The fissures in the oft-touted Canada-U.S. relationship will be more apparent than ever this week during the United Nations climate change talks in Germany as Canada pushes to phase out coal as a power source.
Canada’s position runs counter to the Trump administration, which has declared the “war on coal is over” and promised to breath life into the industry.
“Canada is committed to phasing out coal. We’ve created an alliance with the U.K., we’re going to get other countries around the world to help support moving forward on a coal phase-out. Coal is not only the most polluting fossil fuel but it’s also terrible for health,” said Environment Minister Catherine McKenna ahead of her trip.
“If the U.S. is going to step back, we’ve said we’re going to step up, and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing.”
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