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Dept. of Protests: Mountaintop removal edition

Editor's note: Yesterday, activists gathered outside of the EPA's Region III office at 16th and Arch to protest the truly hideous practice called mountaintop removal, in which coal companies literally dynamite mountains to gain easier access to the coal inside. We dispatched intern Emily Currier to the scene; she files this report:

Philadelphia City Paper
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Aboriginal Groups Chastise Royal Bank Canada For Oil-Sands Role

TORONTO (Dow Jones)--Canada's First Nations peoples chastised Royal Bank of Canada (RY) for not doing enough to prevent "an environmental holocaust," at the bank's annual meeting in Toronto Wednesday.

Four aboriginal groups appealed to Canada's biggest bank to use its corporate heft and political influence to stop Enbridge Inc. (ENB) from building a 725-mile pipeline to carry oil from Alberta's tar sands through northern British Columbia to Kitimat, where it would be loaded on tankers for shipment to the U.S. west coast or Asia.

Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Green Groups to Cameron: Be Our King of the Environment

James Cameron: nature filmmaker? It's a title even the director himself — a self-described tree hugger — might not have expected. After all, in his budget-busting moviemaking career, Cameron has engineered a planet-killing nuclear holocaust (The Terminator), created acid-blooded extraterrestrials (Aliens) and made a villain out of an iceberg (Titanic). His latest film, Avatar, the record-setting sci-fi epic filmed mostly with motion-capture cameras and computer graphics, is about as unnatural as a movie can get.

Time Magazine
Sunday, March 7, 2010

La Corte Federal de Nueva York falló contra Ecuador en el caso Chevron

Olga Imbaquingo. Corresponsal en Nueva York y Red. Sociedad

Leonard Sand, juez principal de la Corte Federal del Distrital de Nueva York, desestimó el pedido del Gobierno ecuatoriano y de los afectados de la Amazonia. Estos solicitaron que se suspendiera temporalmente el arbitraje que se sigue en la Corte Permanente de La Haya.

Un proceso de 14 años
El juicio contra la petrolera empezó el 3 de noviembre de 1995. Un grupo de colonos e indígenas afectados presentó una demanda en la Corte del Distrito Sur de Nueva York.

El Comercio
Friday, March 12, 2010

JP Morgan's War on Nature

How the Wall Street darling underwrites environmental Armageddon.

Mother Jones
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Green myths debunked: Carbon Offsets

Myth: Offsets are the answer to climate change.

Reality: There's no such thing as a free lunch.

Well-intentioned companies sometimes buy carbon offsets to compensate for all the CO2 they generate when their employees travel. The money goes to, say, farmers who plant trees that suck up enough carbon to offset all that jet and car exhaust.

But how climate-friendly is this tradeoff? How can you be sure the carbon is actually reduced? Was that tree ever planted? If it was, will it still exist five years from now?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Rainforest Action Network Statement on EPA’s New Guidance for Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (April 1, 2010) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today a major new guidance document that provides the coal industry and coal-state regulators with “clarity” regarding the permitting of mountaintop removal coal mining. This comes just days after the EPA blocked the Clean Water Act permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, the largest mountaintop removal permit in West Virginia history. Following is a statement by Amanda Starbuck of the Rainforest Action Network.

Rainforest Action Network Statement on EPA Veto of Spruce Mine Permit

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Friday, March 26, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (September 10, 2009) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it intends to block the Clean Water Act permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, the largest mountaintop removal permit in West Virginia history. Following is a statement by Amanda Starbuck, Rainforest Action Network’s Global Finance Campaign Director.

Activists Risk Arrest with Elaborate Protest at EPA HQ; Demand Immediate Action to Stop Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

WASHINGTON- In an attempt to further pressure EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to enforce the Clean Water Act and halt mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR), activists early this morning erected two 20-foot-tall, purple tripod structures in front of the agency's headquarters.

Ecuadorean Indigenous Leader Asks CA Lawmakers for Support in Campaign to Demand Chevron Clean Up its Pollution in Amazon

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sacramento, CA – Today, an Indigenous leader from Ecuador is meeting with California legislators and asking for their support in a 16+ year campaign to demand Chevron remediate massive oil contamination affecting over 30,000 people. Emergildo Criollo has traveled from his home in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest region to deliver a direct message to Chevron’s new CEO John Watson, along with more than 325,000 petitions signed by people in over 150 countries, supporting his appeal.