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EPA Announces Rules to Limit Carbon Pollution: RAN Responds

Posted by 06/02/14

This morning, Gina McCarthy, head of the EPA, announced new carbon pollution standards for power plants, the centerpiece of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. We welcome the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to limit carbon pollution from power plants. Power plants are the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. Setting the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution is an essential and long overdue step to address global warming. Communities across the nation are already seeing and feeling the impacts of global warming, from increased health risks like asthma attacks and lung disease, to devastating extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy and wildfires across the American West. The science is clear: inaction will only increase these deadly and costly threats. This is exactly why communities from Chicago to...   Read more

RAN Responds to Proposed Federal Carbon Pollution Standards

Posted by 06/02/14

On Monday, June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency announced new carbon pollution standards for power plants, the centerpiece of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Rainforest Action Network’s Climate Program Director, Amanda Starbuck, issued the following statement: We welcome the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to limit carbon pollution from power plants. Power plants are the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. Setting the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution is an essential and long overdue step to address global warming. Communities across the nation are already seeing and feeling the impacts of global warming, from increased health risks like asthma attacks and lung disease, to devastating extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy and wildfires across the American West. The science is clear: inaction will only increase these deadly and costly threats. This is exactly why communities from Chicago to North Carolina, from New England to New Mexico,...   Read more

Coal is Poisoning the Cape Fear River

Posted by 05/29/14

This month, Rainforest Action Network and three allies testified at Bank of America's annual shareholder meeting, urging them to drop coal, to stop profiting from environmental destruction and human rights abuses. We're posting the statements of our three allies. Add your voice by telling Bank of America to stop funding coal—and come clean on climate change.  My name is Kemp Burdette. I am the Cape Fear Riverkeeper. I was born and raised along the Cape Fear River in southeastern North Carolina. I want to describe to you the impacts that coal is having on the Cape Fear River, because Bank of America's financing of the coal industry, and specifically Duke Energy, is supporting the contamination of groundwater, the fouling of rivers, and the poisoning of drinking water supplies for nearly a million people in the Cape Fear watershed alone. Across North Carolina, the problem is even worse. Read more

Keystone XL: Where Things Stand

Posted by 05/24/14

It's been one month since the climate movement won a significant delay on the Keystone XL pipeline. Since then, the oil industry and their political and media backers have gotten...   Read more

Time for France’s Biggest Bank to Stop Funding Mountaintop Removal Coal

Posted by 05/21/14

This post is by Ben Collins of RAN and Yann Louvel of BankTrack. The campaign to stop bank financing of mountaintop removal coal mining is gaining momentum. For years, RAN and other organizations in the global BankTrack network have urged U.S. and European banks to stop financing the devastation caused by mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining. BankTrack members have worked closely with advocates from Appalachia — the region hardest hit by MTR — including Paul Corbit Brown and Elise Keaton from Keeper of the Mountains, and Bob Kincaid from Coal River Mountain Watch. Together, they’ve travelled around the U.S. and Europe to speak directly to CEOs and boards of banks at their annual shareholder meetings and urge them to stop bankrolling mountaintop removal coal mining. This week, we have an opportunity to push France’s biggest bank, Crédit Agricole, to stop profiting from MTR once...  Read more

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