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U.S. exports of coal stir climate worries

Policy criticized as shifting pollution

Posted: July 28, 2014 at 4:40 a.m.

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 Americas unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world, where they could create even more pollution. With companies looking to double Americas coal exports, the nations growing position in the global energy trade could make global warming worse, fueling the worlds demand for coal when many experts say most fossil fuels should remain in the ground to avert the most disastrous effects of climate change.

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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