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 eqateam@gmail.com.

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

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 / SouthWings.org
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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

Stop Mountaintop Removal Mining …


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The idea of blowing the top off a mountain to get what you want inside is just so outlandish, selfish and downright ridiculous that it almost seems unreal.

But at Alpha Natural Resources, that’s just business as usual. Take a stand against Mountaintop Removal Mining (MTR) »

MTR is a common practice at coal companies, which use equipment the size of buildings to literally change the face of a mountain range and get at coal buried deep within the Appalachians.

But MTR is a dangerous and irresponsible business practice. Not only does it ruin the landscape, but it destroys wildlife habitat and poisons water supplies with chemicals like mercury, lead and arsenic. Worst of all, more MTR means more coal polluting our air and warming our planet.

Tell energy giant Alpha Natural Resources to stop mountaintop removing mining to protect the environment and our health »

Thanks for taking action!Emily V.
Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team