Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002324
Received: 11/18/2013 9:18:33 PM
Commenter: Dick Muri
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
Dear Department of Ecology,
I am writing this to you from my perspective:
as a Husband for 34 years
as a Father of four
as a Grandfather of six
as a Steilacoom resident since 1981 which has three coal trains per day travelling through our town.
as a Retired United States Air Force Lt Colonel and aviator who travelled the world
as a School board member for 7 years
as a Member of the Pierce County Council for 9 years including 8 years on the board of health
as a Current member of the Washington State Legislature, (28-1).
as a Citizen who believes in energy conservation who heats my house for 33 years with a heat pump and drives an electric car (Nissan Leaf)
as a Citizen who understands environmental policy with an education from UMass Amherst with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health
We need to increase international trade as much as possible. Nations that extensively trade their goods and services, trend to peace and stability. As a career military officer who has studied the art of war, I am a proud to promote peace. It makes my fellow comrades in arms jobs much safer when we have world stability. And trade of goods and services enhances stability.
President Obama made a challenge three years ago to double exports in five years. A lofty goal made possible by projects like this: http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/01/28/obama-trade-idUSWAT01407920100128
China, India, Japan and others will buy their coal from somewhere in the world. Restricting our exports will not lower the amount of coal they consume. In many ways, we should be thankful that they are willing to secure long term contracts with our private sector to buy our coal.
Coal trains have come through my Town of Steilacoom for decades. Never seen any dust or pollution. Nor has anyone ever complained about the trains.
And as a state legislator, the high paying family wage jobs associated with the coal export terminal(s) will be a great way to increase state tax revenues while lowering the high government costs of unemployed citizens.
Bottom line, please expedite this environmental revue and create the family wage jobs needed for our economy.
28th District Representative (Position 1)
116 Lila Street, Steilacoom, WA 98388-1418