Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002019 

Received: 11/13/2013 4:21:12 PM
Commenter: Danielle Ito
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
As an elementary school educator, I cannot stand by and teach our children about recycling while allowing this kind of environmental degradation to threaten our backyard and our global ecology. To do so would be a direct act of hypocrisy. The children I have taught both in America and Southeast Asia CARE about the environment, where adults often do not have the capacity to do so...as they have to prioritize basic survival. But these children do not have enough opportunity to raise their voice. As an adult charged with the responsibility of their welfare, it is absolutely my duty to raise my voice for all of us...to say that these export terminals are a direct violation of the human rights of millions of children who will have to deal with the repercussions of our actions. If you have a child, or know a child, think about their school. Think about what they're learning there every day. They are learning what a threatened state the Earth is currently in. They are learning what we are currently doing to solve it. If they learn that we, their trusted adults- parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, sisters, brothers, friends, teachers- will let dirty coal and pure greed continue to poison our home...how will they trust us? How will THEY act when it's time to solve problems themselves. To allow these terminals to be built would be a huge step backward in education as well. These coal export terminals would negatively impact the livability of towns from the Powder River Basin to the Pacific Northwest where it would be shipped down our majestic protected rivers. The coal dust and diesel from the trains alone would severely undermine all of the efforts made around the world by governments, industries, and individuals to combat climate change. The coal burned overseas after exporting it would exacerbate this to an enormous degree. Please consider the BROAD scope of this plan before making any decision. Please let this include the entire process, from when the coal is extracted from the ground, to when it's shipped to my home, to when it's shipped overseas, to when it is burned overseas, to when the particulates and C02 in the air compile to impact climate change around the world. Thank you.