Sierra Club

Climate Change Hits Home   Climate Change Comes Home

Ten days ago, for the first time since Hurricane Sandy hit, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune visited the beachfront community in New Jersey where he grew up. The damage was so extensive that the area is closed off and there is still no power or clean water. Brune’s family and their neighbors were allowed to enter the barrier island for just seven hours.

Visit our new website, Climate Comes Home, to read what he and others had to say and see the devastation.

Photo: Julie Dermansky

Huge Victory for Our MountainsOne can only imagine what John Muir would have thought of mountaintop removal coal mining. But he’d certainly have celebrated this month’s announcement that the Patriot Coal Corporation has entered into an agreement with the Sierra Cluband other environmental groups to end its involvement in this destructive practice. But other coal companies are moving forward with plans to blow the tops off mountains and bury streams all across Appalachia.Send a message to the EPA, letting them know that protecting Appalachia from destructive coal mining should be a top priority for the next Obama administration.

Rainforest Action Network


Rainforest Action Network

This December 1st, our friends EQAT will be visiting PNC Banks all over the region with samples of drinking water taken directly from a contaminated well in Eunice, West Virginia.

This is an opportunity to challenge PNC on its record as a ‘Green Bank’ with a tangible example of the consequences of mountaintop removal affecting thousands of families in Appalachia, and to emphasize that our work isn’t just about the environment, it’s about human rights.

EQAT has a group of action organizers ready to lead demonstrations in over 10 different locations. The only question now is: Will you join them, or will you be leading an action of your own?

Go here to get more info on how you can get involved and to view a full list of actions.

EQAT is an organization committed to building a movement to stop climate change. Anyone who cares about the future of this planet should stand up on December 1st and take action in their area to send PNC a message—the people of Appalachia are more important than a corporate bottom line.

Participants are bringing samples of contaminated water to branch managers, holding fake ‘taste tests’ outside of the bank to educate passersby, taking nonviolent direct action inside and outside of bank branches, and closing their accounts to protest PNC’s investments. What type of action is right for you? Maybe you and 2 friends want to visit your local PNC on December 1st. Maybe it’s you and your whole community.

Either way, if you’d like to hold an action at a PNC in your area (and hook up with EQAT for support and resources to make it easier), or just want to find an action to attend, let them know by emailing

Amanda Starbuck

For the mountains,

Amanda Starbuck
Energy & Finance campaign

Congressional Budget Office

Offsetting Costs of a Carbon Tax on Low-Income Households

Senior Advisor Terry M. Dinan’s presentation at the Conference on the Economics of Carbon Taxes

See more presentations from the Congressional Budget Office

Climate Movement is heating Up

Rainforest Action NetworkAs we face heat wave after heat wave and ever more frequent extreme weather events, the reality that global warming is not some far-off crisis is finally starting to be widely recognized. Perhaps it’s no wonder that the climate movement is heating up this summer, too.
Activists and concerned citizens across the country are fed up with waiting for our political leaders to act and are taking action themselves. From Appalachia and Washington, DC to Texas and Montana, here are some of the major mobilizations against the fossil fuels that are cooking our climate, all part of what’s being called the Summer of Solidarity.

Coal Export Action

Bankrolling Climate ChangeCoal is a dirty and dying industry—which is why King Coal is desperately searching for a life line in the form of coal export terminals from which it can reach markets in Asia. Climate and student activists have joined with Montana, Oregon and Washington residents for a series of rolling sit-ins against coal extraction and coal exports at the state capitol building in Helena, MT.

Read more on the Understory, RAN’s blog

Mountain Mobilization

Understanding Citizen’s UnitedOn July 28th, 50 activists entered the Hobet Mine in Boone County, WV, the largest mountaintop removal mine in the country, in an act of mass civil disobedience.

Read more on the Understory, RAN’s blog

Tar Sands Blockade

President Obama Rejects Keystone XL PipelineThe Keystone XLtar sands pipeline just won’t die. President Obama fast-tracked approval of the Southern leg of the pipeline, so activists with the Tar Sands Blockade have coordinated a series of peaceful protests along the pipeline route to stop this zombie pipeline once and for all.


Stop the Frack Attack

Levi’s Takes a Stand for Rainforests“Thousands of protestors gathered in the muggy heat on the National Mallin Washington, DC for the first-ever nationwide anti-fracking demonstration.”


                    For more context on the Summer of Solidarity, check out this article by RAN’s own Scott Parkin: “How Quiet Environmental Uprisings Are Spreading Across the Country”.
Thanks for all you do to make our planet a cleaner, greener place.

Patriot Coal’s Hobet MTR mine.

Rainforest Action Network
Tell BofA not to bail out Patriot Coal’s MTR coal mines
BoA AGM Image Patriot Coal’s Hobet MTR mine. Photo by Vivian Stockman /
Take Action

Big news this week in the coal industry: Patriot Coal, the third-largest mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining company, is filing for bankruptcy.
Bank of America is among the banks providing bankruptcy filing services for Patriot. This is a real opportunity for BofA to use its influence and environmental ambition to work with Patriot and forward-thinking politicians like West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller to close and clean up those MTR mines and transition the Appalachia region into a producer of clean, renewable energy.
Can you email Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan right now and tell him not to bail out Patriot Coal’s MTR coal mines?

Amanda Starbuck