Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002137 

Received: 11/17/2013 12:21:31 AM
Commenter: Norm Hale
Organization: 
State: Washington

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
The shipping of coal as an export commodity is a very concerning proposition. We are trying to recover from a series of natural disasters globally and there is much evidence they are due in large part to climate change. Why would we want to continue to use coal as a trading commodity when coal burning is so carbon intensive? This is not going to help the State of Washington, the United States, nor the rest of the World. Please study the entire carbon footprint of this endeavor from mining it in the Powder River Basin to transport by any means (rail, barge or other)into export terminals (MBTL, Longview, WA), to shipment to Asian markets by ship, to burning it in what appears to be very dirty electric plants in Asia. What is the total extent of this carbon footprint? Who benefits from this process in light of an increase of CO2 emissions? It would seem that a few jobs and massive corporate profits for a few large Coal companies is a very poor trade for worsening the process of global warming and climate change that is already rearing it's costly and deadly head. I urge you to disapprove this proposal on the bases of an adverse effect on climate change. Thank you for consideration in this matter