Spirited demo exposes Bank of Montreal’s role in deceptive coal terminal financing

Picket at PRI Conference, 2018-09-12. Photo credit: Steve Nadel.
No Coal activists and supporters held a spirited demonstration in San Francisco on September 12, outside a meeting of Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), an organization that promotes socially-responsible investment. We demonstrated to alert investors that the Bank of Montreal (BMO) may try to invite them to invest in waterfront "infrastructure" that is actually the proposed Oakland coal terminal. Also, BMO sent a representative to the conference, which was timed to coincide with the Global Climate Action Summit, and we wanted to make sure he registered the ...

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NCIO Rises for Climate, Jobs, and Justice in San Francisco

Civic Center street mural, aerial view, Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice, 2018-09-08. Photo credit: 350.org (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).
On September 8th, 2018, No Coal in Oakland joined 30,000 marchers from around the Bay Area, California, the U.S. and the globe "to demand our elected leaders commit to no new fossil fuels and a just and fair transition to 100% renewable energy" at the coming week's GCAS and beyond. The San Francisco march -- Rise for Climate Jobs + Justice -- lived up to expectations, and the 50+ panel street mural at Civic Center was awesome. See 350.org's press release & photo albums on Flickr for a rich chronicle of the day; the full-size aerial photo of the murals surrounding Civic ...

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Street mural in miniature: banner making at NCIO art party

On Sunday afternoon a group of No Coal in Oakland activists and artists gathered in a West Oakland backyard to organize the many pieces of next weekend's RISE March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice in San Francisco. To rehearse the layout and painting of NCIO's 35' street mural -- one of as many as fifty that will be chalked and painted at SF Civic Center on Saturday Sept 8th, at the endpoint of the RISE March -- artists painted the planned street mural in miniature onto cloth that will be carried as a banner from the meetup point at the Embarcadero to NCIO's place in the ...

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Join NCIO for historic Sept march & coal-funding protest

Design for street mural, RISE March, 8 Sept 2018
September 2018 is going to loom large in the history of turning back climate change: the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) is coming to San Francisco, a coordinated climate mobilization will erupt in four hundred cities across the planet the weekend before GCAS, and a wide range of climate justice and environmental stewardship events are scheduled throughout the Bay Area. No Coal in Oakland will be there. We hope you’ll join us as we tell our story; link Oakland’s struggle with others across our region, state, and world; and press our newest strategy in the fight ...

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Oregon courts let Portland ban on fossil fuel infrastructure stand. For now.

Portland, OR and Mount Hood, via Wikimedia (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Portland,_OR_and_Mount_Hood_from_Pittock_Mansion.jpg). © Steven Pavlov / http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Senapa / CC BY-SA 4.0
In late 2016, the Portland, Oregon City Council unanimously approved two resolutions protecting residents from fossil fuel projects. They banned construction or expansion of infrastructure to transport or store fossil fuels in the city; and they voted to oppose rail projects planned to carry crude oil through the cities of Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. Subsequently, Oregon's Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) heard an appeal of these actions led by the Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council, Portland Business Alliance and Western States Petroleum Associatio...

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Posturing and evasion from Bank of Montreal

Victor Dubreuil, "Barrels Of Money" (c. 1897, oil on canvas). Public domain via Wikimedia.com {{PD-1923}}
Bank Vows Not to Disavow Financing of Coal Terminal In response to NCIO's letter to Bank of Montreal’s ombudsperson Bindu Dhaliwal, the bank has responded. Sort of. Michael Torrance -- Chief Sustainability Officer and Associate General Counsel for the bank -- wrote to NCIO at length, but failed to substantively address any issue raised by NCIO's letters to Dhaliwal and to bank CEO Darryl White. By acknowledging that “for confidentiality reasons we will not be discussing particular clients or transactions with third parties,” Mr. Torrance clearly implies that Bank ...

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Open letter to Bank of Montreal Ombudsperson: no financing for coal!

Bank of Montreal Head Office, Montréal, Southeast view (2017-04-10, via Wikimedia). By DXR - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=58326453
No Coal in Oakland emailed this letter to staff at the Bank of Montreal, which has positioned itself to raise funds needed to build a coal terminal in West Oakland. The coal terminal project is locally fronted by would-be coal developer Phil Tagami, and is sponsored by coal giant Bowie Resources. The letter is part of No Coal in Oakland's ongoing Stop the Coal Money Initiative, which aims to block the capital to finance the terminal by stigmatizing would-be financiers and warning pension funds about toxic coal projects. This letter, addressed to the Bank of Montreal's ...

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Politicians Pledge to Refuse Support from Tagami

"Not to be used for bribing politicians" (Stamp Stampede). Photo credit: Kristina D.C. Hoeppner via Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/4nitsirk/14708007319). Creative Commons license CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/).
Despite widespread opposition to his proposed Oakland coal terminal, developer Phil Tagami continues to jockey for political influence. No Coal in Oakland is determined to render Tagami politically toxic until he makes a legally binding agreement not to ship coal through West Oakland. NCIO is collecting pledges from politicians that they will not accept contributions from Tagami so long as he continues promoting coal. The pledge reads: "I will not accept any support, financial or otherwise, to my campaign or my political fundraising efforts from Phil Tagami until he ...

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Stop the Coal Money: sign Open Letter to Bank of Montreal

Image credit: Code Rood action at the OBA Coal Terminal in Amsterdam, CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)
No Coal in Oakland welcomes individuals and organizations to sign onto an Open Letter to the Bank of Montreal, which has mired itself in raising funds for the Bowie Resources sponsored effort to build a coal terminal in West Oakland, a project fronted by Oakland's coal developer Phil Tagami. We're calling on the bank to "honor the Oakland City Council’s ordinance prohibiting storage and handling of coal anywhere in the city" and pledge to "refrain from advising on or arranging financing for the proposed terminal." The open letter follows up our letter to the CEO of ...

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NCIO Comments on Judge’s Decision in Favor of Coal Terminal

A comment on Judge Chhabria’s decision The long wait is over and, in the end, none of the theatrics staged by the high-priced lawyers for developer Phil Tagami and the Bowie coal company mattered at all. These lawyers claimed that the City had already made up its mind to ban coal before doing any analysis of the facts. They claimed that the City Council members didn’t have time to read the three reports that provided evidentiary support for the City’s decision. None of that mattered. All Judge Chhabria looked at was whether the extensive evidence collected ...

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