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Rainforest Action Network calls Bank of America leading coal financier

October 11th, 2011

As the Occupy Wall Street movement rails against corporate greed and wrongdoing by large banks, the Rainforest Action Campaign has singled out one bank that it considers to be the worst in the crowd, the Bank of America.

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‘In Harm’s Way’ report finds 39 coal ash dumps have contaminated water

August 26th, 2010

A report released today shows that 39 coal ash dump sites in 21 states have spewed arsenic, lead and other heavy metals into ground and surface water.
The coal ash dump sites are either polluting groundwater or draining into rivers, according to the study by the Environmental Integrity Project with support from Sierra Club and Earthjustice.

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Be part of the solution: Chipping away at coal

April 19th, 2010

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Coal-fired power plant (Photo: Braen Gunem/Dreamstime.)

Sitting in a heap atop the list of climate offenders is coal. Coal-burning power plants are the single biggest source of carbon emissions worldwide and their smokestacks spew sulfur and nitrogen dioxide, as well, contributing to the stew of greenhouse gases that are heating the Earth’s atmosphere.

Despite the growth of renewable energy sources, coal remains the single largest provider of energy for America, at 45 percent. And its toxic footprint doesn’t end with air pollution. The industry’s waste, leftover ash, is laced with metal oxides.

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The tragedy of coal; the promise of clean energy

April 9th, 2010

I had been thinking about how this week’s mine accident that claimed 25 lives is just one more way the true cost of coal is being revealed. Coal is only cheap if you fail to factor in the loss of life, the long-term human health effects, the environmental devastation both in the immediate area of coal mining, the regions near coal-fired plants and finally, to the Earth’s atmosphere. Do these costs need to be more far-reaching before we face these facts?

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