Citi mulls moving (coal) mountains after Bank of America acts

December 6, 2008

Now that Bank of America is cutting back on lending to mountain top removal mining companies, citing the environmental costs, rival Citigroup is weighing its options.

“Bank of America’s announcement has just been released so Citi will study the content,” the bank said on Friday. Citi and Bank of America were prime targets of Rainforest Action Network and others for their support of mountaintop removal mining for coal in Appalachia. Cutting the top off a mountain is a cheap and efficient way to get coal — and environmental groups call it an ecological disaster.

“We are continuing to learn about this issue through engaging and listening to a variety of stakeholders, including our clients. Today we met with a number of industry, scientific, and community experts to listen and learn from their perspectives. Citi has a long history of engaging in dialogue with our stakeholders on this and other critical environmental issues,” the bank said.

Rainforest Action Network says the bank has a history of funding dirty coal and has called Citi’s steps to curb its carbon footprint small. The coal industry, on the other hand, says Bank of America is pandering to the the green movement at the expense of work in a place where jobs are few and far between.

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One thing would that all companies that create major pollution should do is think about getting some carbon offsets to help generate some energy via a method that does not release as much CO2 compared to traditional power generation methods.


Bank of America has received huge federal monetary guarantees and chose to not keep Republic door company’s credit line active saying it is not their responsibility. This is not an isolated incident. The whole TARP bill is crippled with little or no oversight of the use of funds. Bank of America probably wants to buy another bank with it’s government windfall. What will they do when no one is working and unable to make deposits in their banks? We trusted “Big Business” to bring us prosperity. Now we should trust them to solve the fossil fuel question. What happened to “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!”?

Posted by Anubis | Report as abusive

I now expect thousands of well paying ecotourism jobs to replace the mining jobs. My people have been waiting for years for the environmentalists to create these opportunities as promised but we keep on waiting.

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