Value Propositions and Dreams – 2
@Alex_AniPac makes a point, in response to this post, on the question of B.C. coal shipments and, therefore, our responsibility for climate change impacts:
Well, isn’t the coal we mine in BC and Alberta metallurgical coal (for steel) not thermal coal (for power plants)? If you want to ban exports of thermal coal from the US, go ahead. You don’t need to kneecap the Canadian economy to do that.
It’s a nuanced difference:
In general terms, based on the rank, coal can be classified as either “thermal” coal or “metallurgical” coal. Thermal coal is lower in carbon content and calorific value, higher in moisture value, is the world’s most abundant fossil fuel and is primarily used to produce energy. Metallurgical coal is less abundant than thermal coal and is primarily used in the production of coke which is an important part of the integrated steel mill process.
In any event, Fraser Surrey Docks proposes a new terminal for the export of thermal coal.
The bigger point, I suppose, is that our economy, jobs and the benefits that follow remain a higher priority. Which, to put it another way, means this: