Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001990
Received: 11/12/2013 10:38:51 PM
Commenter: Eleanor Wynn
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
I strongly oppose building a coal terminal anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Building out infrastructure to support fossil fuels only guarantees that we will continue to use them. It is already long past the point when we ought to have stopped.
Not only does coal use contribute to global climate change, it also has extremely negative local impacts, at the places where it is mined and all along the routes of transport. We do not need coal dust polluting the Columbia River Valley, or any river valley, or any route from the origin to the coast. This will destroy our local environment and it will also destroy lives along the way. I have been to the port of Longview and don't know how anyone can live there breathing the polluted air that smells so badly of methane and natural gas. Breathing coal dust is as bad or worse, and it will affect people for thousands of miles who had thought they lived in open country and in nature.
As well, I have read that coal is not even profitable, so the infrastructure is a waste. The same money could be used to develop clean energy, if only sufficient constraints were to be put on the suppliers of all fossil fuels. They have the ability and they have the money. What they don't have is a good enough financial reason to make the investment. It is the job of the states to provide that incentive by making their current course of action impossible.
For those of use who live in the Pacific Northwest and breathe relatively clean air coming off the ocean, how long will it be before China's air pollution in some degree reaches us? In fact, what happens if China itself decides not to use coal because the health and social costs are too high? The terminals will have been a waste of money. If China does not change its ways, we are exporting our own air pollution to be sent back to us. No thank you.
While the Philippine Islands are destroyed by a historic typhoon, a typhoon hits Somalia and record hurricanes hit the NorthEast, we are still contemplating adding to the problem? Why? Let's wake up, get out of our intertia and lemming-like march to destruction. Make a difference. Say no to the coal terminals.