Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002016 

Received: 11/13/2013 2:27:26 PM
Commenter: Lief Bamberg
Organization: 
State: Oregon

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
Submission Text
Coal is bad for the economy. Chinese imports have long since peaked, US consumption of coal is down and will continue to do so. However, this is a moral issue. Our government exists only to weigh in on moral aspects for us. We cannot let the fear tactic of a bad economy allow any development progress, despite all its negative consequences, including negative economic consequences, go forward. We ended slavery despite the economic dependence of half the country that relied on it. We decided that it is worth the extra cost to pay for clothing that does not come from child sweat shop factories. And now we must decide, as citizens of the Pacific North West and our representatives, that the measly tax revenues and pitiful numbers of jobs brought to us by coal profiteers in exchange for our quality of life is not enough, and no amount could be. It is our responsibility to make decisions consider climate change and future generations. It is our responsibility to say NO TO COAL.