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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2015
THE BLOG OF THE RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK
Tuesday, Jan 23 2018
10 Ways Trump Has Waged War On The Climate, The Environment and Life As We Know It
You knew things were bad, but did you know it was *this* bad? Since the inauguration one year ago, this administration has been a whirlwind...
Wednesday, Dec 20 2017
JPMorgan Chase is in Hot Water and We’re Turning Up The Heat!
Don’t you think it’s wrong for banks to profit off climate change and human rights abuses? We followed the money and found that between 2014-2016,...
Wednesday, Dec 20 2017
Update: Banks Fail Climate & Indigenous Rights Tests by Supporting TransCanada
Read part 1 of this 2-part blog here.   JPMorgan Chase has had quite the last few weeks. Over 3,000 RAN members and allies called...
Thursday, Dec 14 2017
TransCanada, Big Banks and the KXL Pipeline: A Risky Business Trifecta
Read part 2 of this 2-part blog here. Credit Facilities Up for Renewal The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline: It’s an environmental disaster, it’s a...
Monday, Nov 20 2017
If you’ve ever been against KXL, the moment to resist it is NOW
The disastrous Keystone XL pipeline was just granted approval by Nebraska’s Public Service Commission in a 3-2 vote — but the fight’s not over yet!...
Tuesday, Oct 31 2017
Indigenous-led movement #DivestTheGlobe holds banks accountable for funding climate chaos
On October 23rd, ninety-two of the world's largest banks met in São Paolo, Brazil to discuss policies on the climate and Indigenous People's rights to...
Thursday, Sep 28 2017
Coal Power Expansion Plans Slow in Vietnam, But Banks Haven’t Gotten the Memo
This blog was originally published as a case study in Banking on Climate Change: Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card 2017, by RAN, BankTrack, Sierra Club,...
Friday, Sep 8 2017
Peabody Energy — Post-Bankruptcy Business as Usual
This blog was originally published as a case study in Banking on Climate Change: Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card 2017, by RAN, Sierra Club, BankTrack,...
Friday, Sep 1 2017
Keystone XL - No Means No
This blog was originally published as a case study in Banking on Climate Change: Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card 2017, by RAN, BankTrack, Sierra Club,...
Friday, Aug 25 2017
Western Banks Backing Major Coal Plant Expansion Plans in the Philippines
This blog was originally published as a case study in Banking on Climate Change: Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card 2017, by RAN, BankTrack, Sierra Club,...
Friday, Aug 18 2017
Doing “Whatever it Takes” to Stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline
This blog was originally published as a case study in Banking on Climate Change: Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card 2017, by RAN, BankTrack, Sierra Club,...
Thursday, Aug 3 2017
Kinder Morgan on Notice as Activists Blockade Facilities
Twice in the past two weeks, Kinder Morgan facilities in Richmond CA were blockaded and shut down. Rainforest Action Network was excited to partner with...
Wednesday, Jun 21 2017
Your bank is funding extreme fossil fuels. Tell it to stop.
Banks continue to pour billions and billions into the most extreme fossil fuels — pushing us toward climate disaster and trampling on human rights along...
Friday, Jun 9 2017
From Paris to the E.R.: Why climate change matters
I almost died five years ago. I was visiting my partner’s parents in Corpus Christi, Texas, when it became difficult to breathe. Corpus Christi is...
Tuesday, Jun 6 2017
5 Things You Need to Know About Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline
It’s DAPL all over again, and it’s happening right under our nose.  UPDATE: 28 major banks warned not to finance Trans Mountain pipeline expansion This...
Wednesday, May 31 2017
JPMorgan Chase: When Will They Learn?
Here at Rainforest Action Network, we know the sure-fire way to challenge corporate power is to follow the money. Over the last few months our...
Tuesday, May 16 2017
Groups Tell JPMorgan Chase to Defund Tar Sands
May 16, 2017 James Dimon, Chair and CEO JPMorgan Chase & Co. 270 Park Ave. New York, NY 10017 Dear Mr. Dimon, We write to...
Wednesday, May 3 2017
#FloodTrump Makes Waves at the Peoples Climate March
“Resistance is here to stay, welcome to your 100th day!" Activists marked President Trump's 100th day in office with the 2017 Peoples Climate March in...
