WASHINGTON—Today, the Obama Administration requested a 12-18 month review for the Keystone XL pipeline, dealing the project a critical, and potentially fatal, blow. The controversial project has seen rising opposition from landowners and environmentalists including a 12,000-person protest at the White House just last Sunday.
Rainforest Action Network Executive Director, Rebecca Tarbotton, issued the following response:
Today Rainforest Action Network (RAN) urged the City of San Francisco to cut ties with Bank of America, calling for the city to review its contracts with Bank of America next spring when the city re-opens bidding for its service agreements. As the Occupy movement exposes the current public anger with banks, Bank of America has risen as one of the most distrusted in the country.
One day in early September, some dozen Democratic activists showed up at the Washington state headquarters of Obama for America, the President’s re-election campaign organization in Seattle. They cornered the state director, Dustin Lambro, and called on the President to block TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would bring crude oil from the Alberta oil sands through the U.S. Midwest to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas, potentially doubling exports of oil sands crude to the U.S. “It’s not an issue I know much about,” Lambro said. So the activists gave him an earful.
Two Girl Scouts have earned their merit badge in effecting social change.
Madison Vorva, 16, and Rhiannon Tomtishen, 15, of Michigan started a campaign five years ago urging the Girl Scouts of America to stop using palm oil in its cookies, the Wall Street Journal reports. Now, the company will tell bakers to use as little of the oil as possible, purchase GreenPalm certificates and will try to switch to sustainable oil by 2015.
A five-year campaign by two Michigan girls to make Girl Scout cookies more environmentally friendly has prompted the youth organization to curb the use of palm oil in its iconic baked goods.
Girl Scouts of the USA isn't eliminating the ingredient, but it says that beginning with the 2012-13 cookie season, each box will include a GreenPalm logo as a symbol of Girl Scouts' commitment to address concerns about the deforestation of sensitive lands caused by production of palm oil.
Marathon Sponsor Accused of Financing Pollution of Chicago’s Air
CHICAGO—This weekend when 45,000 runners join the Bank of America-funded Chicago marathon, the route will take them past one of the city’s dirtiest and most controversial coal plants, the Midwest Generation Fisk plant, which is also financed by the bank. The environmental group Rainforest Action Network has found that just last year Bank of America provided $66 million in financing to Edison International and its subsidiary Midwest Generation.
CHICAGO—Today, dozens of environmental and economic justice activists with Rainforest Action Network and Stand Up! Chicago joined the Chicago marathon to call attention to the marathon’s main sponsor, Bank of America’s, reckless economic and environmental practices. In particular, the bank’s role as a leading financier of the city’s two controversial coal plants, Fisk and Crawford. The route for today’s marathon takes this year’s 45,000 runners directly past the Fisk coal plant in Pilsen.
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)
Rainforest Action Network and Amazon Watch Statement
NEW YORK—Yesterday, a US court dealt Chevron a severe blow after lifting a ban on an $18bn judgment against the oil giant for contaminating the Amazon. A New York appeals court vacated a lower court's order that had blocked Ecuadorean plaintiffs from collecting money in a long-running lawsuit over pollution in their Amazon rainforest home.
In February, a judge in Ecuador ruled that Chevron should pay to clean up contamination in the oil fields where Texaco, bought by Chevron in 2001, once worked.