Golden Toads invade Chase Bank to protest fossil fuel investments

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, June 10, 2013 19:45 EDT
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Reverend Billy Talen of the Church of Stop Shopping and a small group of singing Golden Toads briefly invaded a Chase Bank in Brooklyn on Saturday.

The reverend, clad in his typical white suit and wielding a megaphone, entered the bank along with a coterie of activists donning Golden Toad hats. The group sang about the extinction of the rainforest-dwelling amphibian, claiming the bank’s “fossil fuel investments took the living rainfall from our lives.”

The odd spectacle was intended to highlight JPMorgan Chase’s investment in the coal industry.

An environmentalist report (PDF) released in 2012 labeled Bank of America, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase as the top three financiers of the “worst of the worst” coal companies.

The report stated that “JPMorgan finances more utility companies on our ‘risk’ list than any other bank, and is additionally the leading underwriter of the global coal industry.” The bank also finances mountaintop removal mining companies, an investment the church finds particularly egregious.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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