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You Did It! No U.S. Tax Dollars for Dirty Coal Plants Abroad!

Posted by 08/01/14

We did it! We’ve won the first round in a fight against using U.S. tax dollars to finance the dirtiest coal projects around the world, thanks to an outpouring of opposition from environmental activists, including RAN members. West Virginia Senator and “mouthpiece for the coal industry” Joe Manchin had sought to include a giveaway to Big Coal in legislation reauthorizing the federal Export-Import Bank. But Manchin backed down in the face of mounting pressure earlier this week, instead introducing a “clean” bill without the coal industry goodies. This is big step in the right direction. Pushing public banks to scale back funding for coal is critical to Rainforest Action Network’s long-term goal of preventing the entire financial sector from bankrolling climate chaos. Public sector financing is one of the few areas on climate where the...   Read more

The Coal Industry is Getting Desperate

Posted by 08/01/14

The coal industry’s mouthpieces in Washington are getting desperate. This week, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) had this to say about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon pollution standards for power plants: “You talk about terrorism — you can do it in a lot of different ways.”1 Here’s a good rule of thumb in political debate: when someone invokes terrorism out of the blue, you know they’ve lost the argument.   Because the environmental movement has it right — pollution from coal-fired power plants kills communities and cooks our climate. That’s why the EPA’s long-overdue carbon standards, announced last month, are so important. This new rule is a welcome step, but we need more. Tell the EPA to strengthen its limits on carbon pollution from power plants. We already limit...   Read more

RAN's Pictures of the Month: July

Posted by 08/01/14

July was another busy month over at RAN's Facebook page! Here's a look at the month's most popular pictures. 3. The Bronze Panther for Third Most Popular Picture goes to ...  ... these adorable (and threatened) orangutans. Tell the Snack Food 20 to cut conflict palm oil, not rainforests: http://www.ran.org/snack_food_20 2. The Silver Panther for Second Most Popular Picture goes to ...   ... the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., reminding us what Independence Day really means.  1. And the Gold Panther for Most Popular Picture goes to ...  ... Thomas Edison! This picture definitely stirred up some controversy over his business practices, and his treatment of Nicola Tesla—but he was right about the potential of solar power.  Like us...   Read more

No U.S. Funding for Coal Plants Abroad

Posted by 07/25/14

The coal lobby's best friend in the Senate is trying to roll back progress on stopping climate change.  West Virginia Democrat and “mouthpiece for the coal industry” Joe Manchin is trying to undo a new rule that would limit the use of U.S. tax dollars to finance dirty coal plants around the world. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is currently weighing whether or not to allow Manchin to attach his pro-coal amendment to existing legislation. Tell Harry Reid: No U.S. tax dollars for dirty coal plants abroad!It all has to do with a federal bank you've probably never heard of, the Export-Import Bank. The Export-Import Bank provides financing for U.S. businesses operating internationally, and up until now has been a huge funder of fossil fuel development around the globe. Under President Obama, the bank has financed more...  Read more

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