Thursday, Apr 6 2017
Energy Transfer: Which Banks Continue to Support the Company Behind DAPL?
Just like a homeowner might refinance their mortgage, when a company refinances its debt, it can replace its agreement with the banks with a new...
Friday, Mar 24 2017
Who's Bankrolling TransCanada?
Banking on TransCanada Means Banking on Keystone XL Today, the Trump administration approved TransCanada’s latest permit to build the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline -...
Thursday, Mar 23 2017
The key to stopping Keystone XL? Follow the money
After years of protest and debate resulted in the rejection of the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline under the Obama administration, all expectations are that the...
Thursday, Feb 2 2017
Over 500,000 people tell banks, No DAPL!
We have watched as President Trump indicated he will sign executive orders that will go back on decades of progress; advancing projects like the Dakota Access...
Thursday, Dec 22 2016
Keep it in the Ground Became a National Conversation in 2016!
Dear RAN Supporters, Thank you! In the past year, we made significant steps in keeping fossil fuels in the ground! With your leadership, support and...
Thursday, Nov 3 2016
Wyoming Tells BLM to "Keep it in the Ground" at Oil and Gas Auction
Wyoming Tells BLM to “Keep it in the Ground” at  Oil and Gas Land Auction This past Tuesday, RAN staff and our allies on the...
Thursday, Nov 3 2016
SoCal Tells Obama to "Keep It in the Ground!"
We know that in order to avoid the worst effects of climate change we have to make immediate changes. One of the biggest changes we...
Wednesday, Nov 2 2016
How to Support Standing Rock: A Personal FAQ
Hey folks, my name is Brihannala Morgan and I’m a senior forest campaigner at RAN. While my work mostly involves working directly with Indigenous and...
Thursday, Sep 15 2016
Keep It In the Ground: One Year of Climate Actions and Commitment.
On September 15, 2015, Indigenous and frontline leaders were joined by national environmentalists in Washington, D.C. to deliver a letter from more than 400 organizations...
Monday, Jul 25 2016
Banks Funding the Dirtiest Form of Coal
In Europe, attention on lignite coal, the dirtiest form of coal, is usually focused on Germany, the European Union’s largest economy where, in spite of...
Monday, Jul 25 2016
A Vulture Firm Picks at Appalachia’s Bones
As the future of the U.S. coal mining industry darkens, one upstart vulture firm has snapped up several mines from distressed coal giants. Founded in...
Thursday, Jul 21 2016
You spoke — we’re making sure U.S. Ex-Im is listening
On Earth Day, we asked you to tell the U.S. Export-Import Bank to stay far away from two proposed coal plants in Bangladesh. Yesterday, we...
Thursday, Jul 14 2016
A Shared Vision on How to Change the Course
“What would it look like if we won the battle against climate change?” RAN attempted to answer this question through Change the Course, a people-powered approach...
Tuesday, Jul 12 2016
Indonesia’s Bid for Coal Expansion
Over the past decade, Indonesia has undergone a major coal mining boom. The country has now announced plans to secure a market for its own...
Tuesday, Jul 12 2016
The Posterchild of Destructive Coal Power in South Asia
The Sundarbans mangrove forest is a UNESCO World Heritage site shared by Bangladesh and India. A joint venture between the two countries’ national electricity providers...
Friday, Jul 1 2016
Tell UNESCO: protect the Sundarbans and the Bengal tiger
The United Nations has recognized the Sundarbans in Bangladesh — the world’s largest mangrove forest and safe haven for endangered species like the Bengal tiger...
Friday, Apr 22 2016
Tell the Obama administration: Don’t help Big Coal wreck the world’s largest mangrove forest!
Today, Earth Day, Secretary of State John Kerry signs the Paris climate agreement, confirming the United States’ commitment to address global climate change. At the...
Thursday, Dec 10 2015
The Biggest Climate Story You’re Probably Not Following
As leaders of the world’s largest economies gather at the global climate negotiations in Paris, there’s an ongoing climate emergency unfolding in Indonesia that demands...
Wednesday, Dec 9 2015
COP 21: Don’t Ignore the Background (Part 1)
  Riot police van at sunset, COP 21 in Le Bourget, France   Introduction: Glimpses of the Background at COP 21   The start of...
