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Voice of the People

Dec. 24, 2012 @ 09:05 AM

Bank must focus on renewable energy

I found it disheartening that Huntington Bank is planning to expand its commercial banking services for the oil, gas, coal, shale and other natural gas production industries. A better usage of Huntington's resources is investing in sustainable ventures to employ our workers in industries that have a positive impact on the environment.

Renewable energy is on the "growing edge" of the economy, while fossil fuels are in decline.

Even gas supplies are limited, as many believe the Marcellus reserves are overestimated.

Regardless, the fossil fuel industry has made us sick and degraded where we live, leaving expensive health problems.

And we've watched these industries take our resources and leave, doing nothing to make Appalachia a better place for those who live here.

We need to acknowledge that climate change is a real threat to our future.

And Huntington Bank needs to acknowledge that companies like Consol, whose failed slurry impoundments endanger lives and whose MTR practices endanger health, are bad investments.

So please, think about the future when choosing where to put your money, and how those bank's investments affect people. Please support investing in sustainable and renewable energy that will power a clean future and create new industries.

Dan Taylor

Huntington

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