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

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 4:47 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 | 10:46 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 | 4:15 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 | 11:14 AM

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 | 3:24 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 | 1:42 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 | 2:58 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 | 2:18 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 | 3:43 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 | 12:24 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 | 12:04 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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Big Victory for Public Health: Court Upholds Mercury, Toxic Air Pollution Protections

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 11:25 AM

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld limits on dangerous emissions of mercury and toxic air pollution from power plants. This was a big victory for clean air, clean water, and the health of our families. The court decision keeps in place the U.S. Environmental...

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Time for Congress to Act and Save Clean Energy Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 2:22 PM

Today, the US Senate is casting a vote critical to the future of the U.S. wind industry. Wind power has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and the wind industry now employs more than 80,000 Americans and generates enough electricity to power 15 million homes. Wind is providing...

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Inhaling Ozone Is Like Getting a Sunburn on Your Lungs

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 2:39 PM

I can only imagine the fear that must grip a parent when their child suffers an asthma attack, and I can only imagine how much time and energy they spend doing everything they can to avoid triggers for these potentially deadly attacks. A major trigger is smog pollution -- also...

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North Carolinians Want Coal Ash Safeguards Now

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 4:07 PM

The controversy continues almost two months after a Duke Energy spill of toxic coal ash into the Dan River. First, the Waterkeeper Alliance discovered Duke Energy dumping some 61 million gallons of coal ash wastewater into yet another waterway - the Cape Fear River. Duke Energy has been cited...

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Victory in Georgia: Students Continue to Make Progress Against Campus Coal Plants

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 12:23 PM

I am thrilled for students at the University of Georgia: After more than four years of campaigning, gathering more than 5,000 signatures and 100 faculty endorsements, and a slew of community and campus events, the UGA Beyond Coal Campaign is seeing some serious results. Last week the UGA administration...

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Agencies Dodge Responsibility for Human Cost of Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 2:09 PM

This week, we got some disappointing news - a judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers isn't responsible for considering the health effects of coal pollution when it issues permits to fill valleys with rubble from mountaintop-removal coal mines. As Appalachian residents continue to suffer every year from well-documented...

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Our Last Coal Ash Spill: No More Delays for Coal Water Pollution Protections

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 1:50 PM

Last week, security guards at Duke Energy's Charlotte headquarters blocked me from delivering 9,000 petitions signed by Duke customers calling on the company to clean up its toxic coal ash, in the wake of a spill that decimated 70 miles of the Dan River. It was the culmination of a...

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New Poll, Rally Show WV, NC and Beyond are Fed Up With Coal Industry's Pollution

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 11:03 AM

West Virginians hold the coal industry responsible for air and water contamination in the state, and they are tired of the stranglehold they believe the industry's lobbyists have on state politics.

That's just one of many powerful findings of a new poll out today about the aftermath of the...

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Enough Is Enough: Coal Pollution Spills Reveal a Water Safety Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 12:24 PM

When it comes to rivers and clean, safe water, you don't know what you've got until it's gone. Hundreds of thousands of people have learned that the hard way over recent weeks, after a dangerous coal chemical spilled into the Elk River in West Virginia's capitol city, and then toxic...

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