Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001439 

Received: 10/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Commenter: Anonymous 

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
Submission Text
From:larry wilhelmsen <> Sent:Friday, October 18, 2013 4:00 PM Subject:Coal Export Considerations-
Dear Sirs: I have listened to many of the public comments made at the various sites for verbal comments and believe we can not use global warming projections in the decision process. The scare is based on many computer models that have guessed at inputs and many claims made decades ago that are not coming true. So lets look at what has happened up to now. Since the Little Ice Age about 300 years ago we have a steady warming. For 200 years warming was about one degree each 100 years and the last 100 years it has been about 1.5 degrees. Since most of the carbon dioxide emissions were in the last 100 years it is safe to say that all global warming gasses added in the last 100 years gave 0.5 degrees warming. Scientific laws say that to get the next 0.5 degrees of warming we will need double the concentration of green house gases. If we had an increase of 180ppm in the last 100 years it will take a 360ppm increase to get the next 0.5 degrees of warming. At in increase of 2ppm per year this is clearly a very long time that probably exceeds the period of reasonably available fossil fuels. The IPCC gets higher numbers by guessing at feedback factors that have not been proved. Finally many studies have shown that carbon dioxide increases aid the production of vegetation and trees vital to plant and animal life. A warmer earth is vital to feeding the growing earth population. Warmer air contains more water vapor and it is also vital for more rain to crops. Please consider that we as a country of 5% of the worlds population have been consuming about 25% of world oil production and we should give back to the rest of the world by sharing our estimated 25% of coal reserves. Technology has given us the ability of be free of oil imports within the next ten years. This technology has also given us LNG that will soon power locomotives and nearly eliminate diesel smell and smoke that so many people complained about. LET PAY OUR COAL ASSETS FORWARD TO THE REST OF THE WORLD! I will do my part and put up with train noise and traffic delays to help the rest of the world!