Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

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Associated Press

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 28 at 12:00 PM

BOARDMAN, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's largest coal-burning power plant is expected to shut down in a few years, but that doesn't mean coal is dead.

Under a plan by an Australian energy conglomerate, coal being shipped to the Boardman Coal Plant will instead be exported to Asia, where pollution will still spew into the earth's atmosphere.

This town on the Columbia River is a real-life example of the gulf between President Barack Obama's strategy to reduce coal emissions and reality. As the U.S. reduces its own carbon pollution, it is sending more abroad.

An analysis by The Associated Press found that over the last five years, as the U.S. has cut coal use by 195 million tons, about 20 percent of that has been shipped overseas.

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