Wednesday, Dec 2 2015
5 Things to Know: Why Big Banks Still Haven’t Passed the Coal Test
Rainforest Action Network released a new report today about the big banks profiting off of coal. Here are five things you need to know from...
Wednesday, Dec 2 2015
Wall Street is listening — banks must drop coal!
In just six months, four of the six biggest U.S. banks have committed to cut financing for coal mining: Bank of America, Citi, Morgan Stanley...
Monday, Nov 30 2015
BREAKING: Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo are cutting coal mining financing!
Great news today. As a result of your actions this fall, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo announced they’re cutting financing for the global coal industry!...
Wednesday, Nov 25 2015
Keystone XL belongs in a museum
Three weeks ago, the climate movement forced the rejection of Keystone XL, with President Obama turning down the pipeline after seven years of activist pressure.1 The...
Saturday, Nov 21 2015
Coal India: You spoke, Wall Street listened!
Good news this week! On Coal India, you spoke—and Wall Street listened. U.S. banks stayed away from the deal! Back in September, we asked for...
Thursday, Nov 19 2015
Morgan Stanley Drop Coal Petitions Delivered Coast to Coast
Today began with a national call in to Morgan Stanley global headquarters and culminated in the delivery of petitions at 15 Morgan Stanley locations from...
Thursday, Nov 12 2015
Protesters Tell Feds to “Keep it in the Ground” at Colorado Oil and Gas Auction
For Immediate Release, November 12, 2015   Contact:        Micah Parkin, 350 Colorado, (504) 258-1247Pauline Reetz, Audubon Society of Greater Denver, (303) 973-9530, (303)...
Wednesday, Nov 11 2015
When We Fight, We F*** Shit Up: Keystone XL and Delegitimizing Fossil Fuels
cross-posted from Counterpunch "At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the...
Tuesday, Nov 10 2015
Paris, we have a problem – help end bank financing of coal before the UN climate summit
Guest post from Catalina von Hildebrand, BankTrack RAN supporters have heard about the changes underway at the top US banks when it comes to their...
Friday, Nov 6 2015
BREAKING: Keystone XL is history
Today, you made history. After a seven-year fight, President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all.1 It's you—and the rest of the movement...
Thursday, Nov 5 2015
PUBLIC LANDS CLEARANCE SALE: Happening now!
On Tuesday, I sat in a half-empty ballroom in a Holiday Inn in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and watched oil companies buy up 60,000 acres of wild land...
Wednesday, Nov 4 2015
Stop the sale of our public lands
Yesterday in Wyoming, some of the world's richest dirty energy companies bought up 76,000 acres of public lands to mine, drill and frack for private...
Tuesday, Nov 3 2015
This Is Getting Ridiculous. Obama, Stop The Delay and Reject KXL Now!
This is getting ridiculous. The ongoing saga of Keystone took another twist yesterday as Canadian oil giant TransCanada attempted to weasel their way out of...
Friday, Oct 30 2015
Tell President Obama: It's Past Time to Reject Keystone XL
For seven long years, everyday people in Canada, the United States and other parts of the world have fought to stop the Keystone XL pipeline....
Monday, Oct 12 2015
Indigenous Peoples' Day: Demand federal recognition for the Houma people
The United Houma Nation of Southern Louisiana are on the front lines of oil extraction in the Gulf Coast, and on the front lines of climate...
Monday, Oct 5 2015
Citigroup Takes a Step Away From Banking Coal
Earlier today, Citigroup, the parent company of Citibank, committed to take a significant, though partial step away from banking coal. The company updated its environmental...
Wednesday, Sep 30 2015
Rally at Morgan Stanley: Stop Cashing in on Coal!
Last week, we launched our campaign to pressure Morgan Stanley to stop cashing in on coal.1 Thanks to your action, we have their attention. Now it’s...
Monday, Sep 28 2015
Public Lands, Private Profits: Five Things You Need to Know
Rainforest Action Network released a new report today about the dirty energy corporations that are profiting from the broken public lands fossil fuel leasing system...
Monday, Sep 28 2015
Tell President Obama: Public lands are not for private profits
America’s public lands are being sold at bargain prices for oil, coal and gas extraction — making the world’s wealthiest companies richer, and making the...
