Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002810 

Received: 11/7/2013 2:06:00 PM
Commenter: Ed Patton
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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:Ed Patton <mredpatton@aol.com> Sent:Thursday, November 07, 2013 2:07 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

A Planet in Imminent Peril

An unbridled serial killer "us" is on the loose and driving us to a hellish place! Slowing the accelerating "die off" is the moral imperative of our time. The Earth is a self regulating organism that has us squarely in its sights without discrimination to our species. The only planet in the universe known to support life is Earth. It has taken millions of years of evolution where life can be abundantly hospitable. However, a virtual heaven on Earth is about to be destroyed because of human short-sightedness. The interdependent web of all existence of which we are all a part, is in grave crisis.

In the movie "Hannibal", there is a grotesque scene where Hannibal has opened up a man's brain and removed some of it, cooking it, then, feeding it to the drugged man as he sits smiling; seemingly oblivious to what is happening to him. This scenario sadly reflects metaphorically, the present human condition to a significant degree. As the imminent and exponentially growing evidence concerning the literal demise of thousands of species grows, including our own, we appear to be eating our own brains.

There are catastrophic consequences for humans putting billions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year. We are now over 400 parts per million. 350 ppm is necessary to give us a fighting chance:

•We must stop using fossil fuels!

•People must challenge economic systems that promote extracting excessive wealth from nature without regard to consequences. (Ex. fracking). We are fast approaching the "end of growth" because we are decimating the Earth's natural capital.

•All present and future buildings should be required to install solar panels.

•Instead of closing military bases, convert them to green energy training centers creating thousands of jobs.

•40% of CO2 in the U.S comes from fossil burning transportation. Let's bring back the Cash for Clunkers program, greatly expand it with emphasis on getting fuel guzzlers off the highways. We should provide substantial cash incentives for people to buy hybrids and other fuel efficient vehicles.

•Ramp up train usage!

•There are too many people on this planet. The U.S should adopt a policy of one child per family sending a signal that we are serious about dealing with the impending crisis at hand. When our "home" is back in balance, humans could re-address the issue of children.

•Religious organizations the world over that condone unbridled breeding must be taken to task.

For all our advances we are still infants in the evolutionary scheme of things. There must be a quickening of the human spirit. We can and must consciously change quickly. Our story must be that we were the first species that made a conscious decision to change our way of life.

If the U.S. is to be the "Shining City on a Hill" to the world, it should be covered with solar panels. All our lives (children, grandchildren...) depend upon it!

Ed Patton 1304 So. 16th Ave. Yakima WA 509-2481838

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.

This proposal would negatively affect my community by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our 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

Ed Patton 1304 So. 16th Ave Yakima, WA 98902