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.

What is Earthalujah, Anyway?

By Annie Sartor, July 6 2011

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What is Earthalujah, Anyway?

RAN friend and ally Reverend Billy recently posted a great video explaining the Church of Earthaluja on YouTube. He describes the Church of Earthaluja and the video like this: Well we gathered in NYC here, and started this ‘Earthalujah Church.’ Why? Well we’re agnostics or what are we — over-cultured — and something about this time [...]

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The Chicago 6 Are Free!

By Annie Sartor, April 21 2011

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The Chicago 6 Are Free!

All six of the activists arrested yesterday at the Crawford coal plant have been released from police custody and are safe and sound — and hopefully resting! While actions can seem glamorous and fun — and they sometimes are — we often forget that sitting and waiting for people to be processed and released from [...]

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Chicago Activists Occupy Local Coal Plant

By Annie Sartor, April 20 2011

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Chicago Activists Occupy Local Coal Plant

This morning six local activists from Chicago climbed over a fence at the Crawford coal plant, scaled a mountain of coal, and unfurled a huge 7′ x 30′ banner reading “Close Chicago’s Toxic Coal Plants.” The toxic Crawford plant operates in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago and is surrounded on all sides by homes, [...]

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What is “Clean” Energy Anyways?

By Annie Sartor, April 12 2011

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What is “Clean” Energy Anyways?

Not natural gas. Researchers at Cornell University just released a study (pdf) that argues that using natural gas for energy actually causes more, not less, greenhouse gas emissions than coal. The reason that natural gas is so greenhouse gas-intensive is because of “fracking,” or hydraulic fracturing, the process required to extract natural gas from far [...]

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New Mountaintop Removal Report Card: Which Banks Made the Grade

By Annie Sartor, April 5 2011

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New Mountaintop Removal Report Card: Which Banks Made the Grade

It’s way past time for the world’s banks to stop funding the wholesale destruction of Appalachia’s ecosystems. Rainforest Action Network and the Sierra Club released the 2011 Mountaintop Removal Report Card today. The report card exposes relationships between 10 of the biggest banks in the world and the top companies practicing mountaintop removal mining in [...]

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Greenwash Alert: Royal Bank of Scotland’s Coal Financing and Climate Week

By Annie Sartor, March 24 2011

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Greenwash Alert: Royal Bank of Scotland’s Coal Financing and Climate Week

Our good friends and allies at Platform, a London-based research group, released a new report earlier this week outlining the Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) extensive investments in the coal industry. Ironically, the day of release also marked the first day of the RBS-sponsored Climate Week in the UK. Platform is using RBS’s involvement in [...]

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What Does Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown Mean for our Energy Future?

By Annie Sartor, March 15 2011

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What Does Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown Mean for our Energy Future?

Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant disaster have dominated headlines around the world since news broke last Friday. Thousands of people have died in Japan over the past few days, and many more are at risk of radiation sickness from the ongoing nuclear power plant meltdown. My heart aches for all of the families in [...]

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Cliffside Coal Plant: An Example of What NOT to Fund

By Annie Sartor, January 20 2011

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Cliffside Coal Plant: An Example of What NOT to Fund

Cliffside is a small town in southern North Carolina with a huge coal plant owned by utility giant Duke Energy at its center. Activists from around the southeast have organized and rallied and protested since a major expansion of the plant began in 2008. Unfortunately, despite the good work of climate activists to stop construction, [...]

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Challenging Green Corporate Power

By Annie Sartor, December 13 2010

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Challenging Green Corporate Power

Last week, the San Francisco Chronicle posted an article about California becoming “the center of renewable power development in the United States” as utility companies work toward the state-mandated 20% by 2010 renewable energy standard. Now that one of the primary goals of California’s landmark climate bill is on track, legislators are setting their sights [...]

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The Credit Crisis Demystified

By Annie Sartor, December 2 2010

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The Credit Crisis Demystified

For those who’d like a better understanding of the credit crisis, check out this great video from crisisofcredit.com

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