Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001593
Received: 11/8/2013 6:46:05 PM
Commenter: Mike Litt
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
The world is already experiencing adverse effects due to climate change. Sea levels are rising, flooding lowland areas and making them uninhabitable. Glaciers are melting, threatening the water supplies of millions of people. And the frequency of extreme weather events such as downpours and droughts is increasing markedly. The American Southwest is running out of water. And the acidity of the seas is increasing due to increased atmospheric CO2, threatening the survival of the plankton which is the main food source of oceanic fish. The severity of all of these effects will only increase as additional fossil fuels are burned. All of these effects are costing the economies of the US and other countries billions of dollars annually.
If we care about the future of our children and grand children, we must do everything possible to decrease the burning of fossil fuels, especially coal. And we must replace fossil-fuel derived energy with that driver from renewable resources such as sun wind and biofuels, as soon as possible. Increased coal exports from the US to Asia will not aid in the accomplishment of this goal but will only make that more difficult.
In addition to the worldwide effects of increased coal exports, these will have many detrimental effects locally. Increased train traffic will cause an increase in auto and truck congestion as vehicles spend more time waiting at railroad crossings. Bridges or tunnels replacing railroad crossings could mitigate this effect, but who will pay for these expensive projects? Coal dust already pollutes the Columbia River and this will increase greatly unless the coal cars are adequately sealed.
We need more jobs in Oregon and Washington, but we should create those jobs in the areas of alternative energy and increasing energy efficiency rather than by increasing the transport of dirty coal.