Posts By Annie Sartor

Annie Sartor - who has written 97 posts on Rainforest Action Network Blog.

Annie Sartor is a Campaigner for RAN’s Global Finance team. Annie’s work includes researching bank investments in the coal industry as well as organizing and mobilizing activists around the United States to demand that the world’s biggest banks adopt policies that are consistent with human rights and environmental protection best practices.

Huge Victory in Chicago

By Annie Sartor, February 29 2012

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Huge Victory in Chicago

I just got word today that the City of Chicago has struck a deal with Midwest Generation and plans to close its two dirty coal-fired power plants: the Fisk plant by December and the Crawford plant by the end of 2014. This is a tremendous victory for the communities that have been fighting for clean [...]

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Massey’s Parent Company Accepts Financial Responsibility For Upper Big Branch Disaster

By Annie Sartor, December 7 2011

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Massey’s Parent Company Accepts Financial Responsibility For Upper Big Branch Disaster

No amount of money will bring back the 29 men who died because of Massey Energy’s gross disregard for safety, but hopefully this will help their families start to feel a sense of justice. According to the Charleston Gazette: “Alpha Natural Resources will spend $200 million on fines, victim restitution and mine safety improvements to [...]

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Reverend Billy Is Free!

By Annie Sartor, October 27 2011

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Reverend Billy Is Free!

We just got this update from Reverend Billy of the Church of Earthalujah: Reverend Billy has been acquitted of all charges for last year’s action on Buy Nothing Day at UBS in New York City. During the action, the Stop Shopping Choir dressed as angels in flowing white robes and wings, filled the lobby, and [...]

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Calling Out Bank Of America’s Race To Pollute Chicago

By Annie Sartor, October 9 2011

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Calling Out Bank Of America’s Race To Pollute Chicago

Bank of America is sponsoring the Chicago marathon. Which is ironic, because Bank of America is also a leading financier of the Fisk coal-fired power plant in the Chicago community of Pilsen. The marathon runs right past the Fisk plant. In other words, Bank of America is lending its name to an event that promotes [...]

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How Did the Banks Get So Weak, Anyway?

By Annie Sartor, September 19 2011

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How Did the Banks Get So Weak, Anyway?

A great article from Forbes appeared in my Google alerts last week and I had to share. The article begins as yet another article describing the sad state of affairs at big US banks, namely Bank of America and Citi. The article goes on, however, to give a refreshingly short and simple explanation of how [...]

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VIDEO: Bank Of America CEO Brian Moynihan Dodges Coal Question

By Annie Sartor, September 12 2011

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VIDEO: Bank Of America CEO Brian Moynihan Dodges Coal Question

Early this morning, Bank of America‘s CEO Brian Moynihan presented to the Barclays Capital conference in Manhattan. Moynihan outlined his bank’s strategy to emerge from the credit crisis as “not the biggest bank, but the best bank.”  The presentation was refreshingly straightforward in addressing the many  challenges that Bank of America faces, which was fitting [...]

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Bank Of America, The Bank Of Coal

By Annie Sartor, July 28 2011

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Bank Of America, The Bank Of Coal

Bank of America is the biggest bank in the United States and the sixth largest in the world. With over $2 trillion in assets, branches is 43 states, nearly 300,000 employees, and expanding operations in Asia, Europe the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Canada, the scale and reach of Bank of America’s business is [...]

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Rev. Billy Exorcises BP from London’s Tate Modern

By Annie Sartor, July 22 2011

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Rev. Billy Exorcises BP from London’s Tate Modern

This just in from Reverend Billy: A coalition of earth activist groups including Art Not Oil, Climate Rush, UK Tar Sands Coalition and Liberate Tate recently approached the Church of Earthalujah to “EXORCISE BP” from the Tate Modern museum in central London. The results were astonishing! British Petroleum, or BP, is a contributor to the [...]

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Bank Of America’s Shirking Responsibility Statement

By Annie Sartor, July 21 2011

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Bank Of America’s Shirking Responsibility Statement

Last week, Bank of America released its 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. It is more accurately described as “Bank of America’s 2010 Shirking Responsibility Report,” however. The document, titled “Opportunity in Motion,” is  87 pages of information about how the company conducts global business and holds itself accountable to “customers, employees, shareholders and communities,” according [...]

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Who’s Bankrolling AEP, the Coal Company Lobbying for More Coal?

By Annie Sartor, July 8 2011

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Who’s Bankrolling AEP, the Coal Company Lobbying for More Coal?

American Electric Power Company, more commonly known as AEP, has been in the news lately. The banks providing funds to this dirty energy purveyor haven’t received as much scrutiny, however. Let’s fix that, shall we? Earlier this month, AEP announced that upcoming EPA clean air regulations (which have now been announced) may mean that the [...]

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