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Fossil fuels ‘probably dead,’ says CP CEO

Hunter Harrison tells conference new investments in traditional energy will dry up because of environmental hurdles.


MONTREAL — The CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway says fossil fuels are “probably dead.”

Hunter Harrison told a transportation conference Mar. 9 that the transition to alternative fuels will be long, but new investments in traditional energy sources will dry up because of environmental hurdles.

The country’s second-largest railway has seen shipments of crude drop due to declining demand brought on by the dramatic fall in oil prices.

Thermal coal shipments have also waned.

Harrison said the rail industry will have to adjust to a shift to alternative energy sources, just as it did in the 1990s when the US Clean Air Act wiped away 29% of the business at Illinois Central Railway that he ran at the time.

He spoke at the J.P. Morgan transportation conference in New York.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

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