Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001295
Received: 10/24/2013 7:18:53 PM
Commenter: Josephine Ferorelli
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 Millennium Bulk project poses and ethical choice to every decision maker involved in its consideration. Can we facilitate the burning of tens of millions of tons of coal in the face of evidence that burning coal dangerously alters out weather and environment? I traveled across the country this summer, and everywhere I stopped I found weather from the wrong time of year, from the wrong region. There was torrential rain and flooding in Connecticut and Colorado. There was an unprecedented week of heavy rain in the Utah salt flats that resulted in hordes of black flies in the desert. Temperatures fluctuated dramatically in Chicago and New York, making it hard to dress appropriately from morning to evening, one day to the next. And every day I read news reports from other countries experiencing record heat, flooding, fires, typhoons.
Coal shipped overseas from the Millennium Bullk terminal will be burned, creating CO2 and other greenhouse gases, contributing to climate damage. The adverse effects of the project could not be mitigated, because its purpose is to facilitate coal burning.
I urge the agencies to consider the impact of end-site emissions, the impact on the global regions currently feeling the worst effects of climate change, and the cumulative impact of this project with the Gateway Pacific Terminal proposal and the Port of Morrow proposal, as well as the terminal expansion proposals in British Columbia.
Because there is currently no national or international regulatory body who consider it their responsibility to weigh the emissions and climate impacts of large infrastructure projects, the most important decisions of our lifetime are falling through the cracks. I urge you to set the precedent of considering carbon and climate, before our small window for action closes.