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Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

This June 20, 2014, photo show Boardman Coal Plant technician Paz Barratta as he operated the control room in Boardman, Ore. The plant is scheduled to close in 2020. The end of coal here will help Oregon meet the Obama administration’s latest proposal to slash pollution blamed for global warming. If all goes according to plan for global energy conglomerate Amber Energy, coal will still arrive in Boardman, Ore., but instead of feeding the coal plant, it would be shipped to Asia. (AP Photo/Nigel Duara)

BOARDMAN, Ore. (AP) — The largest power plant in Oregon, the Boardman Coal Plant, sat idle one day earlier this summer, “cold steel” in industry parlance, its dirty power no longer wanted on an electricity grid that is becoming greener.

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Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

In this May 22, 2014, photo, a ship is docked at Norfolk Southern's Lamberts Point coal terminal as a man plays golf in Norfolk, Va. As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world, where they could create even more pollution. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Coal from Appalachia rumbles into this port city, 150 railroad cars at a time, bound for the belly of the massive cargo ship Prime Lily. The ship soon sets sail for South America, its 80,000 tons of coal destined for power plants and factories, an export of American energy — and pollution.

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Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

In this May 22, 2014, photo train cars containing coal roll into an unloading facility at Dominion Terminal Associates' coal terminal in Newport News, Va. As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world, where they could create even more pollution. With companies looking to double America’s coal exports, the nation’s growing position in the global energy trade could make global warming worse, fueling the world’s demand for coal when many experts say most fossil fuels should remain in the ground to avert the most disastrous effects of climate change. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution.

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