[The coal industry is desperately looking for west coast ports with rail service. – Admin]
A developer’s plan to ship coal from Oakland’s docks took a huge blow Friday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to block state funds for any coal-shipping terminals in California and vowed to keep up a fight against the fossil fuel.
The news came weeks after the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to bar shipping and handling of coal throughout the city, sending the proposed terminal by developer Phil Tagami into an uncertain future. Tagami is a friend and longtime political supporter of Brown’s.
“I think it’s a real win for the people of California,” said state Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, who sponsored the legislation, which was the only one of four coal-curbing bills she pushed this year that won the Legislature’s approval. It passed the Senate on Thursday and Brown signed it into law less than 24 hours later, with a message that underscored his role as a leader in the battle against climate change and broke his long silence on the coal controversy that rattled his former hometown.
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