Rainforest Action Network and friends are organizing a social media day of action on Thursday, February 18, to pressure JP Morgan Chase to stop financing mountaintop removal. RAN is asking activists to blog, tweet, facebook, and email their networks about the harmful practices of mountaintop removal, what they call "a real American tragedy."JP Morgan Chase's CEO Jamie Dimon has drawn criticism from many environmentalists for his bankrolling of coal mining in Appalachia. The Sierra Club produced a video on Dimon last year, and RAN has been communicating with Dimon's employees, telling them what is being down in their name.
JPMorgan Chase underwrites:
--Massey Energy, headed by another big polluter, Don Blankenship. Massey is behind much of the mountaintop removal coal mining done in this country and has used strong-arm tactics in defense of their business including assaulting anti-coal activists.
--New coal plants developed by American Municipal Power, Alliant
Energy and a subsidiary of American Electric Power.
Here's how RAN describes the purpose of the day:
Mountaintop removal is the highly destructive mining practice that literally explodes the tops off of mountains. It harms homes and habitats. It's destroyed nearly 1.2 million acres of Appalachian forest and mountains. It has buried over 2000 miles of rivers and streams with debris and pollution.
Instead of bankrolling this brutal, toxic and irreversibly destructive practice of destroying mountains for climate-killing coal, Chase should put their money on the right side of history.
It's time for Chase to stop making millions from destroying Appalachia's mountains.
Sign up to take action at RAN's informative website.