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Pollution from coal plants a big threat to the Sundarbans mangrove forest!
Media reports indicate that Orion has approached the Ex-Im Bank for funding for these harmful coal plants in Bangladesh. The bank's support for these projects would grease the wheels for coal development abroad, while back at home the US moves away from this dirty fuel.

The Sundarbans in Bangladesh - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a safe haven for endangered tigers and dolphins is under serious threat. 

Orion Group, a Bangladeshi conglomerate, is trying to build two new coal-fired power plants. One would be dangerously close to the rich and irreplaceable ecosystem of the Sundarbans mangrove forest, which sustains the livelihoods of over 500,000 people and is home to the Ganges river dolphin, whose population has dwindled to just about 1,500 worldwide. The other plant would be right outside the country's densely-populated capital, polluting the Dhaka air with coal ash and other toxins.

The Paris climate agreement, which the United States joined more than 150 other countries in signing, commits the international community to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. As a low-lying nation, climate change poses grave risks to Bangladesh in the form of rising seas and stronger storms.

The Ex-Im Bank's support for these projects would betray the international climate agreement by funneling taxpayer dollars into dirty coal plants that threaten the habitats of endangered species, a precious ecosystem, and the wellbeing of millions of people. Instead, the bank must be part of the just energy transition and invest in renewables that will help increase access to electricity worldwide and won't harm our environment.

Don't export our pollution to Bangladesh! The proposed Orion Khulna coal plant would gravely damage the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest, threaten the human rights of thousands of local people, and contribute to runaway climate change. In addition, the Orion coal plant proposed to be built near Dhaka threatens the air and water of 17 million people. We urge you to publicly reject funding both of these projects.

The Sundarbans in Bangladesh - the world's largest mangrove forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a safe haven for the endangered Bengal tiger - is under serious threat from Big Coal.

Orion Group, a Bangladeshi conglomerate with a history of corruption allegations, is building two coal-fired power plants. One plant's infrastructure and emissions would have devastating impacts on the World Heritage site as it is located right by the Sundarbans. The other plant would be located right outside the capital, Dhaka, a metropolitan area home to 17 million people.

Building coal plants on the forest's fringes means abusing the rights of the thousands of people, who live near and depend on the Sundarbans. Locals are displaced from their land and deprived of their livelihoods. Fierce citizen opposition to the projects has been ignored at best, suppressed at worst. And yet, Orion has already started construction - before receiving formal environmental clearance!

What's more, Orion has possibly approached the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, a government agency that has already used billions of taxpayer dollars to finance fossil fuel projects abroad, for funding for these harmful coal plants in Bangladesh. U.S. Ex-Im Bank's support for these projects would grease the wheels for coal development abroad, while domestically the U.S. moves away from this dirty fuel. Not to mention, these deals would call into question U.S Ex-Im Bank's commitment to its own policies on climate change and human rights.

The U.S. Ex-Im Bank must not funnel taxpayer dollars into dirty coal plants dangerously close to a unique biodiversity hotspot and a major population center. It is a betrayal of the Paris climate agreement, where just months ago the United States joined the rest of the world in committing to keeping global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius.

U.S. Ex-Im Bank must be part of the just energy transition and invest in renewables that will help increase access to electricity and won't harm our environment. Tell the U.S. Ex-Im Bank: Don't finance dangerous coal projects in Bangladesh! Publicly reject financing for coal projects that threaten world treasures like the Sundarbans and pollute the air of millions!

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