Yesterday, Alpha Natural Resources, the parent company of the Massey Energy coal company, agreed to pay $209 million in criminal penalties, civil penalties, and compensation to the families of the 29 miners who were killed when its Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia exploded on April 5, 2010. The company was also fined an additional $10.8 million yesterday by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration -- the largest fine in that agency’s history.
Durban, South Africa—Today, as world leaders gather in Durban to discuss solutions to global climate change, an international coalition of civil society and environmental organizations released a new study, “Bankrolling Climate Change,” highlighting the top 20 banks that finance the coal industry. The study examines commercial banks’ lending for the coal industry and provides the first comprehensive climate ranking for financial institutions. The study finds JPMorgan Chase, Citi and Bank of America to be the top three banks in the world financing climate change.
Bank of America, already a target of the 99 Percent Movement for its attempts to levy a $5-a-month fee on debit cards and other practices, is now under fire from environmental activists who want it to stop financing the coal industry and destructive mountaintop removal practices.
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Eight protesters were reportedly arrested in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday morning after they climbed flag poles in front of Bank of America with a banner that said "Not with our money."
According to the Rainforest Action Network, eight people were arrested on Tuesday for protesting what they call "reckless financing practices" from Bank of America.
Amid chants of "Bank of America, bank of coal," eight protesters were arrested Tuesday morning outside the Charlotte bank's corporate headquarters.
The protesters were affiliated with the local chapter of the Rainforest Action Network and demanded an end to the bank's financing of coal-related operations. Members of the Occupy Charlotte movement joined in and were among those arrested, organizers said.
CHARLOTTE, NC—Today, eight people were arrested protesting Bank of America’s reckless financing practices, including the banks role as the lead financier of coal. Two people were arrested after unfurling a banner reading “Not with Our Money” from atop two 50-foot flagpoles at the entrance of Bank of America’s headquarters in downtown Charlotte. Six more were arrested below: two while supporting the climbers, and four while blocking the main entrance to the bank’s headquarters.
Marathon Sponsor Accused of Financing Pollution of Chicago’s Air
CHICAGO—This weekend when 45,000 runners join the Bank of America-funded Chicago marathon, the route will take them past one of the city’s dirtiest and most controversial coal plants, the Midwest Generation Fisk plant, which is also financed by the bank. The environmental group Rainforest Action Network has found that just last year Bank of America provided $66 million in financing to Edison International and its subsidiary Midwest Generation.
SAN FRANCISCO— Bank customers around the country have an opportunity to show their discontent with the big banks by pledging to close their Bank of America accounts as part of a new effort launched today from Rainforest Action Network. The ‘not one more dollar’ pledges will be bundled—much like the big banks packaged mortgages for sale—and presented to Bank of America executives in protest of the bank’s funding of coal, the country’s number one contributor to climate change. (1)