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Breaking: Chicago Activists Occupy Local Coal Plant

6 Arrested with Banner Saying “Close Chicago’s Toxic Coal Plants.”

By Annie Sartor

Cross-Posted from the Understory

 This morning six local activists from Chicago climbed over a fence at the Crawford coal plant, scaled a mountain of coal, and unfurled a huge 7′ x 30′ banner reading “Close Chicago’s Toxic Coal Plants.” The toxic Crawford plant operates in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago and is surrounded on all sides by homes, shops, restaurants and schools.

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VIDEO: Mountaintop Removal is an American Tragedy

Actress Susan Sarandon Pledges to End Mountaintop Removal

Cross-posted from RAN’s Understory

by Nell Greenberg

Mountaintop removal is an American tragedy. Plain and simple.

The practice destroys hundreds of Appalachian mountains, contaminates drinking water and sacrifices America’s communities for small seams of coal.

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Another Big Bank Turns Away from Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining!

PNC Becomes the 7th Bank to End Financing of Dirty Practice

Repost from the RAN Understory

by Amanda Starbuck

I’m saying ‘Thank you’ this week to PNC bank — which has just released its public position on Mountaintop Removal (MTR) Coal Mining.

Here’s PNC’s policy in full — and a key extract:

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Wall Street Backs Away From Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Top 4 Banks Bail on Massey Energy
We’ve waged a long hard campaign against Wall Street the past 4 years to stop them from financing mountaintop removal.  Now we’re seeing some results!  Hooray for everyone who joined our work to stop MTR financing.

Top 4 US banks curb loans for destructive practice; Cut financing for Massey Energy

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BREAKING:RAN Activists Send Message to Massey CEO Don Blankenship at the National Press Club: “Your coal is not Clean, Safe or F

Blankenship Confirms that Coal Kills: "I'm a realist...Accidents are unavoidable."

RAN activists just disrupted Massey CEO Don Blankenship’s talk at the National Press Club sending him a strong message:“Your coal is not Clean, Safe or Forever.” They were eventually escorted out by security.

Pictures. Video.

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May 6 Day of Action Against Chase’s Mountaintop Removal Investments

Coalition of Environmental and Community Groups Call on Chast to Stop Funding MTR
Chase: Stop Funding MTR

May 6 Day of Action Against Chase’s Mountaintop Removal Investments

Join Rainforest Action Network and allies all over Appalachia and the country in stopping Chase’s investments in mountaintop removal.

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MoJo: JPMorgan Chase’s War on Nature

How the Wall Street darling underwrites environmental Armageddon and mountaintop removal coal mining
Great article in Mother Jones about Chase’s financing of mountaintop removal.  A must read.

And FYI, if this inspires you and you want to take action against Chase, Fossil Fool’s Day is only two days away.

JPMorgan’s War on Nature

How the Wall Street darling underwrites environmental Armageddon.

By Andy Kroll | Tue Mar. 30, 2010 3:00 AM PDT

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I Just Pledged to End Mountaintop Removal in 2010, Will You?

RAN Launches Pledge to End Mountain Removal in 2010
Have you taken the Pledge to End Mountaintop Removal?

I spent last week in Wise Virginia with 100 Appalachian coalfield residents, students and youth from up and down the east coast, direct actionistas living in WV, TN, KY and VA and retired union coal miners at Mountain Justice Spring Break.  The theme of the camp focused on mountaintop removal (MTR), coal, local communities and Appalachian culture and what we’re doing to turn around this highly destructive fossil fuel economy.

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Two days locked-down to the EPA campaigning to end mountaintop removal

Sitters in tri-pods up over 30 hours

Reposted from the Understory

By Amanda Starbuck

RAN activists have spent two days locked-down to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), demanding justice for the people of Appalachia by enforcing the Clean Water Act and ending mountaintop removal mining (MTR).

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End Mountaintop Removal Day of Action, October 30, 2009

Tell the EPA to End Mountaintop Removal
Join Mountain Justice, Energy Justice Network and Rainforest Action Network as We Mobilize to End Mountaintop Removal

SIGN UP:http://ran.org/endmtrdoa

WHAT: Actions at the EPA and across the country calling for an end to mountaintop removal
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30
WHERE: Your Town, USA
CONTACT: dirtymoney@ran.org or fossilfuels@enerjustice.net; or Mountain Justice at http://mountainjusticesummer.org/contact.php; or call 1-800-989-RAIN
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