Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001982
Received: 11/12/2013 9:08:55 PM
Commenter: Allen Smith
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
Dear Cowlitz County and the WA State Department of Ecology,
I respectfully ask that you consider the serious effects that coal extraction, transport, and combustion has on our climate. Any environmental impact assessment should surely consider the greatest and most far-reaching consequences of the proposal, of which acceleration of climate change is undeniably one.
The world's governments have all agreed that global temperature increases above 3.6 degrees F would be catastrophic. Fortunately, the latest IPCC Report has found that there is an upper limit to the amount of carbon we can burn to stay below this - unfortunately the fossil fuel companies already have FOUR TO FIVE TIMES this amount in their reserves!
Being an engineer, I don't put much stock in politics; I look at the numbers. It is obvious that accelerating coal export will accelerate coal combustion (the demand is there, else they wouldn't be fighting tooth and nail to export it!), and the diminishing time we have to shift to alternative and independent fuel sources (wind, solar, nuclear, etc.) before breaching the catastrophic 3.6 degree limit.
This export terminal is extremely short-sighted. Indeed, even when considering jobs it is flawed, as new technology creates far more (and higher paying) jobs than the highly automated and streamlined fossil fuel industry.
I urge you to consider the big picture here, as the costs of this project will far outweigh the benefits.
To determine if smoking is safe, one cannot simply confine the analysis to short-term effects on the fingers and mouth. Similarly, it would be extremely negligent (if not malpractice) to not include the longer-term and ultimate effects of the MBTL on climate change. And that affects us all.