Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002181
Received: 11/17/2013 7:44:45 PM
Commenter: Marc Chamberlin
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
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the SEPA Scoping Notice for potential impacts of the proposed Millennium Coal Export Terminal. As many have already stated, such a review should include environmental effects on water and air quality, cultural and archeological resources, fish and wildlife and other possible adverse environmental effects. I wish to draw your additional attention to the impact of an ever expanding infrastructure which supports the continued and unsustainable development of the usage of coal for the production of electricity. Already, the U.S. government, in collaboration with many states have spent trillions of dollars to build and expand on an infrastructure for the production, transportation, refining, and selling of fossil fuels. Most world scientists and climatologist are now reporting that these industries are bringing about calamitous climate changes which has the potential to not only destroy our civilization but also the fossil fuel industry that has brought about these changes. Most scientists and climatologist are now saying that we must now dramatically reduce using coal and begin to seek out alternative energy sources that are less harmful to our planet. Building the Millennium Coal Export Terminal simply expands on the capacity of a doomed fossil fuel infrastructure, which encourages the consumption and burning of ever increasing amounts of fossil fuels over the short term, but which at some point will collapse, either from competitive alternate energy sources or from dramatic climate changes. The customer, China and other Asian countries, in this case, are probably on the verge of also realizing that they can no longer use coal as an energy source due to the impacts that it is having on their own environment. I ask that the scope of the review includes the damage that will be done to our society and our environment, that will happen when the coal industry finally collapses, leaving much of our society in disarray and places like the Millennium Coal Export Terminal abandoned due to lack of funds from the coal industry to clean up the mess it will leave behind. I believe there is significant risk that the coal industry is in danger of collapsing much sooner than it anticipates, and I want the scope of the review to weigh the risks v.s. the benefits of building a terminal that in all probability will not survive long enough for the rewards to outweigh the costs of having such a terminal.