Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001585 

Received: 11/8/2013 3:53:59 PM
Commenter: Peter Welte
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
I am opposed to this project and all projects that serve the purpose of extracting carbon from the ground and dumping it in the atmosphere. Life on Earth is already fairly challenging; think of all the food shortages, pest infections, droughts, forest fires and other extreme events we face in the Northwest, the U.S., and the world. If we want any hope of having a planet that is not a great deal *more* challenging to survive on, we need to curb our carbon emissions now in every way great and small, and in every place close or far. As Bill McKibben points out [1], there is a very short window of opportunity to alter course: "Scientists estimate that humans can pour roughly 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by midcentury and still have some reasonable hope of staying below two degrees. ("Reasonable," in this case, means four chances in five, or somewhat worse odds than playing Russian roulette with a six-shooter.) This idea of a global "carbon budget" emerged about a decade ago, as scientists began to calculate how much oil, coal and gas could still safely be burned. Since we've increased the Earth's temperature by 0.8 degrees so far, we're currently less than halfway to the target. But, in fact, computer models calculate that even if we stopped increasing CO2 now, the temperature would likely still rise another 0.8 degrees, as previously released carbon continues to overheat the atmosphere. That means we're already three-quarters of the way to the two-degree target. ... In fact, study after study predicts that carbon emissions will keep growing by roughly three percent a year – and at that rate, we'll blow through our 565-gigaton allowance in 16 years, around the time today's preschoolers will be graduating from high school." For the sake of today's preschoolers and their ability to live on a planet with a relatively stable environment that is necessary for their food, water, and housing needs, let's choose a better way forward than the path we've been on. Whether you are a planner, public administrator, or elected official reading this, please recognize that you have the opportunity to not only have a real impact on reducing carbon emissions by denying this project but to set an example for the rest of the country to follow. There is much at stake. In 25 to 50 years from now when inquisitive minds looks back and ask how America either rose to or succumbed to the greatest challenge thrown at us, this decision and the actions you take today will be part of that historic tale. This is a 'choose your own adventure' story on the grandest scale, and whether the final chapter ends with our heroic victory or tragic defeat depends in no small part by which page you decide to turn today. Please choose wisely. Thank you, ~ Peter Welte 1: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719