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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

How EPA's Haze Rule Can Help Keep Our Air Clear

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 8:22 PM

If our air isn't clean, our communities can't be healthy.

I grew up just outside Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the gateway community to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where my dad worked as the chief scientist. Growing up in the Smokies, clean air was essential to the health of the...

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US Government Upholds Its Treaty Obligations - Rejects Giant Coal Export Terminal

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 4:43 PM

This is big - for our climate, for clean air and water, for our future. It's also big because the US government is honoring its treaty obligations. After a five-year struggle that engaged hundreds of thousands of people, on Monday the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a...

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Marching for Clean Air in Philadelphia

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 10:46 AM

Earlier this week I heard some very powerful and sad stories from two residents of Philadelphia. Teresa Hill spoke about her children's and grandchildren's struggles with asthma while living in the city. Then Vietnam veteran Sgt. Gerald Brown gave a very moving speech about losing a granddaughter to respiratory disease....

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Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign Crosses 100,000 MW Milestone for America's Clean Energy Transition

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 3:29 PM

After over a decade of tireless advocacy from our Beyond Coal campaign and more than 100 allied organizations, America just crossed one of its biggest clean energy transition milestones yet: the announced retirement of more than 100,000 megawatts (MW) of coal power since 2010 -- enough to prevent 100,792 asthma...

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The Untold Grassroots History of Iowa's Clean Energy Transformation

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 4:34 PM

Mark Kresowik will never forget Merle Bell, the Iowa farmer whose property near Waterloo, which had been in his family for more than 100 years, was to be the site of a proposed coal plant.

"Merle wanted to see his kids and grandkids inherit their farm, but had...

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Peabody's Bankruptcy: A Giant Falls, But Its Obligations Remain

(5) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 10:30 AM

This week, a giant that had been teetering for many months finally fell, as Peabody Coal officially declared bankruptcy. For market watchers around the globe, this was a decisive movement in the long decline of an industry that once seemed invincible -- the New York Times called it...

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Everything's Bigger in Texas - Including Air Pollution Problems

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 4:13 PM

A good day and a bad air pollution day at Big Bend National Park. (Image courtesy of Big Bend National Park's webcam)

Earlier this month, the Sierra Club stepped in to fight big polluters who are attempting to halt the...

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Florida's Dirtiest Coal Plant Putting Water Supply at Risk

(5) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 10:38 AM

I normally think of Florida as a sunny, pristine place - but this latest news from our Florida Beyond Coal campaign is very unsettling. Lakeland - a city roughly halfway between Tampa and Orlando, is the home of the C.D. McIntosh coal plant. The plant is already linked to contaminated...

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Taking the Struggle for Clean Air and Water to Washington, DC

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 4:39 PM


Earlier this month I had the pleasure of speaking before more than 30 Sierra Club Beyond Coal volunteers and staff who flew to Washington, DC, for training and in-person meetings with members of Congress. Participants joined from states critical to our effort to...

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Western Leaders Win Big Over Nation's Biggest Planned Coal Mine

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 6:29 PM

Let's start this victory column with a staggering number: For years Arch Coal had its eyes set on mining upwards of 1.3 billion tons of coal from Montana's Otter Creek coal reserves -- a move that would create the largest new coal strip mine in the US. The company had...

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Oregon Makes History with Legislation to Replace Coal with Clean Energy

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 2:01 PM

On Wednesday, the Oregon state legislature passed a bill that is one of most significant actions ever taken in the United States on climate change and clean energy.

The bill, titled the "Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan", will move Oregon completely off coal by 2030 -...

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As Communities Suffer, Coal Ash Safeguards Under Attack

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 11:31 AM

"When I learned about one of the Environmental Protection Agency's coal ash waste risk assessments stating that living near a wet coal ash pond was significantly more dangerous than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, my heart just dropped. It is incomprehensible that in 2016 corporate companies are still...

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New York Sets a New Standard for Clean Energy, Climate Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 10:54 AM

New York is rocketing to the forefront of clean energy and climate leadership. In January, Governor Cuomo pledged to move New York off coal for good, an announcement that came after years of advocacy and hard work by leaders at all levels across the state.

This isn't just a...

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EPA Releases List of Communities with Dangerous Air Pollution

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 3:22 PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took an important, long overdue step today to better protect some of our communities from dangerous levels of sulfur dioxide air pollution, but they've left others still holding their breath.

Sulfur dioxide pollution, which largely comes from coal plants, is a very...

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Despite Supreme Court, Clean Energy and Climate Progress Are Full Speed Ahead

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 1:22 PM

Let's make one thing perfectly clear - while the Supreme Court's recent decision to put a temporary hold on the Clean Power Plan was disappointing, it won't revive the fortunes of the coal industry, slow the transition to clean energy, or cripple progress toward meeting the climate commitment...

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Coal Bankruptcy 101: Companies Are Leaving Workers and Communities in the Lurch

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 2:21 PM

Coal company bankruptcies have been making headlines in 2016, as the nation shifts to clean energy, and that has left many people worried and wondering about what it means for the workers, communities, mountains, and streams that are in danger of being left behind. Bankruptcy proceedings are a...

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Five Things You Should Know About President Obama's Coal Leasing Moratorium

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 10:16 AM

When President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a suspension of pending federal coal leases and a top-to-bottom review of the long broken coal program, we cheered.

Digging past the headline, here are important implications about what this proposal means for the climate, the economy, and our...

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2016 Beyond Coal Outlook - A Big Year Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 2:39 PM

If the first two weeks of 2016 are any indication, 2016 is shaping up to be a very big year for the US to make the shift beyond coal, to clean energy. From Oregon to New York, and from Wall Street to Main Street, it feels like there has been...

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Hope in Paris

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 11:19 AM

This week I'm in Paris for events around the international climate summit. It's an honor to be here at all, but it's even better to be here representing the powerhouse grassroots movement that's moving America beyond coal.

Here in Paris,...

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5 Things I'm Thankful for This Season

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 3:19 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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