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It's Time to Choose on Climate

Michael Brune | Posted 11.29.2015 | Impact
Michael Brune

The power of the film is that it won't let us forget that it's within our power to avoid the worst consequences of climate change -- we need only choose to do so. That's important for all of us to remember, not just those who are tasked with reaching an agreement in Paris.

Public Support for Energy Access Should Be Clean

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 11.25.2015 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

Among coal companies, Peabody Coal has been particularly vocal in trying to convince the public that there's a place for coal in decreasing energy poverty. But coal is the wrong tool for the job for several key reasons.

Five Things I'm Thankful for This Season

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.24.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This year, when I sit down with my family here in West Virginia at our Thanksgiving table, I'll have a lot to be thankful for. I'm more hopeful than ever for my daughter's future, because this has been a landmark year in our efforts to shift the U.S. from coal to clean energy.

The WTO Just Dealt A Blow To U.S. Consumers And Dolphins

Ben Beachy | Posted 11.20.2015 | Green
Ben Beachy

The U.S. government should not give into pressure from a corporate-friendly trade organization to weaken or eliminate our dolphin-saving label. Instead, it should stand up for consumers and wildlife by negotiating a solution with Mexico that keeps the "dolphin-safe" label intact.

On Eve of Climate Talks, a Historic Week in the Shift Beyond Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.19.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

In the tug-of-war over the future of our climate and our planet, there have been some very big developments this week. On Tuesday, the UK announced it will completely phase out coal throughout the country over the next decade, retiring over 20 gigawatts of coal-fired electricity.

Why We Must Continue To Protect Our Lands Of The Free

Michael Brune | Posted 11.10.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

The fate of the public lands around the Grand Canyon hangs in the balance as time ticks away on a temporary ban on new uranium mines in the area. Right now, mining companies are challenging that ban in court.

After Text Release, Environmental Groups Speak Out on Trans-Pacific Trade Deal

Ilana Solomon | Posted 11.09.2015 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Yesterday, the U.S. finally unveiled the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. After seeing the text, more than a dozen conservation, ...

How We're Winning the Climate Fight, One Community at a Time

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.05.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Every day when I get to work, I can't believe I have the good fortune of spending my life working with this group of game-changers. It gives me boundless hope for my daughter's future.

U.S. Electric Sector Expected To Hit Lowest Emissions In 20 Years

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 11.04.2015 | Business

The U.S. electric sector is expected to hit its lowest carbon emissions since 1995 this year, partly due to the widespread closure of coal-power...

5 Scary Coal Industry Tricks This Halloween

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.30.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

I'm working with thousands of people to banish these ghouls and goblins, so that my daughter grows up in a world that isn't haunted by the specter of air pollution, water pollution, and climate chaos.

U.S. Illegal Timber Imports Are Down, But More Work Remains

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 10.28.2015 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Last week hardwood flooring giant Lumber Liquidators pleaded guilty before a federal judge in Norfolk, Virginia for importing illegally sourced wood into the U.S. It is also a strong message that the United States intends to crack down on the illegal timber trade using the Lacey Act.

How The U.S. Leads The World In Moving Beyond Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.22.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This report confirms what I've been living and breathing for many years now: Communities who want clean energy and no more dirty coal power are a force to be reckoned with.

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.