Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002008
Received: 11/13/2013 10:21:40 AM
Commenter: Lara Gardner
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 am a bankruptcy attorney. I get how it is for people who are struggling financially. I understand the need for employment and economic stability.
Yet setting aside the issue of whether or not these terminals will really bring jobs, we have got to start looking at whether the needs of a very few outweigh the needs of the planet. The Philippines just suffered the worst typhoon in history. Water rushed higher into the city killing more people and damaging more than was ever dreamed. "Once in a lifetime" storms are becoming once a season. We are past the point of returning to what we considered normal on earth and have got to make drastic changes now if we are to survive. Causing further environmental damage is not worth the trade off so a few can have jobs. Jobs are held us as the carrot to get us all to ignore the reality that the jobs being brought are jobs that will help speed the demise of the planet. It's like putting a bandaid on a tiny cut on someone's shoulder and doing nothing about their amputated leg. It makes no sense.
In addition, there is the issue of the "jobs" these terminals would provide. The coal executives themselves admitted the economic impact would be "trickle down," and we are all living with the results of three decades of trickle down economics. It's pretty apparent it doesn't work. Yet even if the jobs were top of the line gold standard and would make a great living for a number of people (which they won't be), it's still not worth the trade off.
These terminals are designed to ship coal to China for firing because we don't allow it here. It's environmentally destructive. Sending pollution we don't allow here to China is ludicrous. It isn't right to cause health and environmental damage there, and it's naive to assume the pollution in the atmosphere over China will not poison the atmosphere everywhere.
Finally, I do not want my family, my children, or my community to suffer the effects of breathing coal dust. I do not want the ecology of the area to suffer further damage. I want to give our planet a chance to survive. No amount of jobs is worth further environmental destruction, either locally or globally.