all must do our part to stop burning fossil fuels!
We cannot allow the destruction of our planet and the destruction of all jobs so we can have a few temporary fossil fuel jobs in Washington State! The fossil fuel companies are going bankrupt. To save our environment, fossil fuels must remain in the ground!