Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002039
Received: 11/14/2013 2:39:07 PM
Commenter: Chuenchom Greacen
Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
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I am in full agreement with Janet Alderton's comment letter to ACE dated September 14, 2013. I request that you consider the comment which reads:
"Approval of permits by the Army Corp of Engineers for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export terminal will accelerate Climate Change. This huge negative impact violates the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mission statement "to strengthen our Nation's security."
U.S. Military assessments from at least as far back as 2006 state that Climate Change threatens our Nation's security.
The Army Corp of Engineers' mission statement (as copied from their website):
"Deliver vital public and military engineering services; partnering in peace and war to strengthen our Nation's security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters."
In 2006 the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA) convened a Military Advisory Board (MAB) of eleven retired three-star and four-star admirals and generals to assess the impact of global climate change on key matters of national security, and to lay the groundwork for mounting responses to the threats found. In April 2007, CNA released the MAB's landmark report, National Security and the Threat of Climate Change, that articulates the concept of climate change acting as a "threat multiplier" for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world and identifies key challenges that must be planned for now if they are to be met effectively in the future. See more at: http://www.cna.org/reports/climate#sthash.rGWWq1yh.dpuf
The Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review of 2010 identified global climate change as "an accelerant of instability" that could have "significant geopolitical impacts" that "may spark or exacerbate future conflicts."
"Climate Change will have serious implications for the ability of the Department of Defense (DOD) to maintain and build infrastructure and to ensure military readiness."
-from: The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program. 2013. Assessing Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Military Installations: Policy Implications. US Department of Defense.
March 9, 2013: Commander of U.S. Forces Pacific: Climate change is top threat
According to Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, the Commander of U.S. Forces Pacific: Significant upheaval related to the warming planet "is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen . . . that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about." Admiral Locklear focuses on risk management and preparedness: "While resilience in the security environment is traditionally understood as the ability to recover from a crisis, using the term in the context of national security expands its meaning to include crisis prevention."
According to the Commander of U.S. Forces Pacific (PACOM), significant upheaval related to the warming planet "is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen . . . that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about.' - Admiral Samuel Locklear had a meeting the other day with national security experts at Tufts and Harvard. After this session, he met with a reporter who asked him asked what the top security threat was in the Pacific Ocean. Rather than highlighting Chinese ballistic missiles, the new Chinese Navy aircraft carrier, North Korean nuclear weapons, or other traditional military threats, Admiral Locklear looked to a larger definition of national security. - Locklear commented that "People are surprised sometimes" that he highlights climate change - despite an ability to discuss a wide-range of threats, from cyber-war to the North Koreans. However, it is the risks - from natural disasters to long-term sea-level rise threats to Pacific nations that has his deepest attention.... (For complete statement, please see the attached file.)