Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001533
Received: 10/15/2013 3:49:00 PM
Commenter: Sara Bhakti
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
From:Sara Bhakti <email@example.com> Sent:Tuesday, October 15, 2013 3:49 PM To:firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, WA Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission,
I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.
Climate change is the great issue of our time. Moreover, any truly effective strategy to combat climate change will likely require two fundamental elements: first, putting a price on carbon so that polluting the atmosphere is no longer free; and second, keeping a significant portion of remaining fossil-fuel reserves in the ground rather than burning them. Anticipating greater government regulation of carbon emissions, many commentators have begun to question the business models of fossil fuel companies. For example, the Carbon Tracker Initiative (http://www.carbontracker.org/) has calculated that roughly 80% of the world's fossil fuel reserves cannot be consumed without pushing the earth's temperature beyond the 2 degree C increase that climate scientists believe marks the tipping point beyond which the impacts are likely to be catastrophic. This suggests that fossil fuel companies, whose valuations are based in part on known reserves, may be overvalued: when this carbon bubble bursts, their unburnable carbon could become a stranded asset and their businesss models may come under tremendous pressure.
This proposed coal export terminal would negatively affect my community by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders. It would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, harm human health, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Thank you for this opportunity to comment.
Sara Bhakti 521 7th Ave Kirkland, WA 98033