Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002722 

Received: 11/7/2013 2:13:00 PM
Commenter: Duane Keown
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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
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
From:Duane Keown <dkeown@uwyo.edu> Sent:Thursday, November 07, 2013 1:53 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov 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.

Nearly all organizations of scientists affirm that the atmosphere and the Earth's surface are warming as a result of humans using carbon containing fuels. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_opinion_on_climate_change). A recent poll conducted by the National Academy of Sciences (http://www.pnas.org/content/107/27/12107.full) used an extensive dataset of 1,372 active climate researchers, their publications and citation data, to show that 97-98% of active climate researchers support the tenets of anthropogenic caused climate change as outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC. The ongoing IPCC study is the most exhaustive ever on climate change.

In Wyoming it is especially important to take a path around fossil fuels. Our state produces more carbon as fuel that will go into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide than any other state and most nations. We produce more coal than the other three top coal-producing states combined. The record was in 2008 when Wyoming produced 462 million metric tons. No other state has ever produced 200 million tons. In coal cars on the railroad track (100 tons per car), 462 million tons of coal would circle the earth two times at the equator. It is Wyoming's nonrenewable resource going into the atmosphere. Coal is the primary contributor to atmospheric warming and it currently is the main fuel for electricity production. It does not matter where CO2 enters the atmosphere; China or Wyoming. Yet in Wyoming, where fossil fuels are our main economy, the global warming skeptics abound, and they control. Let us be the example, and not the cause of the tragedies that go with climate change, as we take a new path. But if it has to be the state of Washington that closes the gate to Wyoming coal into the atmosphere, so be it. It is a place to start.

Coal trains on the route to Washington would affect more than the coast and the states in between Wyoming and Washington. There is only one atmosphere and it is in China today and over the earth tomorrow.

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

Thank you Duane Keown, Professor Emeritus, Science Education, University of Wyoming

Duane Keown 2117 Spring Cr. Dr. Laramie, WY 82070 307-721-4922