Reduced Oregon coal use means more exported abroad


By 2020, coal will no longer be burned at the 38-year-old Boardman Coal Plant—it will be exported to Asia.

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By 2020, coal will no longer be burned at the 38-year-old Boardman Coal Plant—it will be exported to Asia.

The end of coal here will help Oregon meet the Obama administration’s latest proposal to slash the pollution blamed for global warming. The plan calls on the state to cut its power plant carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2030. Closing Boardman, which gets its coal from the Northern Rockies, will go a long way toward that goal.

If all goes according to plan for global energy conglomerate Ambre Energy Ltd., coal mined from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming will still arrive in Boardman by train car. But instead of feeding the coal plant, it would be shipped to Asia, where an energy-hungry populace is reliant on coal as a cheap power source.

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