Posts By Amanda Starbuck

Amanda Starbuck - who has written 124 posts on Rainforest Action Network Blog.

Amanda Starbuck directs RAN’s Energy & Finance Programs, challenging large banks to stop funding the world's most destructive industries and start funding renewable energy. Amanda can be found on Twitter: @Starbuck

What Today’s Keystone Pipeline Delay Means For You

By Amanda Starbuck, April 18 2014

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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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Breakthrough: JPMorgan Chase Dropping Mountain Destruction

By Amanda Starbuck, April 13 2014

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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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Dare to Win – The Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance

By Amanda Starbuck, March 9 2014

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Dare to Win – The Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance

We are changing the world. When the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline was proposed five years ago, it could have just been one more energy project green-lighted by Washington D.C. But the massive pipeline would increase tar sands oil development beyond what is acceptable for a safe climate, and could poison drinking water for millions [...]

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The EPA Can, And Should, End the Construction of New Coal Plants

By Amanda Starbuck, March 4 2014

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The EPA Can, And Should, End the Construction of New Coal Plants

Are you as fed up as I am about the coal industry’s license to pollute? On January 9, coal cleaning chemicals leaked into West Virginia’s Elk River and poisoned the drinking water of 300,000 people. Since February 2, millions of gallons of toxic coal ash have leaked from a Duke Energy coal plant into North Carolina’s [...]

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New Keystone XL Review Acknowledges Significant Climate Impact

By Amanda Starbuck, February 1 2014

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New Keystone XL Review Acknowledges Significant Climate Impact

Today we moved a step closer to discovering what President Obama’s true climate legacy will be, when the State Department released the final, supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the highly controversial Keystone XL pipeline. You can read the full report here. While the assessment covers a range of concerning issues: including impacts on water [...]

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West Virginia Chemical Leak Poisons 300,000 Peoples’ Water Supply

By Amanda Starbuck, January 13 2014

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West Virginia Chemical Leak Poisons 300,000 Peoples’ Water Supply

Since last Thursday’s toxic spill, when a coal-processing chemical spilled into West Virginia’s Elk River, roughly 300,000 people have lost access to tap water. Our friends at groups like OVEC, Keepers of the Mountain, Coal River Mountain Watch and Aurora Lights are volunteering and working long days to  drive clean water supplies to desparate and [...]

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Goldman Sachs Sacks Coal Export Investment

By Amanda Starbuck, January 10 2014

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Goldman Sachs Sacks Coal Export Investment

This year got off to a good start when Goldman Sachs withdrew its investment in the dirtiest coal project on the west coast by selling off its equity investment in Carrix, the parent company of SSA Marine, which was behind a colossal coal export terminal proposal near Bellingham, Washington. The move comes after coal companies [...]

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Walmart: King of Greenwash

By Amanda Starbuck, November 13 2013

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Walmart: King of Greenwash

This week I have watched in horror as one of the most powerful storms ever recorded slammed into the Philippines. Fueled by a warming ocean, Typhoon Haiyan has killed an estimated 10,000 people, while hundreds of thousands have been displaced. It’s a stark reminder that climate change is happening now, that we need to act [...]

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Banks Move to Measure Their True Climate Impacts

By Amanda Starbuck, October 29 2013

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Banks Move to Measure Their True Climate Impacts

The banking sector has a huge influence on climate change. Behind every energy carbon-emitting utility, fossil fuel company and infrastructure project you will find a complex web of financing: from underwriting and loans, to advisory services and asset management. For the last decade, our team at RAN has been challenging banks to take responsibility and [...]

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Coal India Threatens Communities and Forests

By Amanda Starbuck, August 22 2013

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Coal India Threatens Communities and Forests

This summer, the RAN energy team has been casting our eyes around the globe and researching the impact that coal mining is having on deforestation. One of the regions that we are most concerned about is in India, where more than 1.1million hectares of forest are threatened by the expansion of open-pit coal mining. Open-pit [...]

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