China elephant in coal room

In the past year we have read many articles, letters and attended meetings regarding the Fraser Surrey dock proposal. Both sides in the discussion have talked about the effects on local health issues from transporting this poisonous muck. However, there was always an elephant in the room that rarely got a mention.

China is burning this low-grade coal and now pollution in the form of smog from China is turning up in Australia, the west coast of North America including our own coast, according to health officials, newspaper articles and a recent Global TV news report.

Surely it’s time to bring the elephant into this discussion and talk about just how does 25 created jobs justify destroying the air we breathe and the environment we depend on for humanity’s future well being? Do we really need any further reasons to nix this proposal?

Gavin Wishart

New Westminster

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