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Constant Conflict? Unresolved Land Disputes Still Haunt Asia Pulp and Paper

On-the-ground interviews with 17 affected Indonesian communities reveal policy implementation problems while hundreds of unresolved land conflicts remain Nearly two years after Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) made groundbreaking commitments to transform its notoriously destructive business practices, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has partnered with one international and nine local Indonesian allies to produce a report that documents the company’s performance in meeting its social responsibility promises. Recent on-the-ground research in 17 Indonesian communities affected by APP reveal significant APP policy implementation problems, and hundreds of unresolved land conflicts remaining in APP’s concessions. APP’s OKI Mill, one...

San Francisco Rallies to Reject Keystone XL

Last night, as part of a day of action that saw events in all fifty states, 300 Bay Area #NoKXL activists rallied in front of a State Department office in downtown San Francisco. RAN staff was proud to participate, along with our friends at CREDO and Idle No More.   RAN climate campaigner Todd Zimmer fired up the crowd: What do we want? Climate justice! Idle No More's beautiful banners: Pennie Opal Plant, of Idle No More, spoke...

The #NoKXL Movement Shows Up in Force

Yesterday the movement to stop Keystone XL showed up in force once again, with thousands of you coming together at 158 events in all 50 states—all organized in about 72 hours! Even more impressive, many events happened in the bitter cold of winter, with temperatures in the single digits in many locations. There were too many incredible moments from yesterday to name them all, but here are some of our favorites: hundreds encircled the federal building in Seattle with the message “Climate Justice Now, Reject Keystone XL”; Indigenous communities across the country held #OcetiRising solidarity vigils with the...

Keystone XL Opponents Rally in All 50 States

January 13, 2015FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, 507-412-7609Claire Sandberg, Rainforest Action Network, claire@ran.org, 646-641-6431Josh Nelson, CREDO, jnelson@credoaction.com, 202-550-6175Karthik Ganapathy, 350.org, karthik@350.org, (347) 881-3784Mark Westlund, Sierra Club, mark.westlund@sierraclub.org, 415-977-5719David Turnbull, Oil Change International, david@priceofoil.org, 202-316-3499 Keystone XL Opponents Rally in All 50 States In coast to coast rallies, thousands call on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline immediately Full map of events: http://a.ran.org/g1IPhotos from today’s rallies: http://a.ran.org/q1B Thousands of local activists rallied at events in all 50 states Tuesday to urge President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline because the project fails the president’s own climate test. Following the conclusion of the Nebraska court case that the president cited as part of the process that was delaying his decision, people from all walks of life called on President Obama to reject Keystone XL without delay....

Mobilize to Reject Keystone XL

After yesterday’s Nebraska Supreme Court decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, the ball is back in President Obama’s court. It’s time for him to reject the pipeline now. Next Tuesday, organize or join a Reject Keystone XL rally near you! Yesterday, the Nebraska Supreme Court finally weighed in on whether the proposed pipeline route for Keystone XL was legal. This was the decision we've all been waiting for--the Obama administration put the State Department environmental review process on hold pending the resolution of this case. And now the wait is over. Unfortunately, the court sided with Big Oil over the Nebraska landowners. But President Obama can still come down on our side, and at the end of the day this decision is still his alone to make. With the question of the Nebraska route...

One Year Ago Today: West Virginia’s Coal Industry Water Crisis

On January 9th, 2014, over 10,000 gallons of the coal washing chemical MCHM spilled from tanks owned by Freedom Industries on the banks of the Elk River in Charleston, West Virginia. The chemical spill took place upstream from a municipal water intake pipe and contaminated the drinking water of over 300,000 people. If you missed coverage of the crisis last January, Ken Ward has written an extensive retrospective in the Charleston Gazette. Overall, a year after the spill, West Virginians are still fighting to get answers about the health impacts of the spill and prevent future industry-caused water disasters.  Last month, federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against Freedom Industries and its top executives for negligence that allegedly led to the leak. The former CEO of Freedom, Gary Southern, who infamously sipped from bottled water at a press conference in the aftermath of the spill, would...

Despite Nebraska Ruling, Keystone XL Still Fails Climate Test

For immediate release:January 9, 2015contact:Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, claire@ran.org San Francisco—In response to today’s ruling from the Nebraska Supreme Court on the proposed pipeline route for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, Rainforest Action Network Climate Program Director Amanda Starbuck issued the following statement:“This decision...

President Obama: Reject Keystone XL Once and For All

Yesterday was a watershed moment in our fight to stop Keystone XL. Following weeks of criticism of the pipeline from President Obama, the White House confirmed that the president will veto Republican legislation to approve Keystone.1 That's great news for the climate...

RAN Responds to White House Keystone Veto Threat

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 6, 2015 contact: Claire Sandberg, claire@ran.org, 646-641-6431 San Francisco—In response to the news that President Obama will veto proposed legislation on the Keystone XL pipeline introduced by Republicans in Congress, Rainforest Action Network Climate Program Director Amanda...

Vice: Rogue Palm Oil Companies Continue to Destroy Indonesia's Forests

"Widespread corruption and the absence of adequate law enforcement continue to enable deforestation in Indonesia, despite recent pledges from the world's largest agricultural corporations to halt forest clearing and a national moratorium on the issuance of new logging permits, according to a report from the...

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