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Don't Blow It!

Michael Brune | Posted 01.14.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

It's one week after the election, and I have some friendly advice for every Republican in Congress: Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and renew the production tax credit for wind energy before it expires at the end of the year. Here are five reasons why.

Union of Concerned Scientists Report Finds One-Third of US Coal Plants Ripe For Retirement

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.13.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Today our friends at the Union of Concerned Scientists released an impressive report showing that as much as one-third U.S. coal plants are due for retirement because they are outdated, lack modern pollution controls, and can no longer compete in the marketplace with other forms of energy.

The Day After Veterans Day -- Still Saying Thank You

Stacy Bare | Posted 01.12.2013 | Impact
Stacy Bare

At the end of the day, as all veterans, I am a testament to the community that has taken me in, sheltered me from the storm when needed and encouraged me to brave the tempest when it was best course of action to advance my life.

Tuesday's Real Winners and Losers

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The real winners and losers are the constituents and causes who did battle on the ground and on the airwaves, and whose lives and livelihoods will be influenced by what happens over the next four years and beyond.

What Obama's Reelection Means for Coal, Climate Change, and America's Energy Future

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.07.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

President Obama's victory yesterday was a victory for clean energy, one that gives us a fighting chance to slash coal pollution and turn the corner on climate change.

India's Solar Revolution, Small is Big

Justin Guay | Posted 01.06.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

As Indian states line up exciting new solar policies the central question remains: To centralize or not to centralize? India will only get one chance to get its boom right.

Sierra Club Makes Case for Detroit's Support of Proposal 3

Patrick Geans-Ali | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Patrick Geans-Ali

As to be expected, there has been a lot of distortion around the Michigan Clean Energy ballot Proposal 3 in the weeks leading up to the election, confusing voters about one of the more meaningful proposals on the state-wide ballot this year.

Clean Energy on the Ballot: Fossil Fuel Companies Spending Big to Defeat Michigan Initiative

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.02.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Michigan can be a clean energy leader in the U.S. -- and jumpstart the economy of the Midwest -- if residents choose Proposal 3 to help create good clean energy jobs and protect public health.

Sandy: Impossible to Ignore

Michael Brune | Posted 01.02.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

The connection between climate change and catastrophes might still be dismissed by professional nutjobs in tinfoil hats, but it's painfully obvious to scientists, to insurance companies, increasingly, to the American people, and to my friends and family on the Jersey Shore.

Big Coal Bullying Prompts University to Destroy Artwork

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.30.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Threats and fear-mongering worked. Less than a year after "Carbon Sink" was installed, the university quietly and without public announcement removed the artwork.

Running Scared

Michael Brune | Posted 10.24.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

It's a pattern we are seeing all over the country. Big Coal, Big Oil, and other polluters are spending millions to force their agenda on the American people. But there's one thing their money can never buy -- the passion of our volunteers.

Obama's International Clean Energy Strategy, a Tale of Two Agencies

Justin Guay | Posted 12.22.2012 | Green
Justin Guay

With the clean energy market topping $263 billion globally, and a solar trade war raging, the ending to this tale is crucial for U.S. competitiveness in the technologies of the future.

You Don't Miss Your Water...

Michael Brune | Posted 12.19.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

"You don't miss your water till your well runs dry," goes the old soul chestnut. We can't afford to test that adage. Let's strengthen -- not weaken -- the Clean Water Act before it's too late.

Is Nature a Cure for Bullying?

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 12.19.2012 | Education
Jackie Ostfeld

Oh, no. What was he going to do? He wouldn't kick her while she was down. Would he? I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and began making my way towards Amanda. I was in charge. I had to protect her from this humiliation.

Powerful New Series Reveals the True Cost of Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.17.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The photos and videos in "The Cost of Coal" had a powerful effect on me. Watching kids suffer with asthma and other breathing issues triggered by air pollution, I imagined how painful it would be to see my own toddler daughter struggle to breathe.

Uniting Against Coal Exports in the Pacific Northwest

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.12.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

We must all stand together to ensure that, just as we are reducing our coal use here in the US, we don't just export that coal -- and that pollution -- to other countries, devastating local Northwest communities in the process.

Climate Change Is Definitely in the Michigan Air This Season

Patrick Geans-Ali | Posted 12.09.2012 | Detroit
Patrick Geans-Ali

This is a critical moment in the struggle to protect people and the planet from the unbridled excesses of industry. With the right policies in place, we can grow stronger local economies and healthier communities.

Washington, DC's Finest: Quentin James On Why Being Environmentally Conscious Is Sexy

Sakita Holley | Posted 10.07.2012 | Black Voices

Being earth conscious certainly feels like the cause du jour, but a recent study found that only nine percent of millennials say they've made an ...

LA Chooses Clean Energy Over Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.05.2012 | Los Angeles
Mary Anne Hitt

This is one of the biggest commitments any American city has made to move beyond coal and replace it with clean energy.

It's the Tuolumne, Stupid.

Mike Marshall | Posted 12.03.2012 | San Francisco
Mike Marshall

Currently, San Francisco uses Tuolumne River water to irrigate our golf courses, hose down our streets and wash our Muni buses. We must stop using so much of it. San Francisco can and should plan to do better.

Why Is The Sierra Club Going After One Of Its Allies?

| Posted 12.03.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Lance Williams The Sierra Club is spending $625,000 to defeat a Republican lawmaker wh...

Notorious Northern Virginia Coal Plant Officially Retires

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.02.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

All families across this nation deserve the same -- clean air, clean water, and a nation moving beyond coal.

U.S. Ex-Im Bank President Fred Hochberg Underwriting Destruction of The Great Barrier Reef, Again?

Justin Guay | Posted 11.28.2012 | Green
Justin Guay

The U.S. Export-Import Bank, and its president Fred Hochberg, have never met a coal project they don't like. At times it's so bad we don't know what century the institution thinks it is operating in.

New Wind Farm Is Nation's Largest, Means More Clean Energy, Jobs

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.26.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This massive wind farm is just one of dozens of clean energy projects that have gone onto the grid in 2012, which is shaping up to be a record year for clean energy, as coal use has dropped to record lows.

Republican Coal Bill: Just Another Attack on Public Health Protections

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.25.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

In a new package of bills, House leadership is taking aim at a staggering array of basic laws would weaken the Clean Air Act and eviscerate the protections of the Clean Water Act.