Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0000520
Received: 5/19/2016 5:24:19 PM
Commenter: Bob Armstrong
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
I support American jobs and the proposed port at Longview will create much needed employment for hundreds of Americans. Please include my comments as part of the public response to Millennium Bulk Terminals plan.
The comments by Millennium Bulk Terminals below understates the scientific falsehood of the demonization of the molecule which is the partner with water forming the foundation of carbon based life . Any arguments based on that falsehood should be disregarded with prejudice .
The DEIS should have focused on actual impacts, and only analyzed those that can be discerned and evaluated using credible analyses. For instance, the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is not an impact. The impacts would be if altered weather patterns and sea level rise if they resulted from the accumulation of carbon dioxide, and other GHGs, in the atmosphere over the course of long time periods. However, the degree of emissions required to cause those impacts is vastly greater than the emissions that can be attributed to this project, even if you incorrectly assume that exported coal will result in incremental new emissions, rather than simply displacing coal that is already available from other sources. Climate change impacts, such as ocean acidification and temperature increases, cannot be attributed to this project because there will be no discernible climate change effect from this project. Emissions from use of the coal exported across this terminal, even if assumed to be incrementally new emissions, are simply too small in comparison to the emissions over long time periods required to change the global climate in measurable ways. Please call it good and issue a final EIS.
Here I see an opportunity to return many critically needed jobs to Washington State. It is paramount for the local, state, and national economies to seize every option they have to aid in their recovery. I urge you to take these comments in consideration and let’s get Millennium Bulk Terminals to begin hiring and exporting. Thank you.