Environment

Patriot Coal To Stop Destructive Mountaintop Removal Mining In Appalachia

Patriot Coal, one of the largest coal companies in America, recently announced its decision to end mountaintop removal mining (MTR) in the Appalachian Mountains. 
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Don’t Finance Rainforest Destruction

Last week, RAN joined sixty environmental and social organizations, including a dozen Indonesian groups, in signing an open letter to banks and other financial institutions across the globe warning them to avoid investments in pulp and paper industry projects associated with deforestation and human right abuses in Indonesia.
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Shale Gas Bubble Bursting: Report Debunks '100 Years' Claim for Domestic Oil and Gas

Food and Water Watch (FWW) released a report today titled "U.S. Energy Security: Why Fracking for Oil and Natural Gas Is a False Solution.
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Proposed Aviation Law Will Test President Obama's Climate Change Commitment

In his acceptance speech last Tuesday, President Obama stated that: "We want our children to live in an America that isn't burdened by debt, that isn't weakened by inequality, that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet." The President's words will be put to the test very shortly.
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Nine Activists Shutdown Four Bank of America Branches in Coal Protest

This morning, nine activists interrupted business as usual at four Bank of America branches across the city of Charlotte, NC. The activists, most of whom were Charlotte locals, were there to protest the bank’s massive financing of the U.S. coal industry.
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New Poll: VA Voters Strongly Moving to Clean Energy, Away from Coal

Over at Scaling Green, I posted yesterday about a series of new polls by Public Opinion Strategies which find that "despite the millions of dollars opponents poured into attacks on the [clean energy] industry," voters in key swing states - including Virginia - "support clean, secure, and affordable energy."
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Arch Coal Mine Will Destroy Colorado Wilderness in 'Roadless' Forest

In a devastating blow to the Colorado wilderness, the U.S. Forest Service has agreed to allow Arch Coal to expand their West Elk mine into 6.5 miles of roadless forest in Colorado. 
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Bill McKibben Kicks Off 350.org Do The Math Tour In Seattle

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Seattle kickoff of 350.org's Do The Math tour, which will highlight the imperative for action to keep 80 percent of the fossil fuel industries' tar sands, coal, oil and gas reserves in the ground, or the climate is toast.
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Rush Limbaugh Laughs in the Face of Climate Change, Hurricane Sandy

As many deal with the destruction Hurricane Sandy left behind, Rush Limbaugh has a good laugh at the "hoax" that is Climate Change. Remember, Rush Limbaugh is one of the main people Republicans and the right wing listen to when developing their outlooks, policies, and more.
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Sandy: How to Help NOW...

I heard Gen Honoree (ret), who was the Army general who led the team into New Orleans after "heckuva job Brownie" and crew failed, speak yesterday. He said that neighbors will save more lives than first responders. His point: as daylight breaks today, first responders will be out looking to assess damage, get infrastructure fixed, get the power back on...but if you are okay, and it is safe for you to be outside, check on your neighbors, especially the elderly. They may need help that you can provide: if they fell in the dark in their homes, for example. Further, this is the end of the month...
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