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...

Despite Nebraska Ruling, Keystone XL Still Fails Climate Test

For immediate release:January 9, 2015contact:Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, 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 does nothing to alter the fundamental facts on Keystone. Not only does the pipeline present dire threats to Indigenous communities, ranchers, and the Ogallala aquifer, it miserably fails the administration’s own climate test. The millions of people who have joined the movement to stop this pipeline are looking to President Obama right now to choose...

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 and for our communities—and a huge victory for the #NoKXL movement. Now it's time for the president to reject the pipeline once and for all. Tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline! President Obama's veto threat is...

RAN Responds to White House Keystone Veto Threat

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 6, 2015 contact: Claire Sandberg,, 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 Starbuck issued the following statement:“This is a testament to the dedication and resolve of millions of grassroots activists who have for years fought to stop this pipeline, against all odds. Together this movement has marched, written letters, sat in at the White House and along the route of the pipeline, and self-organized a large-scale network ready to do whatever it takes to win a rejection on Keystone. It’s an important day for the climate and for communities when the President decides to side with the people over the fossil fuel corporations who are wrecking our climate for profit.”Rainforest Action Network has been fighting the Keystone...

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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 Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)." READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

2014 in Review: That Time We Flooded Wall Street

People gonna rise with the water,We're gonna calm this crisis down,I hear the voice of my great grand-daughter,Saying "shut down Wall Street now!" I’m really grateful.  I’m really grateful to be part of a mass movement that dreams big and takes bold action. Back in September, I woke up on a crisp clear New York morning and joined 3,000 people to shut down the city's financial district as a part of Flood Wall Street.  Responding to a call from the Climate Justice Alliance for civil disobedience actions to add urgency to the People’s Climate Mobilization, New York organizers issued an invitation to Flood Wall Street. As both the symbolic and literal epicenter of global capitalism, Wall Street’s main players were to be held accountable for funding the current climate crisis as well as actively opposing organized efforts...

2014: A Breakthrough Year for Protecting Global Forests

2014 will long stand out as a breakthrough moment in RAN’s history. This is the year when our long term work reached a turning point and began to achieve truly systemic change,  transforming the destructive way palm oil is produced, traded and sold worldwide. 

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