Submission Number: UBR-DEIS-00028 

Received: 11/14/2020 5:47:06 PM
Commenter: Kirt Williamson
State: Utah

Agency: STB
Initiative: Uinta Basin Railway EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
Lets get serious. According to all the science organizations and university departments that focus on Climate issues, heat trapping gasses in the atmosphere pose a serious threat to civilization as we know it. That is the Truth. Humanity needs to get serious about reducing our use of fossil fuels. The good news is renewable energy innovation--solar panels, battery storage, Electric vehicles, are making great strides in helping us convert out of the extraction industrial monopoly. The extraction industry has donated millions of dollars in their ploy to buy the votes of Republican politicians and as a result Washington has failed to enact legislation that would reward and facilitate the conversion to renewable energy. Here in Utah Republican politicians reap the reward of supporting the extraction industry by continuing to deny the reality of Climate Change and thwart movement towards the needed solution. But, as temperatures and sea levels continue to rise, as permafrost thaws and sea ice in the arctic, antarctic melts away, as wild fires get more and more intense, as droughts get worse and crops wilt and die, as our incessant pumping of the Aquifers results in dry wells and empty reservoirs, eventually the extraction industry will run out of money to buy votes and Republican intransigence will wither and die as they are voted out of office by the younger generations whose lives will be greatly impacted. Therefore, please do not allow the construction of this proposed 85 mile long rail spur that will soon be obsolete.