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Obama's Climate Legacy and the Keystone XL Pipeline

Michael Marx | Posted 03.17.2013 | Green
Michael Marx

Rejecting Keystone XL must be the next step President Obama takes to reverse climate disruption. America can no longer wait to turn this crisis around. Climate solutions must be this president's legacy.

Becky: A Tribute to a Friend and a Hero

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.17.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This column was co-written by Beyond Coal Director Mary Anne Hitt and National Program Director Sarah Hodgdon.Each week in our blogs, we celebrate the...

Social Bankability, Solar Crowdfunders and Emerging Markets

Justin Guay | Posted 03.15.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

If we are going to avoid the worst impacts of climate change we need disruptive innovations that fundamentally alter the broken systems that continue to build out inequitable, fossil fueled societies.

Behind The Massive New Liberal Plan To Remake American Politics

Mother Jones | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics

It was the kind of meeting that conspiratorial conservative bloggers dream about. A month after President Barack Obama won reelection, top brass fr...

2012: A Great Year for a Bigger, Stronger, More Diverse, and More Effective Sierra Club

Michael Brune | Posted 03.06.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

The planet had a great year because American voters elected leaders and passed initiatives that will accelerate the move from dirty, economically questionable 19th century fossil fuels renewable energy sources that are rapidly leading us to a healthier, more prosperous future.

2013: Ground Zero for Fracking

Wade Norris | Posted 03.05.2013 | Denver
Wade Norris

This November, against all odds, the town of Longmont, Colorado, passed the first Fracking ban in CO. In support of the citizens of Longmont and to inform and encourage other communities in Colorado, Be the Change held a rally and performance event.

Resolving to get America Outdoors

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 02.19.2013 | Green
Jackie Ostfeld

Assuming that the popular interpretation of the Mayan calendar is wrong and that we will live to see another year, I am preparing my New Year's resolution. I pledge to get myself and the people I love outdoors more in 2013.

Moving Beyond Coal in 2012: By the Numbers

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.19.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

2012 has been a remarkable year. While millions of us were touched by the effects of coal pollution -- from contaminated waterways in Appalachia, to k...

Craig Newmark, Michael Brune, and Me: Recapping a Google Hangout

Stacy Bare | Posted 02.13.2013 | Green
Stacy Bare

This past Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, the Sierra Club hosted a Google+ Hangout with Sierra Club executive director, Michael Brune, craigslist and cr...

Fix the Senate Now

Michael Brune | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Michael Brune

Currently, many filibusters happen on motions to bring legislation up for debate -- not in the context of actual deliberation on bills. The U.S. Senate is often described as "the world's greatest deliberative body" -- so let's give the senators a chance to deliberate.

Bangladesh Hits 1 Million Solar Home Systems

Justin Guay | Posted 02.16.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

Here's our policy lesson in a nutshell: Bangladesh is the world's demonstration case for an off-grid clean energy access plan that delivers. Bihar and UP are the next phase that will take this approach to scale. Maybe, just maybe, 1.3 Billion people later, the message, small solar is big, will finally sink in.

New Soot Standard Will Protect Public Health, Environment

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.13.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

As a mom, I can't imagine how scary it would be to watch your child struggle to breathe. That's why I'm so thankful that today the Environmental Prote...

Massive Crowds Turning Out to Oppose Coal Exports

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.12.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

"It's not our job in the Northwest to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a dying fossil fuel industry."That's what a former West Virginian, who now ...

Time to Stand Up for Families and the Environment

Michael Brune | Posted 02.11.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

Rebuilding a strong middle class and creating a clean-energy economy won't happen by accident. It depends on making the right decisions as a nation. The problem, of course, is that those aren't the decisions that we've been making.

Bicoastal Clean-Energy Leadership

Michael Brune | Posted 02.09.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

No single "silver bullet" will solve the climate crisis. The good news, though, is that we have a clear objective to keep in our sights. All we need to do is keep moving away from dirty fuels and toward clean energy and sustainable transportation.

Why Making It in America Is Climate Smart

Carl Pope | Posted 02.09.2013 | Green
Carl Pope

If we decide that the steel we use in our cars and bridges and buildings is going to be American steel, we will care a lot about how much pollution it generates. If we import it from Korea, we are going to focus more on the price.

New Orleans Ninth-Ward Bayou Needs Funds To Bounce Back

Susan Buchanan | Posted 02.04.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Dec. 3, 2012 issue.) The feds and the state want to see Bayou Bienvenue in the Crescent ...

The Power of an Example: New Net-Zero Energy Office an Inspiration

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.04.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week I had the great pleasure of attending the grand opening of the first-ever net-zero energy office in Florida, which will serve as the Sierra ...

India's Coal Illusion

Justin Guay | Posted 02.03.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

Unless India thinks it can lock down a monopoly on the global market, good luck fueling that pipeline. Even Australia's grand plans to more than double its coal exports wouldn't put a dent in this import bill. Speaking of bills...

The Un-Conservation Congress

Michael Brune | Posted 02.02.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

The current Congress has demonstrated unrivaled proficiency at accomplishing nothing -- and it has "un-succeeded" most spectacularly when it comes to protecting public lands.

New Poll Finds Ratepayers Strongly Oppose Duke Energy Coal Boondoggle

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.30.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

As state regulators prepare to make a major decision on the future of a proposed Indiana coal plant with a $3.5 billion price tag, this week the Sierra Club and allies released a new poll and report showing that the public is strongly opposed to footing the bill for this over-budget boondoggle.

Ohio's Next Big Decision -- A Clean or Dirty Energy Future?

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.28.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Now that the presidential election is over, the people of Ohio are facing another important choice -- whether their state will embrace clean energy measures that will save money and lives, or continue wasting energy from polluting coal plants.

Worldwide, Communities Defying King Coal's Global Expansion

Justin Guay | Posted 01.20.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

For the past few years, the Beyond Coal campaign has been working with local activists across the United States to finally move our country off coal. But now coal companies are in a dead sprint to build 1,231 new dirty coal-fired power plants worldwide.

Digging Out in New Jersey

Michael Brune | Posted 01.20.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

Post-Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey shore resists description. Thousands of homes have been flooded or destroyed. Roads are ripped up. Boats sit incongruously in the middle of side streets or on train tracks. There is no heat, no gas, no power, no water.

Meet Uttar Pradesh, India's Next Distributed Solar Hotbed

Justin Guay | Posted 01.17.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

Much attention has been paid to the distributed clean energy revolution brewing in Bihar. But for all the hype generated by Minister Kumar, what's happening next door in Uttar Pradesh may be even more exciting.