As we all know, Canadian politicians are over in Paris talking all things climate change. How to reduce emissions, carbon tax, clean energy…etc etc.
All good and fine. Clark has been very clear in her desire to have clean BC LNG save the world from air pollution created by dirty thermal coal used to heat homes, cook and power plants in Asia and elsewhere.
This was her stance in August 2014:
This was her stance November 2015:
Nothing has changed. BC will do the world a clean air favour to kick coal, and get on LNG.
Except this little bit of news came out yesterday,rather ironically since the Premier has been chatting up the world about replacing coal.
A revised proposal to build a new coal export terminal on the Fraser River in Surrey has received approval from Port Metro Vancouver.
The port authority on Monday issued an amended project permit to Fraser Surrey Docks that approves the company’s altered plan to load coal directly onto ocean-going ships, rather than first barging coal to a transfer site at Texada Island as originally planned.
The terminal would bring up to four million tonnes per year of U.S. thermal coal by rail through White Rock, South Surrey and Delta, adding one extra coal train per day.
It’s kind of hard to save the world from ‘dirty coal’ with BC LNG… when you are exporting 4 million tonnes of thermal coal,mostly to Asia.
Did anyone mention that in Paris? No? Hmmm.
Will the province be announcing that we will no longer export US thermal coal to Asia in order to back up the claim of doing the world a favour?
Or will the province hope the world doesn’t notice that while we are speaking clean energy out of one side of our mouth, we are heralding the jobs created by exporting ‘dirty’ coal out of the other side?
All you need to do is follow the money….through Surrey Fraser docks, to the ships that will carry the coal to Asia,to the very familiar name that stands to profit immensely from all of it.
And while you are following that money, follow these $$$ signs too,because if the Fraser Surrey Docks proposal does not stand up under the current challenges, you know exactly where all that coal will be going…. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/vancouver-magnate-bets-on-coal-exports-westshore-terminals/article27522884/