Tuesday, Sep 22 2015
Tell Morgan Stanley: Stop Cashing in on Coal
We’re three months away from the crucial Paris climate conference, and some major U.S. banks have been taking the lead and committing to get out...
Tuesday, Sep 22 2015
Five Reasons Why Morgan Stanley is RAN’s Next Target Bank on Coal Finance
Today, RAN announced our next bank target on coal financing: Morgan Stanley. With Bank of America and Credit Agricole already taking major steps away from...
Friday, Sep 18 2015
Taking Back Our Power
Electric utilities aren’t moving as fast as we need them to in phasing out fossil fuel use. Even when almost nine out of ten Americans...
Wednesday, Sep 16 2015
Who Needs to "Fear the Walking Dead" When California Has Its Own Climate Apocalypse?
“The world runs on fossil fuel. I mean, how stupid is that?” — Dr. Edwin Jenner, The Walking Dead (Season 1, Episode 6) Apocalypse (a·poc·a·lypse) (/əˈpäkəˌlips/), noun. ...
Tuesday, Sep 15 2015
Tell President Obama: No More Coal, Oil and Gas Leases on Public Lands
President Obama wants to establish a serious climate legacy, and he’s taken some important steps. But at the same time, the president is facilitating an...
Monday, Sep 14 2015
Tell big banks: Don’t cash in on Coal India
In the next week, Coal India, the world’s biggest coal company, is trying to cash in with a big share offering — despite a long...
Thursday, Sep 10 2015
5 Times Labor and the Environmental Movement Fought Together
When the health of our environment is compromised, the health of people is too. Often times the same bad actors that exploit our environment also...
Sunday, Sep 6 2015
Teamsters & Turtles: An On-Again, Off-Again Relationship
“You cannot seriously address the destruction of wilderness without addressing the society that is destroying it." — Judi Bari, Earth First!er, Wobbly, organizer and agitator “Hungry...
Friday, Aug 28 2015
Katrina Plus Ten: Climate Justice in Action
How time flies.  It is hard to believe it has already been ten years since Hurricane Katrina made devastating landfall on the Gulf Coast. When...
Friday, Aug 21 2015
What Climate Justice Means to Me
“With the support of good people and the resilience of brave people, it seems like anything can be accomplished. Sustain the Nine.” — the late Pamela...
Friday, Aug 21 2015
Shutting down a coal mine on the road through Paris
By Morten Thaysen. Cross-posted from the Global Justice Now blog. Pictures by 350.org.  The view is breath-taking and strangely beautiful as we reach the edge...
Friday, Aug 14 2015
I didn’t used to think about the future
Image: Youth of Oceti Sakowin calling on President Barrack Obama to reject the Keystone Pipeline in March 2015.   August 29th marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina's...
Friday, Aug 14 2015
Coal Finance Case Study: Coal Megaprojects Put the Great Barrier Reef and Indigenous Communities at Risk
As part of RAN's work to call on banks to commit to the Paris Pledge and end financing for coal and coal-fired power prior to the Paris...
Monday, Aug 3 2015
Coal Finance Case Study: FirstEnergy's Failed Bet on Coal Power
As part of RAN's work to call on banks to commit to the Paris Pledge and end financing for coal and coal-fired power prior to the Paris...
Tuesday, Jul 21 2015
Bank of America’s Coal Policy: A Bold Challenge to U.S. Banks on Climate
Last month, Bank of America published its 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which addressed the bank’s financing policies and practices in detail. This blog post...
Thursday, Jul 16 2015
Coal Finance Case Study: Putting Communities and a World Heritage Site at Risk for a New Power Plant
    As part of RAN's work to call on banks to commit to the Paris Pledge and end financing for coal and coal-fired power prior to...
Tuesday, May 26 2015
Stop the fossil fuel industry's vision of the future
Today, we’re launching a new project to envision a climate-stable future — and brainstorm the strategies to make that vision a reality. Will you help...
Wednesday, May 6 2015
BREAKING: Bank of America dumps coal mining
After years of pressure on Bank of America, they just announced a new coal mining policy: “Our new policy … reflects our decision to continue...
