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Oakland Votes To Ban Coal Shipments, Could End Export Plans

June 28, 2016

by Nick Visser : huffingtonpost – excerpt

Detractors said a project to build a new coal export terminal would’ve harmed the public.

Officials in Oakland, California, effectively ended proposals to open a new coal export terminal by voting to ban the transport and storage of the fossil fuel within city limits.

The Oakland City Council announced its 7-0 decision on Monday as hundreds of anti-coal protestors descended on City Hall. The vote, which must be reconfirmed before it’s made official, came after Mayor Libby Schaaf and council member Dan Kalb argued that a coal export terminal would pollute the area, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Environmentalists, who had ardently opposed such a project, hailed the decision… (more)

Since we on the Pacific West Coast are breathing coal dust from China now, it doesn’t make much since to encourage more of it.

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