The Sundarbans in Bangladesh -- the world's largest mangrove forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a safe haven for Bengal tigers and other endangered species -- is under serious threat from Big Coal.
Orion Group, a Bangladeshi conglomerate, is building a coal-fired plant near the edge of the World Heritage site. The plant's infrastructure, shipping and emissions will have devastating effects on the Sundarbans and the thousands of people who depend on the forest ecosystem for their livelihoods. And it will come in addition to a second coal-fired plant the company is building near the capital of Dhaka. Together these plants will spew millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere -- in Bangladesh, one of the nations at highest risk from climate change.
Orion has reportedly approached the Export-Import Bank, a U.S. government agency with a long track record of committing billions of taxpayer dollars to finance fossil fuel projects abroad. Ex-Im Bank's support for Orion's plants would grease the wheels for coal development abroad, even as the United States moves away from dirty coal on the domestic front.
May 10, 2016 Action Alert ID# 371
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