Wednesday, May 6 2015
Bank of America Campaign Timeline
Bank of America has gone from being the top bankroller of coal to having the strongest global coal mining policy of any major global bank....
Monday, Apr 20 2015
Tell President Obama: No More Public Lands and Waters Giveaways
Five years ago today, BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, killing eleven people and sending some 210 million barrels of oil flooding into the Gulf...
Wednesday, Apr 15 2015
Gulf Residents Occupy BP HQ Ahead of Gulf Oil Disaster 5-Year Mark
A group of Gulf Coast residents staged a sit-in style occupation this morning inside the main entrance to BP’s Houston headquarters. The activists said this...
Tuesday, Apr 7 2015
Barclays MTR background memo
Tuesday, Mar 31 2015
Tweet to protect the Great Barrier Reef
The U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank wants to finance a huge coal project that would put Australia’s Great Barrier Reef at risk. We are calling on...
Tuesday, Mar 24 2015
New RAN fracking policy
Rainforest Action Network supports a ban (1) on hydraulic fracturing (2) for oil and gas. The best available research indicates that a ban on fracking,...
Friday, Feb 27 2015
Guest Blog: Patrick Robbins, Sane Energy Project
The message below comes to you from Patrick Robbins, an ally and activist working to promote wind power for Long Island's energy future for the...
Wednesday, Feb 4 2015
Make a call to protect the Great Barrier Reef
Last week we sent a strong statement with petitions to the U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank, telling them to stay away from the Great Barrier Reef coal...
Wednesday, Jan 28 2015
Don’t let Big Coal destroy the Great Barrier Reef
Thanks to your pressure, several of the world’s largest banks have said “no” to financing a huge coal project that would put Australia’s Great Barrier...
Wednesday, Jan 14 2015
The #NoKXL Movement Shows Up in Force
Yesterday the movement to stop Keystone XL showed up in force once again, with thousands of you coming together at 158 events in all 50...
Wednesday, Jan 14 2015
San Francisco Rallies to Reject Keystone XL
Last night, as part of a day of action that saw events in all fifty states, 300 Bay Area #NoKXL activists rallied in front of...
Saturday, Jan 10 2015
Mobilize to Reject Keystone XL
After yesterday’s Nebraska Supreme Court decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, the ball is back in President Obama’s court. It’s time for him to reject...
Friday, Jan 9 2015
One Year Ago Today: West Virginia’s Coal Industry Water Crisis
On January 9th, 2014, over 10,000 gallons of the coal washing chemical MCHM spilled from tanks owned by Freedom Industries on the banks of the...
Wednesday, Jan 7 2015
President Obama: Reject Keystone XL Once and For All
Yesterday was a watershed moment in our fight to stop Keystone XL. Following weeks of criticism of the pipeline from President Obama, the White House...
Friday, Dec 26 2014
2014 in Review: That Time We Flooded Wall Street
People gonna rise with the water,We're gonna calm this crisis down,I hear the voice of my great grand-daughter,Saying "shut down Wall Street now!" I’m really...
Friday, Dec 26 2014
2014 in Review: Big Banks Ditch Mountaintop Removal Coal
In 2014, leading global banks began to turn away from financing mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining. For years, RAN and other organizations in Appalachia and...
Wednesday, Dec 24 2014
2014 in Review: Goldman Sachs Sacks Coal Terminal Investment
Your voice was heard. For communities of the Pacific Northwest, 2014 started off with some good news. On January 7, Goldman Sachs sold off its share...
Thursday, Nov 13 2014
Southern Forests Aren't Fuel
Big energy corporations are clearcutting forests throughout the Southeast United States, chopping the trees into pellets and shipping them to Europe to be burned for...
Friday, Oct 31 2014
World’s Top Coal-Financing Banks Still Won’t Touch Abbot Point
      This week, BankTrack launched their latest report on the top coal-financing banks in the world. The ranking, topped by JPMorgan Chase and...
Tuesday, Oct 28 2014
Tell Bank of America: Don't Finance the Destruction of the Great Barrier Reef
The coal industry is trying to move forward with a deal that would threaten Australia’s treasured Great Barrier Reef and turbocharge climate change—but they can’t...