This morning, the EPA announced limits on carbon pollution from power plants. That's a welcome step in fighting climate change—and it wouldn't have happened without communities speaking out against coal plants. Here at RAN, we're proud of the role our network of friends and activists has played in building pressure over the last several years.
Stop TXU! Activists stage protests against financial institutions linked to Texas utility company TXU’s controversial plans to build 11 new coal-fired power plants as part of an expansion strategy that would make it the single largest corporate greenhouse gas emitter in the Unites States. Winter 2007. Photo: Andrew Stern.
University of Kentucky Fossil Fools Day. Students raise a wind turbine atop a coal mound as part of an action for Fossil Fools Day at University of Kentucky. April 1, 2008.
Wise Coal Action. Virginia residents and anti-coal activists form a blockade to disrupt the construction of Dominion's Wise County Coal-Fired Power Plant. September 2008.
Capitol Climate Action. Thousands of activists surround the Capitol Coal Plant in Washington DC to demand its retirement. March 2009.
Duke Energy's Cliffside Coal Plant. RAN activists holding a banner in front of Duke Energy's Cliffside coal plant in Cliffside, North Carolina. The banner action coincided with the release a new report, The Principle Matter: Banks, Climate & The Carbon Principles. January 2011.
Crawford Coal Plant Banner. 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." April 2011.
Stand with Pat: Tell BofA to Stop Funding Coal. Grandmothers Pat Moore and Beth Henry and seven others were arrested outside of four different Bank of America branches in Charlotte, NC delivering a simple yet urgent message to the bank: they must STOP funding coal. November 2012. Photo: © Paul Corbit Brown.
Activists across North Carolina took action against Bank of America’s dirty coal financing.
In the early hours of commuter traffic, Raleigh commuters encountered banners at key thoroughfares – reminding them that “Coal Ain’t Clean”, and that Bank of America continues to finance the coal industry, including Mountaintop Removal coal mining and dirty coal power companies like Duke Energy.
Later in the day, folks in Wilmington joined Raleigh, as activists went around both cities shutting down dozens of Bank of America ATM machines with global warming crime scene tape.
Even Bank of America Headquarters in Charlotte were not spared on this day, as a group of activists left the bank a gift inside the HQ building – a banner suspended from scores of helium balloons, with the message “Stop Banking on Climate Change”.
A number of public interest groups around Charlotte, North Carolina, have been campaigning against Duke Energy’s plans to build an 800 MW Coal power expansion to their Cliffside facility. Bank of America is one of the primary financiers of Duke. Like many other swing states that turned color on Nov 4th, it appears the color of public opinion on coal in North Carolina may be turning as well.