Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001587 

Received: 11/8/2013 4:45:20 PM
Commenter: Wayne Slawson
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
Recently, I've read justifications for environmentally damaging actions like building bulk terminals on the west coast for coal exports to asia that revolve arguments like: "If we don't do it, the Chinese will buy their coal from places with even fewer restrictions than the U.S. imposes, and increased CO2 anywhere on the planet is the problem causing climate change." The U.S. should reject MBTL altogether, or reduce its scope drastically, in hopes of slowing down the Chinese expansion of carbon-based power generation. The recent terrible episodes of air pollution in Chinese cities suggests the possibility that environmentally sensitive power generation in China is on the rise. Cheap American coal delays cleanup in China; expensive coal from elsewhere or from a much-reduced version of MBTL encourages cleanup there, and slows climate change for us all. Increasing the "scope" of this scoping document to global proportions is required.