Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001410 

Received: 9/4/2013 9:33:00 PM
Commenter: James Rankin
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Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
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Submission Text
From:Rankin, James <jim.rankin@oregonstate.edu> Sent:Wednesday, September 04, 2013 9:28 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Commentary on Proposed Cowlitz Marine Terminal for Coal Export
Having so much coal pass through here will hurt the environment in many ways: by polluting the air through which the trains pass, by contaminating water should any of it spill, and by polluting the air and causing global warning when it burns.
We must get away from coal and all these fuels from Hell immediately, and conserve much more, become much more efficient, and switch to much cleaner fuel sources. That we haven't already done that by now despite the decades of warnings by scientists has condemned Earth to become an ever less hospitable planet, and imperiled our own competitive technological edge in resource technology as we continue to not account for the great costs to our health and our environment with all this pollution and climate change while some more enlightened nations have taken wise steps to move to more sustainable ways of living.
If we assessed an appropriate carbon tax to accurately measure the environmental costs of extracting it from underground, transporting it and then burning it for fuel, and the overall health costs to those exposed to it through all these stages, and the economic costs from the catastrophic structural and agricultural losses due to increased frequency & intensity of storms, flooding, drought, etc., or the huge expenses needed to protect cities and homes from such calamities, you would find unmistakably and overwhelmingly that this proposal would be a colossal folly, economically as well as environmentally, and something we in the Northwest must have no part of whatsoever.