Extreme Coal – No Longer Business as Usual

By Ben Collins, April 17 2014

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Extreme Coal – No Longer Business as Usual

For the first time since we began publishing coal finance report cards five years ago, we have an encouraging trend to report: Major banks have begun making noise about the growing financial risk associated with climate change—and specifically associated with coal, the top global contributor to carbon pollution. On top of that, major banks have [...]

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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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Why Washington University in St. Louis Should Ditch Peabody Coal

By Todd Zimmer, April 11 2014

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Why Washington University in St. Louis Should Ditch Peabody Coal

This article first appeared in Washington University in St. Louis’ Student Life on April 10, 2014.  On April 30, the UN’s International Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the best available scientific report on global warming and the likely consequences of continued carbon pollution. Based on 12,000 peer-reviewed studies, the IPCC’s report describes a [...]

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Resisting Exxon and Peabody’s Dark Age

By Scott Parkin, April 10 2014

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Resisting Exxon and Peabody’s Dark Age

Forget the reign of Tywin Lannister and his bloodthirsty brood of children, grandchildren and henchmen raping and pillaging their way through the fantastical land of Westeros while hapless Starks are beheaded and scattered to the winds. Our own world’s fate is similarly imperiled by the fossil fuel empire’s own game of thrones, power and profit [...]

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Why We’re Sitting in at WashU (And We’re Not Leaving)

By Guest, April 9 2014

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Why We’re Sitting in at WashU (And We’re Not Leaving)

By Caroline Burney, Senior at Washington University. Crossposted from We Are Powershift. I’ve learned many things in my four years at Washington University in St. Louis–not all of them in the classroom. For example, before I became a student at Wash U, I had never heard of Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private sector coal [...]

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Blockade: Fighting strip mine expansion Rocky Branch, Illinois

By Guest, March 21 2014

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Blockade: Fighting strip mine expansion Rocky Branch, Illinois

This post is by activist Jeff Lucas.  Residents of Illinois’ Rocky Branch community halt Peabody strip mine expansion for three hours with a road blockade.  321 miles south of Chicago sits Rocky Branch, a community tucked into the Shawnee Hills. Roughly 1 mile north of Rocky Branch is the Cottage Grove strip mine. Peabody has been [...]

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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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Meet Ross Bhappu, The Money Behind Coal Export Proposals On the Columbia River

By Guest, March 4 2014

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Meet Ross Bhappu, The Money Behind Coal Export Proposals On the Columbia River

This is a guest post by Joe Smyth of Greenpeace USA. You can follow him on Twitter at @joesmyth. The coal industry’s efforts to export huge amounts of taxpayer-owned coal from Montana and Wyoming to Asia has generated unprecedented opposition in the Pacific Northwest—tens of thousands of people have rallied, attended public hearings, and called on their [...]

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Why You Should Give A Sh*t That Water In West Virginia Is Contaminated

By Lindsey Allen, January 22 2014

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Why You Should Give A Sh*t That Water In West Virginia Is Contaminated

As I wrote last week, my two nieces live in Charleston, WV. Although their water has now been cleared as “safe,” they continue to have no clean water to drink. So, as you can imagine, I’m pissed. But there are a few reasons why I’m pissed. And it didn’t start with the unbelievable quote from [...]

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The West Virginia Coal Chemical Spill Should Be A National Outrage

By Lindsey Allen, January 17 2014

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The West Virginia Coal Chemical Spill Should Be A National Outrage

Right now my two nieces have no running water to drink. As a result of the coal chemical spill in West Virginia, they cannot safely use their water even though the citywide ban on drinking tap water has been lifted. That was the reality for more than 300,000 West Virginians last week, after thousands of gallons [...]

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