Gallery: Coal Export Project Dirtier than the Keystone XL Pipeline Plan...

 

The Keystone XL pipeline has become the iconic symbol of anti-fossil fuel and climate change activism in the 21st century. Yet, there is a more dangerous project lurking behind the scenes that has not been garnering nearly the same amount of attention: a series of proposed export terminals in the Pacific Northwest that would enable US coal companies to ship 190 million more tons of coal a year from the Powder River Basin to Asia. The Army Corps of Engineers recently decided not to do an environmental impact statement for a number of terminals that export coal along the Washington and Oregon coasts. These terminals are a last ditch attempt by the coal industry to ship their products to Asia, where the market is still expanding. A report by Greenpeace has ranked the project as the #3 most harmful plan proposed in the world, while the Keystone XL ranks as #5 out of a total of 14.

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