Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001579 

Received: 11/8/2013 1:29:31 PM
Commenter: Bud Laurent
Organization: 
State: Oregon

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
America must stop mining, burning and exporting coal NOW. There is no longer any excuse to ignore the consequences of these actions, taken in the names of corporate profit and short-term jobs, when we KNOW that continuing to add carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere and oceans is causing global changes that cannot be controlled or repaired once the "genie" is out of the bottle. If we could read carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as a pressure gauge, like one on a boiler of a locomotive, the needle has entered into the red warning zone beyond which ruinous danger lay, and it would be sheer madness to keep pouring coal into the boiler when we know the whole thing is about to blow. If this permit process is doing all it can to keep the locomotive going as fast as it can, rather than conducting an objective, science-based analysis, it will be responsible for the consequent train wreck. There can be no cost-benefit analysis that could justify America continuing to accelerate down the track toward global warming. If this permit process does not examine coal exports in light of this project's contribution to greenhouse gases and global warming, knowing that we are now cresting 400 ppm of carbon dioxide, it is a sham and a fraud. In addition to cost-benefit analyses of this project, the EIS must also show what steps need to be taken, and by when, to restore global carbon dioxide concentrations to levels where climate science says they must be if we are avoid the certain catastrophes of wholesale climate change. Please - let the American citizens know that you care more about long term consequences and the health of the Earth than you care about the short term economic benefit that will be long forgotten when the climate change chickens come home to roost. What will be remembered are those who had a chance to tell the truth, and didn't.