Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002577 

Received: 11/12/2013 10:55:00 PM
Commenter: John Breitbart

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
From:John Breitbart <> Sent:Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:36 PM Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, WA Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission:

I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.

There are many local and regional impacts that such a system would have on both ecosystems, and on the health of humans who live nearby. However this is not why I write to oppose the terminal and its associated infrastructure.

America is the country in this world that historically ushered in the modern age and morass we find ourselves in. While we enjoyed the luxuries and freedoms associated with profligate energy from fossil fuels, and held ourselves up to the world as an example of success, the truth is really very different. More than any other country, we are responsible for the massive amounts of greenhouse gases from our cars, power plants and homes that have taken up residence in the world's atmosphere for the next century at least. The world is bearing the cost of our comforts.

And now, we are about to prop up our pitiful economy and some investors' returns by shipping our dirtiest fossil fuels abroad? This is nothing less than shameful. For my country to not realize that it needs to take a stand against the continued desequestration of our underground carbon, and to do so in the name of the almighty dollar and a few really dirty jobs! No. We need to use that ingenuity that we claim is one of our trademark characteristics to orient our economic development in another direction, one that involves the transition to sustainable and clean forms of energy, and towards new building designs and transportation modes that minimize the amount of energy we need.

I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.

Thank you.

John Breitbart