June 2, 2014 11:05 pm
Updated: June 2, 2014 11:15 pm

U.S. plan to cut coal use unlikely to reduce transport through B.C.


U.S. President Barack Obama today rolled out a new plan to drastically cut carbon pollution from power plants over the coming decade.

Proponents hope this can finally kick start a global plan to fight climate change.

The desire to cut carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. means shutting down or dramatically reducing reliance on coal fired power plants, which today remains the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.

Even if the U.S. does reduce its dependency on coal-burning plants, the demand for coal is still on the rise in China.

That means more coal moving through Lower Mainland ports.

Currently, B.C. has the only west coast coal ports, meaning more thermal coal moving through Vancouver on its way to Asia.

With growing demand, a new coal port is being proposed for the Surrey docks. A decision is expected this summer.

White Rock residents are demanding an independent health study into the effects of increased coal shipments.

Coal is sprayed twice before it enters the Vancouver area to prevent dust.

The commodity has been moved through the region for decades.

— with files from Jas Johal


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