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Report: Midwest Generation To Close All Of Its Illinois Coal Plants

Posted 03.05.2012 | Chicago

On the heels of news that its two Chicago coal-fired plants will close in the near future, Midwest Generation is reportedly considering closing each o...

Looking Beyond the Numbers

Michael Brune | Posted 04.30.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

Today's 100th coal plant retirement is an important milestone, but we still have a lot of road ahead. Our goal is to retire one-third of the country's dirty coal plants by 2020 -- and replace them with clean-energy alternatives.

Historic Victory: Coal Free Chicago Will Electrify Clean Energy Movement

Jeff Biggers | Posted 04.30.2012 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

If Chicago, once hailed as the "world's largest market of coal," can go coal free, the rest of the nation must surely be close behind them.

Historic Progress on the Environment Under President Obama

Frances Beinecke | Posted 04.17.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Even in the face of a year of unprecedented and unrelenting congressional assault on the environment, President Obama has proven that prosperity fits hand-in-hand with clean air and clean water, and strong public health protections.

WATCH: 16 Greenpeace Protesters Arrested While Occupying Coal Plant

Posted 02.13.2012 | Green

Protesters from Greenpeace demonstrated against "the destruction and pollution caused by coal" at a North Carolina power plant on Monday, according to...

The Gift Of Good Health

Javier Sierra | Posted 03.18.2012 | Latino Voices
Javier Sierra

According to a LULAC study, almost 30 percent of Hispanics live dangerously close to a coal-fired plant.

Lynne Peeples

EPA's Air Toxics Standards A 'Great Victory,' Say Public Health And Environmental Advocates | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.21.2011 | Green

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled historic new rules on Wednesday that would limit the mercury, arsenic and other toxic pollutants in ...

Why the EPA's Forthcoming Power Plant Rule Is a Big Deal

Corbin Hiar | Posted 02.15.2012 | Green
Corbin Hiar

It's an important moment for Americans who eat fish or use electricity. After more than two decades of delays, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is poised to issue a new regulation restricting some power plant emissions that have polluted the nation's air and water.

Chicago Can't Wait, Mayor Emanuel: Residents Unveil City Hall Exhibit on Human Costs of Deadly Coal-Fired Plants

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.01.2012 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

Calling for an end to the deadly and costly pollution from the Fisk and Crawford plants on the west side of Chicago, neighborhood families supporters posted photos of their affected children, elderly and businesses at City Hall.

Dr. Robert D. Bullard: Justice for Our Children

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 01.17.2012 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Our talk covered topics from the genesis of his career as the "Father of Environmental Justice," to the role that women and mothers have played in the struggle for the health of the planet.

WATCH: Breakdancers Protest Coal Across NYC

Posted 11.02.2011 | Green

Across New York City, a mob of breakdancers recently took to the streets to tell the city that it needs to move "beyond coal." The dancers, who wor...

Chandra Brown: Fighting Pollution in Southern Georgia

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.02.2011 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

According to Chandra Brown, the heritage of southern Georgia's "primordial" river system was one of pristine beauty -- without much industry. But as more factories started to locate in the area in the 1970s, the situation began to change drastically.

Heartland Coal Crisis: Illinois Bankrolls Big Coal School Program? Interview With Eco-Justice Leader Lan Richart

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.22.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Illinois has been pushing a misleading and downright shameless Big Coal-approved curriculum and educational activities on children and their teachers around the state.

Mercury, Seafood, and the Wall Street Journal

Carl Safina | Posted 08.07.2011 | Green
Carl Safina

A recent Wall Street Journal op-ed accuses the EPA of fabricating evidence to support their proposed rule to limit mercury and other toxic emissions. That's quite a claim.

Will Chicago Aldermen Make Clean Energy History or Disappear Into Big Coal's Shadow Tomorrow?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 06.20.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

Last week's fatal coal train wreck in Iowa was a tragic reminder of the stunning human and environmental cost of coal burning in the Windy City. That could all change on Thursday, April 21st.

Heart of Stone

Javier Sierra | Posted 06.08.2011 | Green
Javier Sierra

The bill, or rather this legislative outrage, would keep the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from adopting guidelines to keep pesticide discharges out of our waterways. And to make matters worse, they called it "The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act."

India's Coal Rush and Form of Mountaintop Removal: Interview with Jharkhand Leader Bulu Imam

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Despite India's high profile in the recent Cancun climate talks and New Delhi's declaration of its coal free future last year, the rising energy deman...

So what's EPA up to with its CO2 regulations?

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

Reprinted with permission from Ever since EPA announced its plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from "stationary sources" (power plan...

New Mexico May Adopt Cap-And-Trade Plan

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico regulators are set to decide Tuesday whether to adopt a state proposal that would establish a cap-and-trade progr...

Rahm, Carol, Tom, Luis and Rev. Meeks: Chicago's Next Green Mayor Will Join Sunday's Clean Air Race

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

All candidates in Chicago's mayoral race have one thing in common: Like millions of afflicted Chicago residents, they're all breathing the same canker...

Greening of Hypocrisy

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Francis

The campaign against Alberta's oil sands escalated last week by a group calling itself Corporate Ethics International which is neither international nor ethical.

Chicago's Growing Clean Power Campaign Becomes Ground Zero for National Environmental/Citizens Groups

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

How green is Chicago? Thanks to a growing ward-by-ward grassroots campaign for clean energy, the Windy City has attracted the attention of national ...

Fortune Brainstorm Green 2010: A Conference for the Environment

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

We need an official, approved and legislated policy on carbon reduction and we need it now.

Dark Secret of World Water Day: Coal-Fired Plants Drink 1.5 Trillion Gallons, Then We Drink Backwash

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Here's a sobering fact on World Water Day: Coal-fired power plants use approximately 1.5 trillion gallons of water a year in the US. In many respe...

The Clean Coal Con

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

"Clean coal" may be a swell marketing label, but there are many other aspects of the fuel cycle of coal which make it dirty, destructive and harmful to health and the environment.