Apr 27, 2017

British Columbia asks Trudeau to ban U.S. coal

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Cloud Peak Energy CEO Colin Marshall urged investors Thursday on an earnings call not to get ahead of themselves in worrying about whether coal exports to Canada would be banned. This comes after Premier Christy Clark of British Columbia penned a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday asking him to ban coal shipments from the U.S., sending shares from the coal giant tumbling.

Retaliation against Trump: Trump's new tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber sparked the response from Clark. Trudeau's spokesman said he would consider the request "carefully and seriously," per Bloomberg.

Why it matters: This ban would hit Trump where it would hurt — his campaign promise to bring back coal — since about 6.2 million metric tons of U.S. thermal coal were shipped through Vancouver's sea port in 2016.

Calming the coal fright: Marshall said all planned exports would still be shipped out.

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A portrait of George Floyd hangs on a street light pole in Minneapolis. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

George Floyd, 46, moved to Minnesota to improve his life and become his "best self," but instead, he is dead because of Minneapolis police.

The latest: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz declared a state of emergency and activated the state's National Guard in response to violent clashes over the past two days between police and protesters in the Twin Cities.