Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A cleanup at home could be bringing more pollution to the rest of the world.

As the Obama administration moves the nation away from dirty fuels that are 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.

The activity threatens to weaken President Barack Obama's strategy for reducing the gases blamed for climate change.

Over the past six years, U.S. energy companies have sent more coal than ever before to other parts of the world. In some cases, the coal is going to places with weaker environmental standards.

It makes the United States appear to be making more progress than it's actually making on global warming -- because it shifts some of the pollution, and the burden for cleaning it up, onto the balance sheets of other countries.

White House officials say U.S. coal doesn't have much of a global footprint -- and that reducing the use of coal worldwide is the best way to ease global warming.

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APPHOTO WX601: ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014, AT 12:01 A.M. AND THEREAFTER - In this May 22, 2014, photo, sunlight reflects off of a chunk of coal at Dominion Terminal Associates' coal terminal in Newport News, Va. As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off polluting 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) (22 May 2014)

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