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Bank of America’s New Corporate Social Responsibility Report Defends Business-as-Usual on Coal

By Ben Collins, June 24 2013

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Bank of America’s New Corporate Social Responsibility Report Defends Business-as-Usual on Coal

This morning, Bank of America released its 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, which falls well short of committing to the serious action we need from banks on climate change. Just ahead of the president’s climate speech tomorrow, which is anticipated to set reductions for emissions from existing power plants, it is disappointing to find [...]

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Charlotte Teach-In: “We can no longer afford to stand still like we’re not a part of this planet.”

By Ben Collins, May 8 2013

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Charlotte Teach-In: “We can no longer afford to stand still like we’re not a part of this planet.”

Last night, Saint Matthew’s Catholic Church in Charlotte graciously hosted a panel discussion on “Communities and Coal.” We were lucky to hear from panelists from communities impacted by coal in Appalachia and the Pacific Northwest, as well as from experts on the health consequences of climate change and the growing impacts of coal on communities [...]

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The “Revolt of the Golden Toads” Bay Area Tour!

By Guest, April 30 2013

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The “Revolt of the Golden Toads” Bay Area Tour!

A guest blog post by Reverend Billy, leader of the Church of Stop Shopping, an activist performance group based in New York City The Church of Stop Shopping returns to New York now, after a week in the Bay Area.  A highlight:  we launched the “Extinction Resurrection” campaign at the front doors and inside the big banks that finance climate disruption. [...]

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Extreme Investments: 2013 Coal Finance Report Card

By Ben Collins, April 29 2013

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Extreme Investments: 2013 Coal Finance Report Card

Today, RAN, Sierra Club, and BankTrack launched our 2013 Coal Finance Report Card. This year’s report, entitled “Extreme Investments: U.S. Banks and the Coal Industry” evaluates the largest U.S. banks in terms of their financing of companies engaged in coal extraction, transport, and combustion. As our title indicates, coal has become an extreme investment. Long [...]

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Playing Nice In The Sandbox: Feds Try To Inimidate Texas Climate Activists

By Scott Parkin, April 20 2012

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Playing Nice In The Sandbox: Feds Try To Inimidate Texas Climate Activists

I’ve been organizing campaigns and non-violent direct actions for a long time. Over ten years now. Most of the time, I hear stories about the screwed up things our government and corporations do and I take it in stride. Every once in a while, something pops and it gets under my skin. A lot. Case [...]

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EPA Rejects Palm Oil: Good News for Indonesian Rainforests

By Chelsea Matthews, February 2 2012

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EPA Rejects Palm Oil: Good News for Indonesian Rainforests

Before I started doing environmental work, I’d assumed that biofuel use would have a positive effect on the climate. It turns out the truth about biofuels is much more complex than I’d originally thought. Not every biofuel on the market today has a positive impact on the environment, and some actually pose a major threat. [...]

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Energy Co-Ops: Generating All Kinds of Green for Local Communities

By Gracelyn Cruden, August 15 2011

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Energy Co-Ops: Generating All Kinds of Green for Local Communities

With all of the panic surrounding stocks, I’m clearly not the only one wondering where I should put my money for the long term. I want to know that my money will support the good, not just pad a CEO’s already fat pocket. I think I’ve found a solution, nestled in northern England. The Baywind [...]

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VIDEO: Danes And The Third Industrial Revolution

By Gracelyn Cruden, July 25 2011

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VIDEO: Danes And The Third Industrial Revolution

RAN has been ramping up the dialogue against coal, calling for an end to new coal-fired power plants and for existing coal plants to be retired (these currently make up over 45% of total US energy generation). The coal industry argues that coal technology is already available while renewable energy technology is a pipe-dream that [...]

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A New Kind Of Co-Op: Ending Dependence On Nuclear Power (VIDEO)

By Gracelyn Cruden, July 11 2011

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A New Kind Of Co-Op: Ending Dependence On Nuclear Power (VIDEO)

Communities around the globe are taking control of their power and switching off dirty energy to clean renewable sources instead. Here’s the first in a series of posts to share these inspiring stories. One mother’s dedication can make a difference. Ursula Sladek was spurred into action after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. A mother of [...]

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Texan Takes Fight Against Tar Sands Pipeline to Citigroup

By Nell Greenberg, April 21 2011

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Texan Takes Fight Against Tar Sands Pipeline to Citigroup

David Daniel is traveling 1,500 miles from the Piney Woods of East Texas to midtown Manhattan this week with a message for Citigroup, the nation’s third-largest bank: Don’t help a Canadian oil pipeline company endanger my community. At today’s Citigroup annual shareholder meeting, CEO Vikram Pandit was taken to task by David Daniel along with [...]

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