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VIDEO: Mountaintop Removal is an American Tragedy

Mountaintop removal is an American tragedy. Plain and simple. The practice destroys hundreds of Appalachian mountains, contaminates drinking water and sacrifices America's communities for small seams of coal. That's exactly what actress and RAN ally Susan Sarandon has to say in our new video on mountaintop removal coal mining: [youtube XyzwCKoLhDo 550] This week, hundreds have convened in our nation's capitol for "Week in Washington" to call on Congress to end mountaintop removal coal mining. In RAN fashion, we are taking this message to the top financiers of the devastating mining practice with a video we think they can't ignore. A RAN report released today has found that Citi, PNC, Deutsche Bank and UBS are the leading financiers of mountaintop mining. They are the ATMs for coal operators and play a pivotal role in stopping the practice before it starts. [caption id="attachment_12541" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Click image to send this video to bank CEOs."]Mountaintop Removal: An American Tragedy[/caption] Watch this incredible video and send it to bank CEOs today. This firsthand footage will show banks exactly what they are funding when they choose to do business with MTR coal companies. As Ms. Sarandon says, "Mountaintop removal is an American tragedy... An unnecessary, outdated practice with no place in our clean energy future." It is time banks stop funding mountaintop removal mining and start funding our future.

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