An effort to make the Vancouver Olympics the most environmentally sustainable is coming under fire from an usual corner.
Environmentalists are criticising a decision to use hydrogen buses during the games.
As Curt Petrovich has been reporting this morning, the buses are being called little more than very expensive window dressing.
* The buses cost more than two million dollars each... four times the price of a diesel model.
* The hydrogen fuel has to be trucked from a plant in Quebec.
* And during the Olympics bus emissions will actually increase when BC transit relies on more than 100 additional diesel buses to handle demand.
The David Suzuki foundation has panned the 89 million dollar project.
Former BC transit planner Stephen Rees says the money would be better spent bringing bus service to people who don't already have it.
"we can provide zero emission electric transport now - very effecitvely - using very old fashoined technolgoy like street cars or trolley buses."
John Tack is president of the canadian hydrogen and fuel cell association - who's industry members built the buses.
"The only thing that's coming out of the tailpipe is water vapour and heat - so that's where we need to go in terms of transportation in getting rid of pollution and green house gases."
The buses will keep rolling well after the Olympics.
BC Transit will evaluate how well they performed, in four years.
- Italian officials probing if high earthquake death toll result of building code infractions video
- Italian authorities are vowing to investigate whether negligence or fraud in adhering to building codes played a role in the high death toll in last week's earthquake in Italy.
- New Suicide bomber in Yemen kills 25 government fighters
- Yemeni security officials say a suicide attacker set off a massive car bomb in the southern city of Aden, killing 25 pro-government troops who had been preparing to travel to Saudi Arabia to fight in Yemen's northern border area.
- False report of gunman at Los Angeles airport causes panic
- Reports of a gunman opening fire that turned out to be false caused panicked evacuations at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday night, while flights to and from the airport saw major delays.
- Trump's immigration talk runs into reality at the Mexican border
- There's already a wall across almost one-third of the U.S.-Mexican border — and people still get over. That's one reason even the border patrol scoffs at U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's proposal to build the rest of the wall.
- How a $64M hack changed the fate of Ethereum, Bitcoin's closest competitor
- Picture this: A thief steals millions of dollars by hacking into an investment fund, and the whole theft is undone with a simple software update. That is, in effect, what happened recently at Ethereum, an upstart digital currency platform second only to Bitcoin in dollar value.