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.
- CBC IN MEXICO Mexicans fear they'll pay for Trump's wall 'one way or another'
- Trump's NAFTA threats are already causing pain in Mexico's trade-dependent border communities, with a low peso and unstable factory jobs.
- Former astronaut, U.S. senator John Glenn dead at 95
- John Glenn, whose life took him to the celestial heights as the first American to orbit in space, then into the trenches of congressional infighting as a longtime Democratic senator, before he re-entered space as a 77-year-old, has died.
- Analysis It may be 'foolish' to ignore Trump's tweets, even when they look like 'fluff'
- Everything the U.S. president-elect does, says and writes now matters. Unless it doesn't, say media critics, amid a debate over whether the world can afford to tune out tweets by Donald Trump.
- Researchers sound alarm over millions of tonnes of plastic dumped into oceans video
- Members of an international organization based in Denmark that aims to raise awareness about the consequences of the increasing plastic pollution of the oceans, are set to collect data and measure levels of micro-plastics floating in the water.
- TSX, New York stock markets rally as crude prices top $50 US
- Major stock markets in New York climbed to set new records today amid a broad rally from banks, materials and technology companies.