San Francisco, CA – CREDO, Rainforest Action Network and the Other 98% announced today their first planned act of civil disobedience as part of the Pledge of Resistance to the Keystone XL pipeline. The organizations have begun recruiting activists to participate in a sit in and risk arrest on Monday, June 17th at the State Department office in Downtown Chicago, IL.
San Francisco, CA – Today, Rainforest Action Network (RAN), Sierra Club and BankTrack released the fourth annual coal finance report card,“Extreme Investments: U.S Banks and the Coal Industry.” The report finds that in 2012 the banking sector financed $20.8 billion for the dirtiest coal companies, even as U.S. coal consumption for power generation fell 11 percent and as mounting scientific evidence confirmed coal’s extreme impact on health and climate change.
CHARLOTTE—Today, Bank of America announced plans to host its Annual shareholder’s meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 8 amid strong opposition to the bank’s ongoing funding of the coal industry, the leading contributor to climate change pollution in the U.S. While the Charlotte-based bank invests heavily in strategies to bolster its green public image, it remains the top financier of the failing U.S. coal industry.
In response to the announcement, Amanda Starbuck, Director of the Energy and Finance Program at Rainforest Action Network issued the following statement:
“Rainforest Action Network (RAN) envisions a world where each generation sustains increasingly healthy forests, where the rights of all communities are respected, and where corporate profits never come at the expense of people or the planet.”
"I think this will stand as one of the biggest market-based campaign successes that we've seen in a long time," says Laurel Sutherlin of the Rainforest Action Network, which, along with Greenpeace and other environmental groups, sp