Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002355
Received: 11/19/2013 12:53:20 AM
Commenter: Ali Sacash-Johnson
Organization: True North Marketing
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
To Whom it May Concern:
I am writing to strongly oppose the proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Washington.
I reject the premise that supporting this terminal means supporting jobs. Because, in my industry - and for many businesses in this state - exporting more coal to countries that will burn it and send it back into the air largely unfiltered is a job killer. I am a Washington citizen and business owner and I work in the outdoor and snow sports industry. One scientific fact we are all coming to terms with in my line of work is that COAL KILLS SNOW.
Warmer winters means lower sales and lower profit margins on many different levels. The winter of 2011-2012 was the fourth warmest winter on record for the U.S. And revenue for my industry went down by 40% in one season.
Washington State is one of the largest revenue centers for outdoor and snow sports in the U.S. Between companies such as REI and Outdoor Research; dozens of mountain sports operations (resorts, guides, etc); as well as sales rep agencies and creative agencies such as my own firm that exist in this state - well, we support a lot more jobs for Washingtonians than 130 full time jobs that this terminal will supply.
When Washington State has a low snow year, it has a direct impact on the loss of 960 jobs and millions of dollars - every season (according to an economic impact study by the University of New Hampshire - not exactly a bastion of liberalism).
When the U.S. in general has a warm winter. The financial results can be just as devastating. This includes lost revenue from lost sales of warm jackets and mountain equipment from places like REI and EVOgear.com. And the loss of bonus money afforded to their employees when the company does not hit its sales revenue goals. And lost commission revenue for the hundreds of outdoor sales reps who live in Washington State. And the lost revenue from companies, like my own, which experienced a 35% drop in gross revenue during the country's fourth warmest winter on record.
Those in favor of this terminal say it is about jobs. However, for Washington State - and for the entire snow-based industry - STOPPING the export of coal truly is about jobs and revenue. Our state can't afford this terminal. Not for just 130 full time, long-term jobs. There are hundreds more Washington jobs and millions of more dollars at stake if this terminal is allowed to be built.
Warm winters and the resulting low snow pack also means higher costs of electricity for the citizens of Washington, who rely on renewal power provided by water, which in turn relies on a melting snow pack to sustain that supply. At the current rate of climate change, it is estimated that 40% of our region's mountain snowpack may be gone by mid-century. That rate of loss will have a devastating effect on the cost of renewal hydro power supply and cost for Washingtonians.
So, please, consider all types of jobs in Washington when considering this project. And then do the most responsible thing for business and revenue and jobs for our state - and vote NO.
Thank you for your consideration of my comments.
Owner & Director, True North Marketing