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SHOTLIST:AP Television - AP Clients OnlyNorfolk, Virginia - 22 May 20141. Various, rail cars with coal arriving at shipping center2. Various, coal from rail cars being unloaded3. Pull out from coal on conveyor belt, to shipping facility4. Various, coal being loaded for export onto shipAP Television - AP Clients OnlyWashington, DC - 17 June 20145. Graphic showing President Barack Obama, EPA logoAP Television - AP Clients OnlyDrakesboro, Kentucky - 3 June 20146. Zoom into coal-fired power plantAP Television - AP Clients OnlyWashington, DC - 17 June 20147. Graph showing coal exports from the U.S.AP Television - AP Clients OnlyNewport News, Virginia - 22 May 20148. Various, coal on groundAP Television - AP Clients OnlyBrandenburg, Germany - 6 June 20149. SOUNDBITE: (German) Annalena Baerbock, climate expert from the German Green party: (Transcript below)AP Television - AP Clients OnlyLuenen, Germany - 22 May 201410. Various, wind turbines11. Mid, coal on conveyor belt inside power plant12. Various, exteriors of power plantTokyo Electric Power Co Handout - AP Clients OnlyFukushima Prefecture, Japan - 21 March 201113. STILL Image, grey smoke rising from Unit 3 of the tsunami stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plantAP Television - AP Clients OnlyWashington, DC - 5 June 201414. SOUNDBITE: (English) Paul Bledsoe, Energy Analyst, German Marshall Fund: (Transcript below)15. Wide, Bledsoe in studioAP Television - AP Clients OnlyLouisville, Kentucky - December 201316. Zoom, Mill Creek Generating StationAP Television - AP Clients OnlyNorfolk, Virginia - 21 May 201417. Mid, traffic next to bridges18. Close-up erosion caused by floodingAP Television - AP Clients OnlyWashington, DC - 5 June 201419. SOUNDBITE: (English) Paul Bledsoe, Energy Analyst, German Marshall Fund: (Transcript below)AP Television - AP Clients OnlyNorfolk, Virginia - 21 May 201420. Close-up no-parking sign, except for flooding21. Pull out from buildings on stilts, to floodgates22. Pan, house being prepared to be lifted by workersAP Television - AP Clients OnlyNorfolk, Virginia - 22 May 201423. Close-up homeowner Bob Parsons measuring how high his house will be liftedBob Parsons family photographs - AP Clients OnlyNorfolk, Virginia - Various dates24. STILL Image Parson's flooded home25. STILL Image, Parsons wading through water on his street AP Television - AP Clients OnlyNorfolk, Virginia - 22 May 201426. SOUNDBITE: (English) Bob Parsons, home owner: (Transcript below)AP Television - AP Clients OnlyNorfolk, Virginia - 21 May 201427. Pan, houses on canalBob Parsons family photographs - AP Clients OnlyNorfolk, Virginia - Various dates28. Cars in flooded street AP Television - AP Clients OnlyWashington, DC - 5 June 201429. SOUNDBITE: (English) Paul Bledsoe, Energy Analyst, German Marshall Fund: (Transcript below)AP Television - AP Clients OnlyNorfolk, Virginia - 21 May 201430. Traveling shot, houses raised on stilts in flood-prone areasAP Television - AP Clients OnlyNorfolk, Virginia - 22 May 201431. Various, coal at shipping centerAP Television - AP Clients OnlyLouisville, Kentucky - December 201332. Various, Mill Creek Generating StationVOICE-OVER SCRIPT:(Nats, train cars rolling...)RAIL CARS CARRYING TONS OF APPALACHIA COAL ...