From Appalachia to London, Barclays Bank Takes Heat for Coal Financing

From Appalachia to London, Barclays Bank Takes Heat for Coal Financing

There is nothing quite like giving one of world’s biggest banks a bad day. A bad week is even better. Today, protestors swamped Barclays’ annual shareholder meeting in London, calling out all sorts of nefarious deeds committed by the bank: speculating on food prices, supporting tax havens, ridiculous executive bonuses and its outrageous financing of [...]

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I’m Visiting Barclays Bank and I Need You to Back Me Up

I’m Visiting Barclays Bank and I Need You to Back Me Up

This is a guest post by Paul Corbit Brown, president, Keeper of the Mountains. Tomorrow, I’m visiting Barclays and I need you to back me up. In 2013 Barclays gave $550 million in financial support, more than any other bank, to companies destroying my home of central Appalachia with mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR). That’s [...]

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Why join me to protect our climate? Because it’s worth it!

Why join me to protect our climate? Because it’s worth it!

This op-ed by actor Chris Noth was originally printed in Metro on Monday, April 21. I’m not too big to admit that climate change terrifies me. These days, I’ve had to wonder whether our atmosphere will withstand what we’re pumping into it, whether the natural systems that we’ve relied on to sustain life on this [...]

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It’s Your Turn PepsiCo: Time to Take the Conflict Palm Oil Challenge

It’s Your Turn PepsiCo: Time to Take the Conflict Palm Oil Challenge

This week marks an exciting turning point in the ambitious international effort to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil connected to rainforest destruction, human rights abuses and climate pollution from our food supply. Thanks to the hard work and consumer pressure created by RAN supporters and our allies – that’s you, dear reader – the palm oil [...]

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Barclays: The Biggest Banker of Mountaintop Removal Coal

Barclays: The Biggest Banker of Mountaintop Removal Coal

This year’s grades for the banks that finance the worst coal companies are in, and they’re not pretty. Financing companies that use mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining practices puts communities, the environment, and bank shareholders at risk. But last year, several banks continued to hand billions of dollars to top producers of mountaintop removal coal–earning [...]

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Top Quotes from Today’s Keystone News

Top Quotes from Today’s Keystone News

We’ve had our eyes glued to the news on the Keystone XL pipeline delay all day. Here are some of the responses from different sides of the issue that we found most informative, inspiring and even entertaining. I’m not sure we can interpret the tealeaves on what today’s news means for the outcome of the [...]

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What Today’s Keystone Pipeline Delay Means For You

What Today’s Keystone Pipeline Delay Means For You

If you’ve been glued to the emerging news on the Keystone XL pipeline like the RAN team has today then you already know that a final decision on this disastrous extreme energy project has been further delayed. Today, the Obama administration extended the review period on the pipeline to ostensibly give agencies more time to [...]

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Extreme Coal – No Longer Business as Usual

Extreme Coal – No Longer Business as Usual

For the first time since we began publishing coal finance report cards five years ago, we have an encouraging trend to report: Major banks have begun making noise about the growing financial risk associated with climate change—and specifically associated with coal, the top global contributor to carbon pollution. On top of that, major banks have [...]

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Decentralized Actions Ready to Stop Keystone XL

Decentralized Actions Ready to Stop Keystone XL

The campaign to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has become a watershed moment in confronting climate change and fossil fuel extraction. So far, more than 94,000 people have signed the Pledge of Resistance, committing to risk arrest, if necessary, to stop the approval of Keystone XL. Since last summer, I’ve been part of [...]

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Breakthrough: JPMorgan Chase Dropping Mountain Destruction

Breakthrough: JPMorgan Chase Dropping Mountain Destruction

This could be the tipping point for the horrific practice of Mountaintop Removal coal mining. Just this week, JPMorgan Chase updated its environmental policy, revealing that it will be ending financial relationships with Mountaintop Removal coal mining companies. Wells Fargo and BNP Paribas/Bank of the West have recently taken similar steps. If the other major [...]

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