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Spartans Move Beyond Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 04.17.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Michigan State University announced that it will retire the largest on-campus coal plant in the U.S. by 2016 -- making it the 188th coal plant announced for retirement since the Beyond Coal campaign started in 2010.

The Best City Programs Promoting Electric Cars

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 04.10.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

State programs are important, but what can cities and towns do to accelerate a consumer switch to EVs?

Kate Sheppard

Bloomberg, Sierra Club Direct $60 Million To Closing Half Of U.S. Coal Plants By 2017

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Sierra Club and Michael Bloomberg are upping the ante in their effort to close down coal-fired power plants, announcing on Wednesday...

Doubling Down With Bloomberg Philanthropies to Replace Coal With Clean Energy

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 04.08.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

With this new support of $30 million over three years, we plan to double down on our past success and secure replacement of half the nation's coal plants with clean energy by 2017.

Kate Sheppard

Poll Finds Strong Majority Of Americans Support An International Climate Agreement

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new poll finds an overwhelming majority of Americans support an international agreement to cut planet-warming emissions. The poll f...

More Than 200 Rally for Clean Energy in Oregon

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.30.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

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.

5 Ways to Get the Masses Charged Up About Electric Cars

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

People already driving electric cars have fallen in love, as shown by off-the-charts customer satisfaction ratings. But for the vast majority of Americans who aren't yet driving electric, how do we get them charged up?

Polluters Again Challenge Common-Sense Public-Health Protections at the Supreme Court

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Today the Supreme Court will hear polluter arguments against the EPA's vital Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, a long-overdue protection that will help guard our families, air, water, and wildlife from dangerous toxic pollution that comes from coal plants. These vital protections are critically important to public health, and the polluters challenging them are putting lives at risk.

Global Wave of New Coal Plants Is Going Bust, New Report Finds

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.17.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Since 2010, for every coal plant completed worldwide, two proposed coal plants have been shelved or cancelled.

Detroit-Area Residents Demand Clean Air

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.13.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

For decades, the residents of River Rouge and surrounding communities have been living with severe air pollution from nearby coal plants, and together, they came out in force to pack a public hearing and call on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to put a plan in place that will finally clean up this pollution and correct a longstanding environmental injustice.

Court Ruling Means Cleaner Air for Millions of Americans

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.04.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California approved an important legal framework that serves as a big step toward providing relief for thousands of communities across the country now suffering from dangerous sulfur dioxide air pollution. The road map imposes deadlines for the EPA to identify areas that exceed the sulfur dioxide health standard.

President Obama to Get Every Kid in a Park

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 02.20.2015 | Green
Jackie Ostfeld

This week, President Obama unveiled the "Every Kid in a Park" initiative to connect children and their families with the great outdoors, ensuring millions of kids, regardless of where they live, have an opportunity to take that first step in nature.

North Carolina's Brevard College First in the Southeast to Divest

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.25.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

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!

How Many Electric Cars Do We Need to Save the Planet?

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

The U.S. needs 10 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025 to have a shot at avoiding the worst effects of climate change. But even AlterAction's sunniest market projection indicates that we'll have only 4 to 5 million EVs on the road by 2025 if we charge ahead at the current modest pace of growth.

Leading the Fight Against Illegal Logging

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Did you know that up to 30 percent of all wood traded globally has been obtained illegally? Around the world, illegal logging remains a serious problem, threatening communities, funding organized crime, and undercutting American jobs.

'Fighting for Our Right to Breathe'

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

"None of us should have to be here right now fighting for our right to breathe." That's what a young woman told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at a hearing this week about smog pollution, after boarding a bus with 100 high school students before dawn and traveling for hours to deliver her three minutes of testimony.

We'll Be There

Michael Brune | Posted 04.04.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

Wherever a community demands protection for their drinking water, we'll be there. Wherever a mother testifies that her kids can't breathe because of the coal plant in their neighborhood, we'll be there. We'll be there when the storms flood our cities, and we'll be there when the pipelines break and the oil trains spill.

Enbridge Gets Another Federal Tar Sands Crude Pipeline Permit As Senate Debates Keystone XL

Steve Horn | Posted 03.30.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

On January 16, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave Enbridge a controversial Nationwide Permit 12 green-light for its proposed Line 78 pipeline, set to bring heavy tar sands diluted bitumen ("dilbit") from Pontiac, Illinois to its Griffith, Indiana holding terminal.

Good News for the Arctic, But...

Michael Brune | Posted 03.30.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

Even though Obama wants climate action to be one of his presidency's chief legacies, he's not yet ready to base his policies on what actually needs to be done. In this case, he has taken two big steps forward with the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and then followed up with an ill-advised step backward on offshore drilling.

Ohioans Stand Up In Force To Oppose Bailing Out Old, Dirty Power Plants

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Why should we shell out billions to prop up harmful fossil fuels, when we could instead create thousands of good clean energy jobs that will protect the health and livelihoods of workers and communities?

Texas Coal Plants Are Polluting the Air Across Several States

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.16.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park in west Texas are places people visit when they want to reconnect with nature and...

Important Electric Car Lessons Cruising Under the Radar

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

A widespread switch to EVs is one key way to slash emissions, so our "charge" (sorry, pun intended) was to estimate the potential impact of EV policy and program options in order to identify which ones are most likely to increase EV sales.

Trending in the New Year: Americans' Love for Public Lands

Dan Chu | Posted 03.10.2015 | Green
Dan Chu

Hello 2015! At the start of the New Year I often find myself looking ahead to what may come, eagerly anticipating new opportunities and preparing for new challenges. Looking ahead also requires celebrating victories in 2014.

A Dozen Reasons 2014 Was Awesome for Clean Energy & Beyond Coal Victories

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.22.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

From small towns to big cities, we saw inspiring coalitions of diverse groups and organizations working together to protect communities from coal's pollution and ramp up clean energy.

New York's Grassroots Triumph

Michael Brune | Posted 02.18.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

In New York State, at least, sanity has prevailed. By banning fracking, Governor Andrew Cuomo has acted to protect his state's citizens from a rapacious industry whose presence would inevitably result in significant health and environmental consequences.