Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001918
Received: 10/14/2013 2:49:00 PM
Commenter: Ellen Schousboe
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:Ellen Schousboe <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Monday, October 14, 2013 2:49 PM To:email@example.com 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.
There is no impact from coal more important, or more dangerous to humanity, than climate change. The impact of rising seas, more damaging hurricanes, droughts, and wildfires, and crop failures is already impacting humans around the world and will continue to worsen as freshwater sources dry up, low- elevation cities are flooded, crop failures increase, and climate refugees increase violence, war, and food insecurity everywhere. Ocean acidification will plunge even more fish stocks into commercial collapse, adding to famines throughout the world. Terrible tropical diseases and terrible invasive species like fire ants will spread further and further into North America and cause more and more havoc. Climate change is a terrifying threat to our national security and to our economy that must not be ignored.
Coal is one of the dirtiest fuels on the planet, and in addition to being one of the largest causes of climate change it also releases smog, mercury, arsenic, and lead into our air and water. Burning it harms every human nearby.
Selling coal to another country will not increase energy supplies in the United States or reduce energy costs. It will not bring money to U.S. communities, instead that money will be taken by multinational corporations who pay little or nothing in taxes. Instead of an economic stimulus, this Millennium Bulk Terminal will just be a pork-barrel giveaway to corporations who will give us nothing in return except climate change, pollution, and death.
Burning more coal, or exporting it to countries that will burn it, is not in our national interest. Our economy cannot afford either the short-term pollution and the long-term climate damage, and the export will bring almost no actual benefit to us.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.