Today, hundreds marched and saw fourteen community and climate activists arrested as the Midwest Rising! Convergence took the streets of St. Louis to protest Bank of America and Peabody Coal.
The arrest action occurred in the intersection connecting Bank of America's St. Louis offices and Peabody's national headquarters.
Being an anti-coal activist leaves you with mixed emotions. Frustration, anger, triumph, joy, sadness and, of course, amazement at the ability of the coal industry to get away with spinning their offensive bull#*@t into mainstream consciousness.
Peabody has a new ad campaign where they put sunglasses on a piece of coal and try to make it look “cool.”
Uhhh, isn’t that ironic? Coal the leading source of green house emissions in the heating of the planet trying to look “cool.”
If you want to understand why America burns so much coal, spend a few minutes over at the lobbying disclosure website run by the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives (all numbers cited below are from the website).