Alert! Vancouver Bans Coal! This is why everyone loves Canada!:)
Vancouver's Greenest City 2020 climate plan promises that its citizenry will soon breathe the "cleanest air of any major city in the world." Such a radical statement would have to be backed up by radical actions, and indeed, Vancouver's leaders made one on Tuesday by voting to ban all coal from the city.
The measure, which the city council passed 9 to 2, outlaws the storage and shipment of coal at Vancouver's Port Metro system – the second largest exporter of coal in America, according to The Province. Council members and those giving testimony cited not just the fossil fuel's deleterious effect on the climate, but also the coal industry's reputed failure to implement health-impact assessments for a plan to expand port terminals. One councilman complained that trains that transport the fuel go past some of Vancouver's schools, sniping, “So you make all the money and my daughter gets cancer. Thank you.”
Unfortunately (or quite fortunately, if you're a titan of industry), the ban won't have much of a meaningful effect. That's because Vancouver has no control over the Port Metro, and there are no coal facilities within the city, as per The Province's report. And as one of the council members who voted against the ban noted, the city might not be ready to subsist on solar and wind energy alone: "If anyone in that (council chamber) can tell me where the replacement for carbon is, I’m sure we’d be willing to do it."