Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003364
Received: 10/2/2013 2:16:00 PM
Commenter: Daniel hannon
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
From:Friends of the Columbia Gorge <Advocacy@GorgeFriends.org> on behalf of Daniel hannon <email@example.com> Sent:Wednesday, October 02, 2013 2:26 PM To:Placido, Elaine Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
Oct 2, 2013
Director Elaine Placido 207 4th Ave. N. Kelso, WA 98626
Dear Director Placido,
Please accept these scoping comments for the environmental impact statement for the Millennium Bulk Terminal (MBTL) proposal for Longview, WA.
In a recent Brookings Institute article, researchers Charles Ebinger and Kevin Massy conclude that as Asian countries use more fossil fuel energy, global emissions will continue rising at an unsustainable rate as investments in low carbon technologies falter because of the current economic downturn. Thus, we are seeing in this coal export proposal, an attempt to trade off long term global living conditions for short term profit. Ironically, President Obama just recently released a plan to reduce America's carbon emissions for transportation, and for existing and future power generating plants. His focus is on "the responsibility for keeping the planet habitable." The threat to our planet is not just theoretical. The real and current problems we face are: Extended drought Bigger and more frequent hurricanes Bigger and more frequent tornadoes Coastal flooding (New York City is preparing already) Shrinking glaciers
Selling U.S. coal to China is a trade-off we cannot afford to make. 1.The argument that coal exports will create new jobs for Oregonians is a specious one. Nobody has offered a clear picture of how many jobs will be created. 2.The argument that if we don't export coal, others will, is an argument that can be used to justify any number of unethical or unwise actions. For example, "If we don't fish the seas to extinction, someone else will." 3.We can't trade long term livability for short term economic gain to a few large corporations, even if some jobs are created. Air doesn't respect international boundaries. Some of us remember the radioactive cloud from Chernobyl passing over Oregon. China's carbon emissions become the world's problem, and even the CEO's of Ambre, Peabody Coal, and BNSF have to live on this planet, as do their children.
Daniel A. Hannon October 8, 2013 634 S.E. 52nd Ave. Portland, OR 97215
Mr. Daniel hannon 634 SE 52nd Ave Portland, OR 97215-1735 (503) 282-5288