Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002595 

Received: 11/18/2013 12:00:00 PM
Commenter: Howard Christiansen
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Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
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From:Howard Christiansen <howard_christiansen@hotmail.com> Sent:Monday, November 18, 2013 11:59 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov; Ann Hedges Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

To the administrator concerned:

As an analytical chemist with a masters degree from MSU-Bozeman and a keen interest in atmospheric chemistry, I have studied the environmental complexities and consequences of continued and accelerated usage of coal to produce electricity. There is no longer any question on this matter. The scientific studies now provide overwhelming evidence that the impact of human activity that pumps greenhouse gases into our planetary bell jar is that we are approaching the tipping point of runaway climate change. After that point is passed we will not be able to have any affect in maintaining our planets livability for all species and ourselves. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC (http://www.ipcc.ch/), of the UN continues to provide full and ongoing documentation of the causes and affects of climate change. The work of IPCC is unimpeachable. In addition, atmospheric scientists worldwide have now come as close to full consensus in agreement with the conclusions of the IPCC as is possible in such a large intellectual community.

In order to approach a style of life in which we can begin to consider ourselves as stewards of our own garden, i.e. planet, then we must not allow such irresponsible development as the Arch Coal proposal to build their coal port shipping facility in Longview, WA. Coal is the dirtiest and most problematic fuel for the generation of electricity. We should not export any coal outside of the USA unless we have sufficient guarantees from the purchasers that they have an effective system of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas sequestration in place for all effluents produced. These technologies are now developed and in use in some places. We must demonstrate to all other consumers of coal that these greenhouse gas sequestration technologies must be a requirement in the USA and in the industrial consumption of coal everywhere that coal is to be burned on this planet. We must stop grandfathering in the old polluting technologies of coal consumption here in the USA and in all other countries.

WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO BE A PART OF THE PROBLEM HERE IN THE USA. IF WE ARE NOT A PART OF THE SOLUTION THEN WE ARE THE PROBLEM.

Thank you, Howard Christiansen PO Box 6202 Bozeman, MT 59771