Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002608 

Received: 11/8/2013 9:09:00 PM
Commenter: Patrick Conley
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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:Patrick Conley <pconleyc@gmail.com> Sent:Friday, November 08, 2013 8:45 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket 2013-19738: Comment on Scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Coal Terminal

Nov 8, 2013

Millennium Bulk Terminals Lead Agencies

Dear Millennium Bulk Terminals Lead Agencies,

The prominent British environmental scientist Myles Allen has estimated that we have used half of our carbon budget of approximately 1 trillion tons of manmade C02. Scientists know through study of the Paleo-Eocene Thermal Maximum what a predicted 1000 ppm of C02 will do to the climate by 2100. Aternatives to this foolish pursuit of coal are plentiful. Investment in green energy has exceeded fossil fuel investment globally and in the U.S. the Excel Energy company is expected to produce more than 600 megawatts of solar and wind energy at parity. Keep in mind that the fossil fuel industry is receiving government support without which its costs would be higher, much higher if one considers the environmental damage done by fossil fuel contamination. One estimate is that anthropogenic global warming has cost 2 trillion dollars since 2009. This, as a 200 mile per hour cyclone has hit the Philippines one so intense in force that it exceeds the calibrating capacity of measuring instruments. It is fueled by fossil energy heating the environment to excess. These are facts in the face of which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to embrace the fantasy that we can promote fossil fuels and ignore unacceptable economic, environmental and human costs. The power structure, which includes the Corps of Engineers in this country is not competent to even begin addressing the survival necessities facing the planet: stabilization of the world?s population at 8 billion, 80 percent green energy by 2020, eradication of poverty globally to achieve population stability, and restoration of natural systems which have been badly degraded (i.e. water tables in half the world?s countries including the U.S. are falling faster than the replenishing rate (Lester Brown-World on Edge). We have a meteor headed for the planet earth, one that is made up of our power structure which is increasingly delusional, predatory, and corrupt. It is unlikely that we as a species can survive our own leadership. Keep in mind that death is easy. The death of our species is as casual and incidental as the death of a single person repeated 7.5 billion times. It is the act of valuing that is difficult.

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

This proposal would hurt or harm communities by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders. It would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, harm human health, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip- mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change.

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

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Patrick Conley

Murfreesboro, TN 37128-6134