|As 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
Coal 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.
On 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.
Tar Sands Blockade
The 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
“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.
We’ve now discovered Citi’s mountaintop removal “due diligence process” is not worth the paper it’s printed on!
Join us in calling on Citi to stop funding mountaintop removal. 212 559 1000
MTR is a crime against America’s environment and people. Every day MTR coal corporations literally blow the tops off Appalachia‘s mountains: clear-cutting forests, wiping out natural habitats and poisoning rivers and drinking water. Not only are these mountains lost forever, but also the heritage and the health of families across the region are being sacrificed.
Last weekend, mountaintop removal mining company Alpha Natural Resources announced that it was purchasing Massey Energy, formerly the largest and most nefarious mountaintop removal company in Appalachia. Together, Massey and Alpha are responsible for more than 26 percent of all mountaintop mining in Central Appalachia. Citi is responsible for funding this toxic merger.
Join us in calling on Citi to stop funding mountaintop mining all together. 212 559 1000
Thanks for all that you do.
For the mountains,
Amanda Starbuck, Annie Sartor and Scott Parkin
Global Finance Campaign Team
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Great news came from the coalfields of Appalachia this morning: the EPA vetoed the Spruce No. 1 mountaintop-removal mining permit in West Virginia!
Activists like you from around the country have worked hard to urge the EPA to veto the Spruce Mine permit, and all of your hard work has finally paid off! Thousands of people have emailed comments to the EPA about this issue; many have shared the Spruce Mine story with friends and allies, and still others dumped 1,000 pounds of West Virginian dirt on the front lawn to demand a veto of the Spruce Mine permit. We should all feel proud of this success.
Because the Spruce Mine was the largest proposed mountaintop removal mine site in all of Appalachia, it has been viewed as a bellwether for the MTR industry. While we certainly hope that the EPA’s decision this morning means that the agency is working hard to slow the destruction caused by MTR in Appalachia, it’s important that we don’t forget that there are many more MTR mines in central Appalachia that have devastating impacts on nearby residents.
Thank EPA Administer Lisa Jackson for protecting communities in West Virginia by vetoing the Spruce No.1 Mine Permit and to encourage her to continue to uphold federal laws and regulations for clean water enforcement.
Thank you for helping to stop the Spruce No. 1 mine!
Two of the largest remaining financiers of mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining have announced that they are taking a step in the right direction to end the devastating practice of blowing up mountaintops and poisoning drinking water for coal.
Pennsylvania-based PNC and Swiss banking giant UBS have both announced policies that will limit their funding of MTR.
PNC and UBS are following in the footsteps of six other banking giants–Bank of America, Citi, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Credit Suisse—that many of you helped push in the right direction on MTR financing over the last two years.
Though this decision does not mean an immediate end to the financing of mountaintop mining, we are encouraged to see PNC and UBS take this step forward. Now let’s get ‘em to go all the way!
Join us in urging PNC and UBS to completely cut all financing of mountaintop mining companies. Once your signatures are in, we’ll deliver your demands to PNC headquarters in Pittsburgh, as well as UBS headquarters in both Connecticut and Zurich. Sign this petition today!
Thanks for moving mountains in the banking world with us so that Appalachia’s mountains can stay right where they belong.
Wall Street doesn’t like King Coal anymore. In the last two years, the biggest banks in America have adopted policies to phase out financing of mountaintop removal (MTR) coal.
Unfortunately, PNC didn’t get the memo.
Since 2008, PNC has provided over $130 million to six of the eight largest MTR coal mining companies, including the worst of the worst- Massey Energy. PNC Bank is now the largest financier of mountaintop removal in the US.
While boasting to be the “greenest bank in the business,” PNC continues to bankroll the wholesale destruction of the Appalachian Mountains. Too bad the “greenest bank” is focused solely on greenbacks.
PNC has not made a single attempt to stop financing mountaintop removal. But we want to change that.
We’re not stopping until there isn’t a bank left in the biz willing to finance the flattening of Appalachia and the poisoning of her people.
Thank you for taking action to save America’s mountains!