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As Occupy Wall Street Gains Momentum, An Effort to Close Consumer Accounts from Bank of America is Launched

Release Date: 
Monday, October 10, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO— Bank customers around the country have an opportunity to show their discontent with the big banks by pledging to close their Bank of America accounts as part of a new effort launched today from Rainforest Action Network. The ‘not one more dollar’ pledges will be bundled—much like the big banks packaged mortgages for sale—and presented to Bank of America executives in protest of the bank’s funding of coal, the country’s number one contributor to climate change. (1)

State Line Power Station, A Dirty and Dangerous Relic, Will Soon Shut Down

The US may lack a comprehensive climate and energy strategy to mitigate coal use and ramp up the use of renewable energy, but it does have the EPA and father time combining to put pressure on utilities to close down aging coal fired power plants now. The cost of a retrofit required by new national standards for nitrogen oxide and mercury emissions have influenced Virginia-based Dominion Resources to close the State Line Power Station, a plant first constructed in the 1920s.

Treehugger
Saturday, May 7, 2011

Rainforest Action Network Statement on Bank of America's New Emissions Commitment

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (May 18, 2011)—Today, Bank of America announced a new greenhouse gas emissions reduction commitment covering its ‘operational’ emissions coming from the company’s  global facilities. The announcement can be found here: http://mediaroom.bankofamerica.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=234503&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1565219&highlight.

Community Calls for Shutdown of Chicago’s Crawford Coal Plant

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Little Village, Chicago—At 10:00am today, six activists with the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), Rising Tide North America, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and the Backbone Campaign climbed the fence to Midwest Generation’s controversial Crawford coal plant in Little Village. The activists unfurled a 7’ x 30’ banner atop a 20-foot tall sprawling coal pile that feeds the power plant, which reads: “Close Chicago’s Toxic Coal Plants.”

New Report Card Exposes Largest Financers of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO—A new report card issued today by Rainforest Action Network and the Sierra Club ranks ten of the world’s largest banks on their financing of mountaintop removal coal mining projects. Since 2010, the report card found that the top three financiers of the destructive mining practice are PNC, Citi, and UBS. Deutsche Bank and GE Capital received failing grades for having no policy in place to guide funding of mining companies. Credit Suisse and Wells Fargo were found to have the strongest policies in the sector.

Rainforest Action Network Demands Top Financiers Move Away from Coal

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Monday, March 14, 2011

For Immediate Release

Coalition Protests Ambre Energy’s Push for Coal Exports

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Opposition to Dirty Energy Rises in Lead Up to Tim DeChristopher Trial

New Report Finds Bank Carbon Principles Did Not Curb Financing of Coal

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

San Francisco—Today Rainforest Action Network (RAN) released The Principle Matter: Banks, Climate & The Carbon Principles, a new report assessing the impact of the much-lauded 2008 Carbon Principles signed by six of the country’s leading banks. In reviewing bank investment from January 2008 to June of 2010, the report found that there is no evidence that the Carbon Principles stopped or slowed financing to carbon-intensive projects. In addition, the report found that there is no evidence that the Carbon Principles spurred investment in clean energy in greater levels.

Rainforest Action Network Statement on EPA Veto of the Spruce Mine Permit

Release Date: 
Thursday, January 13, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Amanda Starbuck 415-659-0510

Rainforest Action Network Statement on EPA Regional Administrator Recommendation to Veto Spruce Mine Permit

Release Date: 
Friday, October 15, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional administrator, Shawn Garvin, has recommended that his agency veto the Clean Water Act permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia. The Spruce mine is one of the largest mountaintop removal mines ever proposed in Central Appalachia, and would result in the destruction of 2,278 acres of temperate rainforest and the burying of 7.5 miles of streams in the Spruce Fork sub-watershed.
 
Following is a statement by Amanda Starbuck of the Rainforest Action Network (RAN):