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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

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

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 2:28 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 | 4:02 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 | 1:18 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 | 12:30 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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Massive New Proposed Federal Coal Leases Sound Alarm Bells

(9) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 4:22 PM

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has just made an under-the-radar decision that threatens to set back U.S. progress on clean energy and climate change. President Obama has made some big steps forward on clean energy, including the Clean Power Plan, which will reduce carbon pollution from power plants, and...

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A Victory in the Decades-Long Fight for Environmental Justice in the Gulf and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 3:18 PM

Suzie Canales never planned on going back home. But, when she saw what was happening to her family, her friends and her neighbors in her community, she could not stay away.

In 1999, Suzie visited Corpus Christi from Illinois at a time of tragedy. Her sister, Diana had passed away...

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Asheville Coal Plant to Retire After High-Profile, Three-Year Campaign

(2) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 3:40 PM

This week, I want to honor some of the most hard-working activists on our Beyond Coal campaign -- Team Asheville in North Carolina. After years of rallies, public meetings, educational forums, leadership from the Asheville City council, letter-writing and even a visit...
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Standing With Tribal Nations Opposing Coal Exports in the Pacific Northwest

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 3:06 PM

Otto Braided Hair speaks at a press conference against coal exports. He is a traditional leader from the Northern Cheyenne and does not represent the tribal government.. (Photo courtesy of Pyramid Communications)

"We collectively stand together to protect what we love; the earth is...

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Fighting for the Right to Breathe in Detroit and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 11:55 AM

The following guest post is an open letter to Detroit-based utility company DTE Energy, which is having its annual shareholder meeting this week. The letter was authored by Alisha Winters, a mother and community leader in River Rouge, Michigan, home to one of the DTE coal plants that contribute 85...

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New Congressional Scouting Report Reveals Who's Hitting Home Runs and Who's Striking Out for Clean Energy, Clean Air

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 2:40 PM

For so many, springtime means baseball season -- a nice evening out at the ballpark with a hot dog, peanuts, and a cold beverage. We all love a home run -- except when it's against our team, of course. So we here at the Sierra Club decided to mix...

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First U.S. Offshore Wind Project Breaks Ground

(10) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 3:25 PM

Deepwater Wind employees assemble pieces of the Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island.

Today the U.S. took another big step in the transition beyond coal to clean energy as the nation's first offshore wind project broke ground.

Block Island calls itself the "Last...

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Take Your Kids to Work... and Speak Up for Their Health

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 12:10 PM

Thousands of parents across the U.S. today are taking part in the annual "Take Your Child to Work Day." It's a great chance to show our sons and daughters just what we're up to every day while they're at school (or while they're home, if you work evenings), and maybe...

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Spartans Move Beyond Coal

(1) 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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