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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

5 Things I'm Thankful for This Season

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 4:19 PM

This year, when I sit down with my family here in West Virginia at our Thanksgiving table, I'll have a lot to be thankful for. I'm more hopeful than ever for my daughter's future, because this has been a landmark year in our efforts to shift the U.S. from coal...

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On Eve of Climate Talks, a Historic Week in the Shift Beyond Coal

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 3:44 PM

In the tug-of-war over the future of our climate and our planet, there have been some very big developments this week.

On Tuesday, the United Kingdom announced it will completely phase out coal throughout the country over the next decade, retiring over 20 gigawatts of coal-fired electricity. The UK, which...

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How We're Winning the Climate Fight, One Community at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 3:47 PM

Guess what? It's time to pack away your despair and cynicism on climate for good! This week, the Sierra Club and Bloomberg Philanthropies released a report that found our work to replace coal plants with clean energy has brought U.S. carbon emissions to the lowest levels since 1995. In...

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Five Scary Coal Industry Tricks This Halloween

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 5:24 PM

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, and as the mom of a five-year-old, it just keeps getting better. This year, the whole family is dressing up like rock stars, and I'm looking forward to a great night of fright here in our small West Virginia town.


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We Are Changing the World: New Report Finds U.S. Leads the World in Moving Beyond Coal

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 5:40 PM


This is what changing the world looks like. A new report out this week finds the U.S. leads the industrialized nations of the world in shifting away from coal, a feat even more remarkable because we are home to the world's biggest...

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Big Victory in Minnesota Will Retire Coal, Ramp up Wind and Solar

(3) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 3:58 PM


Only one day, after Sierra Club Minnesota and numerous partner organizations delivered more than 11,000 public comments to the state public utilities commission calling for less coal and more clean energy, Xcel Energy announced that it will retire two coal units...

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EPA Must Enact Strong Water Pollution Standards

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 2:58 PM

As we mark the beginning of fall, I look forward to some final days of paddling and wading into streams with my daughter near my home in West Virginia. But this fall also marks another important day for streams: on Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to issue new...

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70 Mayors to President Obama: We Support Strong Clean Air Protections Against Smog Pollution!

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 1:06 PM


If it's possible to love something else as much as the Pope's statements on climate this week, it's this: On Tuesday, 70 mayors from across the U.S. sent a letter to President Obama signaling their support for a strong clean air...

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A Grassroots Rebellion Makes the POLITICO50

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 1:34 PM


It's not every day that a grassroots rebellion makes it onto a list of game changers and influencers, but that's what just happened. Last week, Beyond Coal senior director Bruce Nilles and I were named to the POLITICO50, POLITICO's list of the...

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Fighting Back Against FirstEnergy's Coal Bailout

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 6:56 PM

Have I got a deal for you! How would you like an investment that promises you a guaranteed return on your equity of more than 11 percent, no matter what happens in the marketplace or how the company's product actually performs? Believe it or not, that's exactly the kind of...

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At Hearings Across West, Public Demands Federal Coal Leasing Reform

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 5:52 PM

In the Powder River Basin (PRB), everything seems larger than life. The impossibly blue skies stretch on forever over rolling grasslands speckled with buttes. At the height of summer, herds of pronghorn antelope mix with ranch cattle seeking shaded gullies in the almost-endless sagebrush.

Come around a bend in...

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How the Clean Power Plan is a Game-Changer for Clean Energy

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 7:38 PM

**Note:** This blog post is part of a series geared toward discussing the wide ranging impacts of the President's Clean Power Plan. Over the course of this week, Sierra Club experts are adding to this series of posts on Sierra Club's Compass blog with more posts on what's new in...

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Americans From Coast to Coast Cheer Major Climate Action Announced Today by President Obama, EPA

(4) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 5:10 PM

Today President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took a major step in the fight against climate disruption by releasing the Clean Power Plan. Until today, there were no limits on the amount of carbon pollution that power plants could dump into our air, wreaking havoc on our...

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#BumpDay: Ensuring Healthy Pregnancies by Fighting Big Coal's Mercury Pollution

(5) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 12:49 PM

My daughter Hazel is five-years-old now and about to start kindergarten this fall. I've loved watching her become the smart, adventurous, and loving little girl she is today. She's a tough kid, but I know I'll worry about her even when she's all grown up. It's what moms do.

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Beyond Coal Milestone: Coal Plant #200 Announced to Retire

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 2:17 PM

Today we reached another big milestone in our push to move beyond coal - the 200th coal plant to announce retirement in the United States since 2010. This is the latest major crossroads in what Politico recently called "the most extensive, expensive and effective campaign in the...

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Something's Changing in North Carolina: First Major Wind Project in the South Breaks Ground

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 4:34 PM

Big news from North Carolina -- today, wind company Iberdola and retail giant Amazon broke ground on a new wind farm in northeastern North Carolina that's not only the first major wind farm in the state, but the first major wind project in the South.

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Supreme Court Mercury Decision Threatens Public Health, But Won't Revive Big Coal

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 3:28 PM


Today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to send the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) back to EPA for further proceedings is a decision that endangers public health, but it won't revive the fortunes of Big Coal. These standards were designed...

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Coal Plant That Advocates Worked to Retire Will Become Clean-Powered Google Data Center

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 5:02 PM

Google announced this week that it will be opening its newest data center -- which will be 100 percent powered by renewable energy -- at the site of a soon-to-be retired Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) coal plant in Alabama that is being phased out thanks to the advocacy of...

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Power Plants Continue to Pollute Our Water; EPA Must Act

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 2:18 PM

Arsenic. Hexavalent chromium. Lead. Mercury. Do these sound like things you want in the glass of water you are about to drink? I'm guessing no, but power plants are discharging more than 5.5 billion pounds of these pollutants into our waterways every year.

A new report out today...

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Financial Dominoes Fall for Coal as Divestment Trends Gather Steam

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 1:30 PM


Fossil fuel divestment news filled my newsfeed over the past week, adding to a growing list of impressive divestment stories from the past year. Again and again, we see young people convincing their colleges to divest, activists convincing banks to divest, and shareholders...

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