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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.

Standing With Tribal Nations Opposing Coal Exports in the Pacific Northwest

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.21.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

I was honored and inspired to stand with nine tribal nations from the Pacific Northwest as they came together in Seattle to sign a declaration urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny a permit for North America's largest coal export terminal, the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal in the Salish Sea.

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Groups Sue Over Oil Train Rules, Cite Amtrak Crash

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Environmental groups are suing the Obama administration over recently announced rules for transporting oil by rail, arguing they allow u...

Fighting for the Right to Breathe in Detroit and Beyond

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The following guest post is an open letter to Detroit-based utility company DTE Energy, which is having its annual shareholder meeting this week. The ...

Brother of Hillary Clinton's Top Campaign Aide Lobbied for Fracked Gas Export Terminal Co-Owned by Qatar

Steve Horn | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Anthony "Tony" Podesta began lobbying in late 2013 on behalf of a company co-owned by ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum aiming to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the global market.

New Congressional Scouting Report Reveals Who's Hitting Home Runs and Who's Striking Out for Clean Energy, Clean Air

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Springtime means baseball season -- a nice evening out at the ballpark with a hot dog, peanuts, and a cold beverage. We all love a home run -- except when it's against our team, of course. So we here at the Sierra Club decided to mix baseball and politics to make it clear just who's playing on the polluters' team and who's on the side of clean air and clean water protections.

First U.S. Offshore Wind Project Breaks Ground

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.27.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Block Island calls itself the "Last Great Place," but this small island 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island is first in the hearts of environmentalists and clean energy advocates across the nation today. Big things are happening just off the shore of that little island.