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Bank of America Bolsters Green Image while Bankrolling U.S. Coal Industry

Release Date: 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

For Immediate Release

August 15, 2012

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SAN FRANCISCO–Today, Bank of America released its 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report that fails to address its most significant environmental impact, coal financing. The bank instead points to internal operational improvements to address sustainability, which contributes a small fraction of emissions to global climate change, in comparison to the bank’s fossil fuel investments.

Commentary: The Rio+20 Earth Summit: A chance to set our planet in the right direction

We are two aging environmentalists with more than 80 years between us spent advocating for a cleaner planet and healthier economy. Even from our well-worn perch, what will be taking place at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil this week has the makings of a potential game changer.

Star-Telegram
Monday, June 18, 2012

Holding Bank of America to account

Last week, activists with the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) climbed 100ft to suspend a banner on Charlotte's Bank of America stadium, where President Obama is scheduled to make his nomination acceptance speech on 6 September. The banner read "Bank of America" with the word "America" crossed out and replaced with "Coal".

RAN is part of a broad coalition fighting the destructive practice of mountaintop removal. RAN executive director Rebecca Tarbotton told me:

The Guardian
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Six arrested at Bank of America protest

Some groups are calling for a moratorium on foreclosures and an increase in loan principal reduction as effects of the mortgage crisis continue. Others decry the bank’s financing of coal energy projects, and still others seek to end corporate political donations.

Organizers have pledged nonviolence. In fact, many of them have gone through workshops or other training on nonviolent protesting, said Amanda Starbuck of the Rainforest Action Network. But they don’t rule out street and sidewalk blockages that could spur police action.

Charlotte Observer
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Occupy Bank of America: Hundreds protest

"We see Bank of America as the worst of the worst," said Amanda Starbuck, a director at the environmental advocacy group Rainforest Action Network, which organized the protests. "There's a lot of momentum around Bank of America."

CNN Money
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Demonstrators targeting BofA annual meeting

Demonstrators are expected to swarm Bank of America Corp's annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday to voice anger over a range of issues from foreclosures to corporate taxes to financing for the coal industry.

Reuters
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Duke, Bank of America protests will test new city rules

The banner that hung briefly from “Bank of Coal” stadium Wednesday was the first of upcoming protests that, four months before the Democratic National Convention, will test Charlotte’s ability to police waves of demonstrators.

Protesters will welcome Duke Energy shareholders at their annual meeting Thursday morning. Organizers say 1,000 activists will be on hand for Bank of America’s shareholder meeting next Wednesday. Another group vows to “occupy” a conservative legislative summit May 11.

Charlotte Observer
Thursday, May 3, 2012

Coal Mining Communities and 99% Rock Bank of America Shareholders’ Meetin

Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Charlotte, NC––The swelling wave of dissatisfaction with Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), both among investors and everyday people, reached a peak today in Charlotte. The historic Bank vs. America protest brought the 99% face to face with the 1% both inside and outside of BOA’s annual shareholders’ meeting today. 99% Power members are available for interviews.

Bank of America sets $50B green lending and business goal

However, at least one environmental group is chastising the bank for not addressing its status as the nation’s largest lender to coal-mining companies.

Charlotte Business Journal
Monday, June 11, 2012

BofA targets $50 billion for energy projects

At the bank's annual meeting in May, Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan said a new environmental commitment was in the works. At the same meeting, Moynihan also faced criticism from environmental activists about the banks' underwriting of bonds for coal companies and utilities that burn coal.

 

Reuters
Tuesday, June 12, 2012