World leaders, including Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, are busy at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany pushing to phase out coal in North America and Europe – that is, when they aren't busy lavishly celebrating themselves.
And I've really had pretty much I can stomach of the environmentalist self-congratulatory elitism, at least for today.
So I hopped a train out of Bonn and got as far away from the UN "hippy prom" as I could. I ended up in Luchen, Germany, home to the Garzweiler 2 lignite coal mine, where I found the other side of the coal phase out story.
Luchen is quaint German town with a really incredible mine that remediates as it goes and creates well paying jobs for 1750 people.
Every single one of those jobs and the town next door will be a sacrifice to the UN climate change agenda, if Catherine McKenna has her way.