North Carolinians Act against Coal

Written by Ananda

Topics: Coal, Finance

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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.

Earth First & Rising Tide claimed responsibility for these banners.

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.

2 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Kenneth Bravehawk says:

    I bank at Bank of America, and I am very distessed at the notion that my bank is supporting the coal industry. Coal is NOT a clean energy source and should be banned. We need to seek alternative sources of energy. It is sad that our government cannot or will not pursue this.

  2. Ananda says:

    Hi Kenneth,

    Please do let your bank know of your concerns – every word and action counts. You can contact your branch directly, or send a message to the bank CEOs at: http://ga3.org/campaign/coal_banks

    When enough people demand change, both government and corporations will have to comply.

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