Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth defends the environment and champions a healthy and just world.
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Tell the U.S. Ex-Im Bank: Protect tigers, don’t finance coal plants in Bangladesh!
The U.S. Export-Import Bank is considering using OUR tax dollars to pay for two coal plants in Bangladesh. These projects would wreck the world’s largest mangrove forest and devastate the Bengal tigers that live there. We need your help to stop it! Tell the U.S Ex-Im Bank: Protect tigers, don’t finance coal plants in Bangladesh! The Sundarbans mangrove forest in Bangladesh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a safe haven for endangered tigers and dolphins. But Orion Group, a Bangladeshi company, is trying to build two new coal-fired power plants. One would be dangerously close to the Sundarbans mangrove forest. The other plant would be built right outside the country’s densely-populated capital, Dhaka. Not only would these projects have catastrophic impacts on wildlife, but they would pollute the air that more than 17 million people breathe with coal ash and other toxins. This is unacceptable! Orion has approached the Ex-Im Bank for funding for these plants. The Bank’s support would allow the projects to move forward – and grease the wheels for even more coal development abroad. Not only is this bad for the environment, it’s also totally hypocritical – after all, the U.S. is moving away from coal at home. Tell the Export-Import Bank: don’t help Big Coal wreck the Sundarbans mangrove forest! The evidence is clear that coal is terrible for people, wildlife, and the planet. On that basis alone U.S Ex-Im Bank shouldn’t support these new plants. But on top of that, as a low-lying nation, Bangladesh is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. It’s facing grave risks in the form of rising seas and stronger storms. I think you’d agree that the U.S. should be part of the solution – not part of the problem! The U.S. must stop financing fossil fuels. It’s time to start investing in renewable energy technology instead. Together, we can help countries like Bangladesh increase access to electricity in a way that won’t harm our environment. Tell the Ex-Im Bank: don’t export fossil fuel pollution to developing countries! Standing with you, Jenny Bock Economic Justice Campaigner Friends of the Earth U.S.
Tell the Senate: End tax breaks for Big Oil!
This fall, the Senate will be debating how to fund the government for the next year. Every year, our representatives send Big Oil and other polluters billions in special interest tax breaks and other giveaways. Meanwhile, social programs such as food stamps, Pell grants, and school lunches struggle for funding. This is absolutely unacceptable. Government spending should reflect the needs of the American people – not wealthy corporations busy polluting the Earth. Now more than ever, it is crucial to think carefully about the most effective and responsible uses of taxpayer revenue – and that means no handouts for oil and gas polluters. Will you join us in calling on the Senate to take action? Our message is clear: No more taxpayer giveaways to the companies fueling the climate crisis!
Tell Edison International CEO: Don’t gamble our safety or money on crippled nuclear reactors.
The San Onofre nuclear reactors run by Southern California Edison, a subsidiary of Edison International, pose a significant threat to the safety of Californians. The reactors have been shut down since January following a tube failure that released radiation. Subsequent investigations have shown that nearly brand-new steam generators in both reactors have unprecedented levels of damage – damage that could have resulted in a massive release of radiation. Edison International’s CEO, Ted Craver, once said that if and when to restart the San Onofre nuclear reactors would be the biggest decision he makes as CEO. Send him your note today urging him to make the right decision – Protect Southern California and keep the San Onofre reactors shut down. Sign the petition: Urge Ted Craver to do the right thing for our safety and the economic health of Southern California.