I stared at my email. I couldn't believe what I was reading. The World Bank would no longer finance coal power generation projects, "except in rare circumstances." The email was from Cathy Orlando, Canada's national manager of the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). She was responding to a congratulatory message from Marshall Saunders, CCL's founder.
My head was spinning. As incredible as it seemed, I could not help but wonder how much of a role CCL had on this decision.
Dr. Frank James of Bellingham, WA will speak about the health impacts from increased U.S. coal trains and the Fraser Surrey Dock coal port proposal to transport U.S. thermal coal to Asia.
"We're a secure marine facility," Jeff Scott says, pulling a fluorescent safety vest over his suit jacket, "so I can't have you going out and taking a whole bunch of pictures out there."
Gaining access to the Fraser Surrey Docks terminal, the site of a controversial proposal for a new coal export facility, requires me to navigate a checkpoint, deposit my driver's license with the guardhouse as collateral, and wait for official clearance before the tall chain link gate sidles slowly open.