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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.

Blue Skies

Michael Brune | Posted 07.15.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

Our responsibility to end the suffering caused by coal brings with it a singular opportunity to build something better to take its place.

Beyond Coal Milestone: Coal Plant #200 Announced to Retire

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 07.15.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Every week, the transition from coal to clean energy is moving from the improbable to the inevitable. Over the past five years the Beyond Coal campaign has phased out a coal-fired power plant every 10 days.

Iowa Utility Will Phase Out Coal At 5 Plants, In Milestone For Sierra Club

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

An Iowa utility will phase out coal at five plants in the state under a settlement announced Wednesday by the Department of Justice and the Environmen...

You Might be Surprised How Soon You'll be Driving an Electric Car

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 07.14.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Some things in this world happen slowly: water boiling, finding the bathroom at a concert, Mondays. But one thing that doesn't is innovation in the electric car industry; this happens fast.

Something's Changing in North Carolina: First Major Wind Project in the South Breaks Ground

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 07.14.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Big news from North Carolina -- today, wind company Iberdola and retail giant Amazon broke ground on a new wind farm in northeastern North Carolina that's not only the first major wind farm in the state, but the first major wind project in the South.

Coal Plant That Advocates Worked to Retire Will Become Clean-Powered Google Data Center

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.27.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

It's one of the most powerful, inspiring examples yet of the energy transformation that we're driving all across this nation, and if done right, it could also provide an economic boost for Widows Creek workers and the local community.

This Is What Asthma Feels Like for Marylanders

Earthjustice | Posted 07.21.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

While the governor drags his heels, Marylanders across the state struggle to survive during bad ozone days.

On the Road to Red Rock

Michael Brune | Posted 06.19.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

On the road again! School was hardly out before the family and I had our camping gear packed into the rental minivan. Time for another western adventure to visit and learn about some of the public lands that the Sierra Club and others are working to protect.

Power Plants Continue to Pollute Our Water; EPA Must Act

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.17.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Arsenic. Hexavalent chromium. Lead. Mercury. Do these sound like things you want in the glass of water you are about to drink? I'm guessing no, but power plants are discharging more than 5.5 billion pounds of these pollutants into our waterways every year.

In San Diego and Elsewhere, Cleaner Driving and Cleaner Air within Sight

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 06.12.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

To get more people driving EVs, we need to make them more well-known, affordable, and accessible.

Financial Dominoes Fall for Coal as Divestment Trends Gather Steam

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Fossil fuel divestment news filled my newsfeed over the past week, adding to a growing list of impressive divestment stories from the past year. Again and again, we see young people convincing their colleges to divest, activists convincing banks to divest, and shareholders convincing companies to divest.

Massive New Proposed Federal Coal Leases Sound Alarm Bells

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

At a time when scientists and policy experts around the globe are sounding the alarm about the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground in order to stave off the worst effects of climate disruption, why is the U.S. Bureau of Land Management looking to lock in billions of tons of climate pollution that industry doesn't need and the market can't sustain?

A Victory in the Decades-Long Fight for Environmental Justice in the Gulf and Beyond

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.22.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Suzie Canales never planned on going back home. But, when she saw what was happening to her family, her friends and her neighbors in her community, she could not stay away.

Cash on the Hood of an Electric Car

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 05.21.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

This week Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut wisely announced a new electric car rebate program that gives a more immediate discount than any other state has provided to date; you get the rebate right at the dealership, whether you're leasing or buying the car. In the car-selling world, they call that "cash on the hood of the car."

Asheville Coal Plant to Retire After High-Profile, Three-Year Campaign

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.21.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week, I want to honor some of the most hard-working activists on our Beyond Coal campaign -- Team Asheville in North Carolina. After years of rallies, public meetings, educational forums, leadership from the Asheville City council, letter-writing and even a visit from the TV star Ian Somerhalder on Tuesday, all that hard work paid off.