(Nats, coal unloaded)ROLL INTO GIANT SHIPPING FACILITIES NEAR NORFOLK, VIRGINIA. THEIR CARGO DESTINED TO GO OVERSEAS ...AND DESTINED TO CONTRIBUTE TO ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST PRESSING ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS, GLOBAL WARMING.IN JUNE, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA LAUNCHED AN INITIATIVE TO CUT CARBON EMISSIONS, REDUCING THE NATION'S RELIANCE ON COAL FIRED POWER PLANTS.AS OBAMA REDUCES THE GASES BLAMED FOR GLOBAL WARMING FROM US POWER PLANTS ... THE COUNTRY IS EXPORTING MORE COAL THAN IT HAS IN DECADES.OF THE 52 MILLION TONS OF THERMAL COAL EXPORTED LAST YEAR, MORE THAN HALF, 31 MILLION TONS WENT TO EUROPE.SOUNDBITE: (German) Annalena Baerbock, climate expert of the German Green party"It is not enough when one country like the US is reducing its CO2 emission by 30 percent and the rest of the world continues like before."DESPITE A RENEWABLE ENERGY DRIVE, COAL IMPORTS TO GERMANY HAVE HIT 25 YEAR HIGHS.THAT COAL FILLS THE FUEL GAP LEFT WHEN GERMANY STARTED PHASING OUT NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS AFTER THE FUKUSHIMA DISASTER.THE WHITE HOUSE AGREES THE GROWING MARKET FOR COAL IS A MAJOR CHALLENGE, BUT SAYS ITS TIME IS BETTER SPENT REDUCING THE DEMAND FOR CARBON FUELS. (GRAPHIC: 'OUR TIME IS BETTER SPENT WORKING ON LEADING TOWARD A GLOBAL COMMITMENT TO CUT CARBON POLLUTION ON THE DEMAND SIDE.' RICK DUKE, OBAMA'S DEPUTY CLIMATE ADVISER) SOUNDBITE: Paul Bledsoe, Energy Analyst, German Marshall Fund"This is a systemic global problem of exporting emissions that we need to get a handle on."ENERGY ANALYST PAUL BLEDSOE SAYS AMERICA IS PLAYING A COSMIC SHELL GAME WITH THE WORLD'S CLIMATE ... A GLOBAL PROBLEM THAT IRONICALLY LEAVES THE PORT CITY OF NORFOLK A VICTIM OF ITS OWN ECONOMIC SUCCESS ... SOUNDBITE: Paul Bledsoe, Energy Analyst, German Marshall Fund "Norfolk is a microcosm of the global interface between climate impacts and coal // that coal goes (around the world, it) goes to China, it goes to Europe, gets burned. The increase in temperature rises sea level everywhere ...OVER THE LAST CENTURY, NORFOLK'S WATER LEVELS HAVE RISEN MORE THAN A FOOT.IT IS NOW A CITY RESTING ON STILTS AND PROTECTED BY FLOOD WALLS.(Nats, drilling as house being prepped for lifting)HOUSES ARE BEING RAISED TO ABOVE FLOOD LEVELS ...(UPSOUND: Bob Parsons, looking at new house level )"It is going to be up here. 60 inches, it is going to be raised up 5 feet. "BOB PARSON'S HOME, JUST MILES AWAY FROM TWO COAL EXPORT TERMINALS, HAS BEEN REPEATEDLY FLOODED ...SOUNDBITE: Bob Parsons, home owner "There has been flooding regularly for quite a long time and most of us are wondering what is being done about it."AND SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE QUICKLY ...WATER LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO RISE AT AN EVEN FASTER RATE IN THE NEXT FIFTY YEARS.SOUNDBITE: Paul Bledsoe, Energy Analyst, German Marshall Fund"If we are just displacing our domestic goal but then exporting it, what are we really doing for the global climate?"CARBON EMISSIONS AND GLOBAL WARMING WILL BE TOP AGENDA ITEMS AT THE 2015 UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE IN PARIS.ENVIRONMENTALISTS ARE LOBBYING FOR AN AGREEMENT ON CARBON EMISSIONS, WHICH WILL TAKE INTO ACCOUNT EXPORTING RAW MATERIALS AS WELL AS BURNING FOSSIL FUELS.TRACY BROWN/ASSOCIATED PRESS, NORFOLK, VIRGINIA