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

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.08.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

I know just how much work Minnesotans have put in over the years to pressure Xcel and other state utilities to build more clean energy.

Could Electric Cars Save Volkswagen?

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 10.01.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

VW made its Beetle wildly successful as "the car of the hippie movement." And ever since, VWs have been to a more or less extent the cars of the counter culture.

Obama Administration Releases Final Ozone Rule, Pleasing No One

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency released a contentious and long-awaited new limit on ozone pollution Thursday, and it's not likely ...

Biggest Mass Mobilization for Clean Energy Solutions in 2015: for Electric Vehicles

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 09.30.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

National Drive Electric Week was founded on the idea that nothing converts gasoline-car drivers to electric vehicle (EV) owners faster than conversations with existing EV owners and test-drives in these quiet, powerful and clean vehicles.

EPA Must Enact Strong Water Pollution Standards

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 09.29.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

If you're a parent like me who loves to watch your child play in the local stream or lake, this information is infuriating and scary. The same goes if you're a wildlife lover, or some who just enjoys the outdoors and believes our waterways should remain safe and healthy.

Shell Shocker?

Michael Brune | Posted 09.28.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

Nothing brightens a Monday morning like this kind of news: "Shell pulls the plug on Arctic exploration." With a single headline, the fight to protect the Arctic from a major offshore oil spill has reached the best kind of ending.

Meatless Monday: "Cowspiracy" -- "The One Thing No One Talks About"

Ellen Kanner | Posted 09.28.2015 | Green
Ellen Kanner

The topic is so hot, their funding got pulled. To get the word out, the "Cowspiracy" team put a lot of skin and a lot of money in the project. They self-funded "Cowspiracy" with the support of an Indiegogo campaign. Says Kuhn, "We put everything on the table we could to fit into the film."

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

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 09.25.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

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 protections against smog pollution.

Hope and Redemption

Michael Brune | Posted 09.24.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

The same week that brought us the pope's inspiring message of hope also uncovered the worst kind of cynicism.

A Grassroots Rebellion Makes the POLITICO50

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 09.18.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Whether you've stood up and stood with us over the past decade to save a life, a river, a neighborhood, a mountain, or our climate from coal pollution, this honor belongs to you, too.

From Ben to Beneficial

Michael Brune | Posted 09.17.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

Without realizing it, many of us are helping out the giant corporations that want to extract and burn every last bit of coal, oil, and gas on the planet.

At the 'Tip of the Spear' for Solar in Virginia: Tony Smith

Jim Pierobon | Posted 09.09.2015 | Green
Jim Pierobon

A handful of individuals and their organizations have persevered to develop pathways for cost-effective solar energy in Virginia, a state where utilities are widely viewed to be undermining the adoption of solar by their customers.

Fighting Back Against FirstEnergy's Coal Bailout

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 09.03.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

How would you like an investment that promises you a guaranteed return on your equity of more than 11 percent no matter how the company actually performs? That's exactly the kind of sweetheart deal that FirstEnergy is trying to lock in on the backs of Ohio customers.

At Hearings Across West, Public Demands Federal Coal Leasing Reform

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 09.02.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The PRB, stretching from northeast Wyoming into southern Montana, generates 40 percent of our nation's coal, more than any other region. Much of this coal comes from taxpayer-owned public lands. So why are coal companies being given a sweetheart deal to extract it?

Kosovo's Battle for Clean Air and Energy

Lauren Burke | Posted 09.01.2015 | Green
Lauren Burke

At this stage, it is fair to question what it will take for Kosovo and the World Bank to reach an inflection point and consider more economical alternatives to coal.

Getting Wild: This Latina Finally Gets to Experience the Thrill of the Outdoors

Ana Beatriz Cholo | Posted 08.26.2015 | Latino Voices
Ana Beatriz Cholo

So much was off-limits to me because of my culture and my traditional parents. I was not allowed to have sleepovers or sleep at anyone's house. When I wanted to skateboard, I was firmly told no. That was for boys. Besides, good girls stay home to mind their business, but boys could stay out because, well, they were boys. It was their birthright.

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

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 08.26.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The final Clean Power Plan is the most significant single action any president has taken to date to tackle climate disruption. It establishes the first-ever set of national carbon limits on power plants, our biggest source of the pollution that's throwing our climate into chaos

Floored: The True Cost of Unenforced Trade Deals

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 08.24.2015 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

The lack of enforcement of the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement has allowed the illegal timber trade to flourish and has put our environment, climate, businesses and consumer rights at risk. And now the United States is negotiating a new free trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), that includes the U.S., Peru, and ten other countries.

Judges Nixing Keystone XL South Cases Had Tar Sands-Related Oil Investments

Steve Horn | Posted 08.14.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

On August 4, the U.S. Appeals Court for the 10th Circuit shot down the Sierra Club's petition for rehearing motion for the southern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline. The decision effectively writes the final chapter of a years-long legal battle in federal courts.

Los Angeles Pioneers Electric Car-Sharing for Low-Income Residents

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 08.13.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

California state Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon recently announced a new electric vehicle car-sharing grant for the City of Los Angeles that will make zero emission driving available to low-income residents.

The Untold Story Behind the Clean Power Rule

Carl Pope | Posted 08.11.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

Armies engage in mopping-up operations only after they secure victory, and the CPP did not spring like Venus from the brow of President Obama last week -- there's a long history here. The CPP is the keystone of one of the most dramatic and fundamental economic restructures in history.

Americans Are Cheering Major Climate Action Announced Today By President Obama, EPA

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 08.03.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This is the U.S. taking the lead on climate action, and with the international climate meetings happening this fall in Paris, it is a powerful example for other countries to follow, and it's already bringing other nations to the table with strong plans of their own.

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

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 07.22.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This Bump Day, I pledge to keep fighting for clean air and water so pregnant moms everywhere have one less issue to worry about as they try to make sure their babies are healthy. We are counting on the EPA to ensure that the coal industry's progress in cleaning up its noxious pollution isn't stalled any further.

Grassroots Power: A Key Part of Winning on Trade

Courtenay Lewis | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Courtenay Lewis

We can only truly win the fight to stop dangerous trade deals and rules if we don't give up, keep building on this incredible movement, and recognize that even in the face of a fast track loss, the even bigger wins are ahead.

Bernie Sanders Is Against Keystone XL. Hillary Clinton Was 'Inclined' to Approve It. Why the Difference?

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The Sierra Club calls Keystone XL a "climate disaster." Therefore, when a presidential candidate once "inclined" to green-light the pipeline hires someone who was also a "major Keystone lobbyist," Democrats should inquire as to the reasoning of such a curious decision.