Posts Tagged with "coal"

Extreme Coal – No Longer Business as Usual

Thursday, 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

Sunday, 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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Resisting Exxon and Peabody’s Dark Age

Thursday, 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)

Wednesday, 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

Friday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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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5 Ways Our Network Is Saving the Planet

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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5 Ways Our Network Is Saving the Planet

Dear friends, Early in the New Year, I received a text concerning my two nieces that read, “We are all safe but leaving town—state of Emergency declared in Charleston as a result of coal chemical spilled into river.” Although I’m very aware of the impacts coal has on the health of people and planet, the [...]

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

Wednesday, 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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