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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.

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Thankful for Community Victories Like This One

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 12:58 PM

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

(6) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 2:52 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 | 5:48 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 | 12:09 PM

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 | 11:17 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

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 3:39 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 | 3:58 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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Labor of Love: How My Small WV Town Launched a Game-Changing New Model to Go Solar

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 2:58 PM

This week, my small town in West Virginia cut the ribbon on a solar project that isn't just the largest crowd-funded solar project in the state, but also launches a new model making it possible for any WV community organization to go solar. On a perfect sunny day, 100...

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Weeks, Months, and Years Later, Still No Coal Ash Safety Standards

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 11:45 AM

This week marks the six month anniversary of the Dan River coal ash spill in North Carolina. In February 2014, a broken pipe released up to 82,000 gallons of toxic coal ash and wastewater into the Dan River. The cleanup still continues today as Duke Energy drags its feet.

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Hearings and Rallies Next Week! Your Voice is Needed to Support Climate Action

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 5:47 PM

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever national standard to clean up carbon pollution from power plants. Now the EPA is holding public hearings on the proposed standard in four cities. If you live near DC, Pittsburgh, Denver, or Atlanta, we hope to see you next week!

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From East to West, Good News for Wilderness and Communities Threatened by Coal Projects

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 11:46 AM

In the past week we've received good news on major proposed coal projects that pose a threat to communities and beautiful places, from both the eastern U.S. and the western U.S.

First, last Friday a federal court cited climate change as a major reason for rejecting federal...

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North Omaha Residents Win Major Clean Air and Climate Victory

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 5:15 PM

In North Omaha, Nebraska, local residents just won a powerful, inspiring victory to move their utility beyond coal. After years of amazing community activism from local parents, business owners, residents, citizen groups, and community leaders, last week the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) Board of Directors voted unanimously to...

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Why Are Some in Congress Content to Let Wind Industry Jobs Blow Away?

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 12:14 PM

This is a guest column from my colleague Dave Hamilton, director of clean energy for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign.

Believe it or not, there was a day when the Production Tax Credit for clean, renewable energy was not a partisan issue. When it cleared the House Ways and...

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Arizona: Fight for Clean Air and Clean Energy Inspires a Family of Activists

(4) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 4:24 PM

Kathy Mohr-Almeida and her daughter Anna -- along with millions of others in Arizona and surrounding states -- could breathe a little easier if the Environmental Protection Agency steps up to enforce the Clean Air Act protections for Navajo Generating Station, one of the biggest polluters in Arizona.
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Defending Clean Energy in Ohio and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 2:42 PM

If you watched this week's episode of Showtime's climate series Years of Living Dangerously, you saw a fantastic piece by America Ferrera called "Against the Wind" that pierced the veil of the fossil fuel industry's well-funded operation to try and dismantle state clean energy standards. The episode could...

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Will the Next Coal Ash Disaster Be in Your Neighborhood?

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 3:58 PM

Guess what -- you might be living near a toxic coal ash dump that threatens your local water supply, without even knowing it. Today, the Sierra Club and Earthjustice are releasing a new report called "Dangerous Waters: America's Coal Ash Crisis" that highlights some of the most unsafe coal...

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To Live Dangerously or Not to Live Dangerously? It's Our Choice

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 3:18 PM

What's next? What can I do? Those are questions you might be pondering if you tuned into Years of Living Dangerously on Showtime this weekend, or if you've been watching online clips from the "Preacher's Daughter" story that was featured on Sunday night, or if you saw today's...

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The Vampire, the Preacher's Daughter, and Me: Behind the Scenes of Years of Living Dangerously

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 4:43 PM

This coming Sunday, May 4, Showtime will air the fourth episode in its Years of Living Dangerously climate series, which includes me and features the Beyond Coal Campaign. As the airing of the "Preacher's Daughter" episode approaches, I keep thinking back on a particular, beautiful Blue Ridge summer day...

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Supreme Court: One State's Coal Pollution Not Allowed to Make Another State's Families Sick

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 1:24 PM

In a huge victory for public health, today the Supreme Court issued its opinion in a case considering the EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution rule, which is designed to protect Americans from dangerous air pollution from coal-fired power plants.

In a 6-2 decision, the court delivered a resounding victory for...

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Students Sit-In, Rally to Get Washington University to Cut Ties With Peabody Coal

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 1:04 PM

If you're looking for clean energy inspiration, we've had lots of it this past week, courtesy of a phenomenal group of Washington University (St. Louis) students who are holding a sit-in until the school cuts ties with Peabody Energy, the world's largest coal company.

For almost two weeks now, students...

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