Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002806 

Received: 11/7/2013 2:02:00 PM
Commenter: Sam Packard
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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
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From:Sam Packard <stpackard@gmail.com> Sent:Thursday, November 07, 2013 2:02 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Coal Export Station

Hello, I live in Nebraska - each day I hear miles-long coal trains thundering to their destination. It is staggering to imagine a single train's bulk burned, converted to energy, heat, carbon dioxide, and other by-products. The truth is the demand for energy. The evidence and science says the majority of greenhouse gas comes from coal burning. Worst case scenario every last mountain is cored and removed for coal to be removed - the burning of which puts the ages of plant carbon in the air rather than being left in the ground. This system is out of balance for our current climate as the science says. Please invest in sustainable and renewable energy. Please try to see for yourself what truly motivates the coal industry. For a lack of a better word, does 'greed' motivate keeping a logically defunct energy supply system intact? Perhaps not greed but more urgent issues. Does paying for a mountain to mine, paying lobbyists to sugar coat the agenda, and coal miners' health benefits require a coal export station? It may not be fair to say that a fossil-fuel industry-person should find another line of work, but the truth of science should say so. It's easy to believe a person's line of work is in accordance with being true and right when the higher powers are supporting it from the monied bully pulpit. We all have an obligation to do things right the first time for future generations. Greed motivated decisions look pale in hindsight as we continue to discover that climate change will be a defining issue of our time. Thanks for your time. Sam Packard 1911 S 26th ST Lincoln, NE 68502