Posts Tagged with "Appalachia"

Investor Summit: Bank of America puts our Climate at Risk

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Investor Summit: Bank of America puts our Climate at Risk

This post is by Yann Louvel, BankTrack Climate and Energy Campaign Coordinator. Earlier this month, Bank of America participated in the 2014 Investor Summit on Climate Risk as the “convening sponsor” of the event. While there was a lot of talk about the urgency of the problem of tackling climate change, there were a few things the [...]

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

Monday, 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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Banking on Coal: New BankTrack Report Highlights Bank Complicity in Global Coal Mining Boom

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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Banking on Coal: New BankTrack Report Highlights Bank Complicity in Global Coal Mining Boom

“Most innovative investment bank for climate change.” – Citigroup “Mak(ing) your life greener and help(ing) tackle climate change.” – Morgan Stanley “Financing a low carbon economy.” – Bank of America When banks tout slogans such as these, you might expect them to mean that they plan to phase out financing for coal, the single largest [...]

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Eye to Eye with Brian Moynihan

Thursday, May 9, 2013

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Eye to Eye with Brian Moynihan

VIDEO: To watch more of what happened yesterday at the Bank of America shareholder meeting in Charlotte, watch the clip at the bottom of this blog post. As I stood eye-to-eye with Bank of America (BofA) CEO, Brian Moynihan, a large stop-watch projected onto the wall of the conference room started to count down. I [...]

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

Wednesday, 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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“It’s Easier to Mine Coal Without People Around.”

Monday, March 4, 2013

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“It’s Easier to Mine Coal Without People Around.”

RAN’s latest Coal Risk Update highlights the potential human rights impacts of a planned mountaintop removal mine in Blair, West Virginia. Blair Mountain is a national treasure: The mountain is the site of arguably the most important post-Civil War battlefield in the US. Currently, Arch Coal plans to build a mine that would destroy the [...]

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Bob Kincaid: Self-Determination, Appalachian Style

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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Bob Kincaid: Self-Determination, Appalachian Style

Guest post by Bob Kincaid - Board Chair of Coal River Mountain Watch It is a historic day for Appalachia. Long one of America’s most neglected regions, Appalachia has suffered for years from abuses by the coal industry. Among the latest affronts are horrible health consequences outlined in a series of scientific papers detailing the diseases [...]

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Tell Banks to Stop Financing the Destruction of Blair Mountain

Friday, December 14, 2012

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Tell Banks to Stop Financing the Destruction of Blair Mountain

A Guest Blog by Brandon Nida, Organizer—Blair Mountain Heritage Alliance Many people have not heard of the Battle of Blair Mountain, let alone a place called Adkins Fork in Logan County, West Virginia. But in 1921, the Adkins Fork area was the scene of an intense battle between miners attempting to organize and a private army [...]

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Guest Blog: Earth Quakers Deliver Toxic Water to PNC Banks

Thursday, December 6, 2012

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Guest Blog: Earth Quakers Deliver Toxic Water to PNC Banks

A Guest Blog by Amy Ward Brimmer, Executive Director—Earth Quaker Action Team On December 1, Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) put PNC Bank on notice: the campaign to stop PNC from financing mountaintop removal coal mining is powerful, growing, and rapidly spreading across the bank’s geographic territory. Last Saturday saw the largest single-day protest against [...]

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Patriot Coal to End Mountaintop Removal Mining

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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Patriot Coal to End Mountaintop Removal Mining

Good news for Appalachia: Patriot Coal recently announced its decision to end mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining. Rainforest Action Network has been talking for many years about why this egregious form of mining needs to be ended immediately. For anyone who might want a reminder about what MTR is, watch this: This is significant news. [...]

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