Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002205 

Received: 11/18/2013 12:07:14 AM
Commenter: Jeffrey Jacobs
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
Dear Cowlitz County , Wash. Dept. of Ecology, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, I respectfully request the inclusion of the effects of greenhouse gases in the scope of the EIS; greenhouse gases that will result from burning 44 tons of coal exported from the proposed terminal at Longview, Wa. The E.P.A. proposes stringent emission standards for any new coal-fired power plants to be built in the future and also for existing power plants, while restrictions in China are less restrictive and emit more CO2. However, the global climate impacts are the same if Powder River Basin coal is burnt in China or here in the U.S. Dirty coal plants emit Carbon Dioxide and thus wreak havoc on climate events. The death toll resulting from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is expected to reach 10,000 fatalities. Just today, Nov. 17, 2013, more than 70 tornadoes destroyed communities in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. Ironically, residences and businesses in Coal City, Illinois were leveled. Pictures tell the story, and it’s definitely not tornado season. Catastrophic typhoons, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and droughts will only increase in number and intensity as global warming goes unchecked. It is scientific fact that carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions are the greatest cause of global warming and the biggest threat to life on earth. I urge you to include results of this recent report from the World Meteorological Organization: Coal fired power plants are filthy and the option to allow coal to be sold overseas comes with too many costs. We’re reaching a breaking point in what coal is doing to the environment. Let us not perpetuate Climate Change and the devastating impacts of burning coal. Say NO to the proposal to ship 44 tons of coal from Longview. Say NO to Millenium Bulk Terminals at Longview. Thank you, Jeff Jacobs – Bow, Wa.