Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002328
Received: 11/18/2013 9:49:04 PM
Commenter: Mark Noble
State: New York
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 fellow citizens,
I write to you as a scientist with a long history of working on biomedical research problems. My laboratory has made contributions in many areas, and has played an important role in developing the modern field of stem cell biology. If I were starting again in science, however, it would be the field of global warming research that would have my complete attention.
The scientific evaluation of human contributions to global warming is now indisputable, and the Department of Defense, insurance companies, scientific institutions and both national and international agencies are in agreement that this is the number one problem facing both present and future generations.
The possibility of adding gigatons of CO2 in order to provide coal to China at a time when we realize that CO2 emissions need to be reduced is contrary to all logic as to how we are going to reduce the threat of global warming. At a time when other energy sources are proving their value so effectively, including in China, I urge that we make the choice of delaying any decisions on these shipments for at least 5 years. If the weather patterns continue to deteriorate over this time, as is likely, then it will be clear that the most prudent choice is to focus our attention on development of better energy sources.
The changes we are making to the atmosphere already are going to prove difficult to reverse. Let us do everything possible so that they do not get worse.
I therefore add my voice to the other citizens requesting that this facility not be pursued.
Mark Noble, Ph.D.
University of Rochester