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Mary Anne Hitt
Mary Anne Hitt is director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, which is working to eliminate coal's contribution to global warming and repower the nation with clean energy.

Entries by Mary Anne Hitt

Spartans Move Beyond Coal

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 1:43 PM

On the heels of last week's fantastic Bloomberg Philanthropies and Beyond Coal announcement came some news from Michigan demonstrating once again how powerful our activists are.

Michigan State University announced that it will retire the largest on-campus coal plant in the U.S. by 2016 -- making...

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Doubling Down With Bloomberg Philanthropies to Replace Coal With Clean Energy

(3) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 10:20 AM

Today I had the honor of standing with Michael Bloomberg and dozens of Sierra Club volunteers, staff, and supporters in Washington, D.C., to announce a new round of investment by Bloomberg Philanthropies in the work of the Beyond Coal Campaign. With this new support of $30 million over...

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More Than 200 Rally for Clean Energy in Oregon

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 1:36 PM

On Tuesday, more than 200 leaders from the public health, academic, business, and environmental communities traveled to Salem, Oregon, to rally and hold lobby meetings with legislators on this session's top environmental bills as part of the Oregon Conservation Network's Clean Green Lobby Machine lobby day.

Before the meetings, the...

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Polluters Again Challenge Common-Sense Public-Health Protections at the Supreme Court

(3) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 12:20 PM

Today the Supreme Court will hear polluter arguments against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) vital Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), a long-overdue protection finalized in 2012 that will help guard our families, air, water, and wildlife from dangerous toxic pollution that comes from coal plants. These vital protections...

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Global Wave of New Coal Plants Is Going Bust, New Report Finds

(39) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 2:55 PM


Today, the Sierra Club and CoalSwarm, keeper of the global coal plant tracker database, released a comprehensive report on the global coal pipeline -- and the news is big. The global boom in coal-fired power plant construction is going bust.


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Detroit-Area Residents Demand Clean Air

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 10:14 AM


On Wednesday night I was proud to join hundreds of residents from River Rouge and other Michigan communities in speaking out for cleaner air in Detroit. For decades, the residents of River Rouge and surrounding communities have been living with severe...

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Court Ruling Means Cleaner Air for Millions of Americans

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 11:55 AM

This week we secured an important victory for public health when a federal court approved a timeline and framework for protecting Americans from an especially harmful type of air pollution. Sulfur dioxide pollution is a dangerous air pollutant -- so much so that even short-term exposure for as little as...

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North Carolina's Brevard College First in the Southeast to Divest

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 1:50 PM


College students, faculty, and administrators at North Carolina's Brevard College are cheering at Friday's news that the school will divest from fossil fuels by 2018 -- making it the first university in North Carolina and the entire Southeast U.S. to divest!

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'Fighting for Our Right to Breathe'

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 11:03 AM


"None of us should have to be here right now fighting for our right to breathe."

That's what a young woman told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at a hearing this week about smog pollution, after boarding a bus with 100 high school...

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Ohioans Stand Up in Force to Oppose Bailing out Old, Dirty Power Plants

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 12:44 PM


As coal plants around the U.S. become increasingly filthy and decrepit with old age, some utilities want ratepayers to pay billions of dollars to keep them running. We're already paying with our health, our air, and our water - plus, Americans want clean...

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Texas Coal Plants Are Polluting the Air Across Several States

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 9:02 AM


The Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park in west Texas are places people visit when they want to reconnect with nature and visit rugged landscapes that remind them of what the western United States was like before our massive cities...

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A Dozen Reasons 2014 Was Awesome for Clean Energy & Beyond Coal Victories

(3) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 12:55 PM

Before the year is out, I just had to try my hand at a "Best of..." year-end list because 2014 was so full of amazing victories by hard-working community activists nationwide. From small towns to big cities, we saw inspiring coalitions of diverse groups and organizations working together to protect...

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Report Outlines Ways to Protect Appalachian Communities from Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 11:01 AM

If you think mountaintop removal coal mining's days are over, you're wrong. In 2013, Virginia issued nine new surface mining permits and two acreage expansions, West Virginia issued 25 new permits, and Kentucky issued 30 new permits which will destroy mountains and threaten nearby communities.

An excellent new report...

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Thankful for Community Victories Like This One

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 11:58 AM

As I imagine you're doing this week, I've been reflecting a lot on what I'm thankful for. Along with family and friends, what tops my list are the people across the U.S. who are ushering in the clean energy era, reducing pollution, and turning the corner on climate disruption. Some...

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The Wind Energy Production Tax Credit Isn't About Politics, It's About People

(7) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 1:52 PM

Jobs are not a political issue. Jobs are a people issue. I've enjoyed reading the clean energy jobs profiles in Sierra magazine -- especially this one about Lester Johnson, a wind worker in Arkansas. Lester's pride in the hard work that pays his bills is inspiring, as are these...

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As Scientists Sound the Alarm on Climate, a Reason for Hope

(5) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 4:48 PM

When I look at my daughter -- and I know all parents feel this way -- I know I would do anything to keep her healthy and safe. A new report out from the world's climate experts makes it undeniably clear that we still have the chance to protect...

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Momentum Builds in Louisiana, the Latest Front in the Fight Against Coal Exports

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 11:09 AM

In recent weeks, something amazing has been happening in the Gulf Coast of Louisiana - communities have been standing up and casting votes to ring the alarm about proposed coal export projects. As U.S. coal use has declined, mining companies are looking for a future in international markets. And while...

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College Students Continue to Lead the Way on Clean Energy

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 10:17 AM

All this good clean energy news lately, and I haven't talked about the recent college victories! Last month, thanks to tremendous student activism, officials at the University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill and the University of Georgia announced significant steps related to moving beyond coal.

First, at UNC, The...

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EPA Takes Real Steps Toward Curbing Smog Pollution - Now We Need Your Voice

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 2:39 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency recently found that we've been doing it wrong for years; our air is not as clean or as safe as we once supposed. The agency's smog pollution policy assessment, released in late August, found that current "safe" levels of smog pollution are actually not strong enough...

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David Keeps Winning: 10 Recent Victories That Will Give You Hope for the Planet

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 2:58 PM

Wow. That's the word I repeated over and over this summer, as news rolled in of one clean energy victory after another. These are David and Goliath campaigns, led by community groups fighting for the health of their families, for clean air and water, and for a safe climate. Over...

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