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Taking the Struggle for Clean Air and Water to Washington, DC

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.30.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

In one day of their visit to Washington, DC, the Beyond Coal activists ended up attending approximately 10 Senate meetings, 25 House meetings and drop-bys, and more than five constituent coffees. And all of them returned home energized.

Report: The Money Wasted On Stranded Coal Assets Could End World Energy Poverty

Nicole Ghio | Posted 03.29.2016 | Green
Nicole Ghio

Instead of solving a global crisis, those trillion dollars may go down the drain, supporting potentially stranded assets in the dying coal industry.

What has humankind done for planet Earth?

Christina Laughlin | Posted 03.21.2016 | Green
Christina Laughlin

Sitting here, overlooking the canyon behind my house on a Saturday morning, I watch as two hawks fly over head. Then, across the canyon, there is rust...

Western Leaders Win Big Over Nation's Biggest Planned Coal Mine

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.15.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Let's start this victory column with a staggering number: For years Arch Coal had its eyes set on mining upwards of 1.3 billion tons of coal from Montana's Otter Creek coal reserves -- a move that would create the largest new coal strip mine in the US.

Oregon Makes History with Legislation to Replace Coal with Clean Energy

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.03.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

On Wednesday, the Oregon state legislature passed a bill that is one of most significant actions ever taken in the United States on climate change and clean energy.

As Communities Suffer, Coal Ash Safeguards Under Attack

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.02.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

"When I learned about one of the Environmental Protection Agency's coal ash waste risk assessments stating that living near a wet coal ash pond was si...

New York Sets a New Standard for Clean Energy, Climate Leadership

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.25.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

New York is rocketing to the forefront of clean energy and climate leadership. In January, Governor Cuomo pledged to move New York off coal for good, ...

Our National Parks - A Lifetime of Adventure

Dan Chu | Posted 02.24.2016 | Green
Dan Chu

Last year, visitation to our nation's more than 400 national parks hit an all-time high of 300 million visitors, generating jobs and economic opportunities for millions of Americans.

EPA Releases List of Communities with Dangerous Air Pollution

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.17.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took an important, long-overdue step today to better protect some of our communities from dangerous levels of sulfur dioxide air pollution, but they've left others still holding their breath.

Celebrating the California Desert National Monument

Dan Chu | Posted 02.12.2016 | Green
Dan Chu

The year 2015 was full of amazing things, and thanks to today's bold action by President Obama, 2016 is shaping up to be another great year for America's public lands.

Despite Supreme Court, Clean Energy and Climate Progress Are Full Speed Ahead

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.11.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

With grassroots power and market forces on our side, the US will remain on track to meet our Paris commitments in the electric sector.

More Than Just a Pretty Place

Michael Brune | Posted 02.04.2016 | Green
Michael Brune

Sierra Club members were excited when the National Park Service was created in 1916, and today we're more than ready to celebrate this centennial. At the same time, though, we want to join the Park Service in using this milestone as an opportunity to think about what we want the next 100 years to look like for America's national parks, monuments and historic places.

Federal Judge Sentences Lumber Liquidators to Probation, $13 Million in Fines for Smuggling Timber

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 02.01.2016 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Today's sentence marks the end of a multi-year investigation in which the Department of Justice found that Lumber Liquidators imported products made of wood harvested illegally in Russia, including timber cut from Siberian tiger habitat.

House Investigates Flint Water Crisis, But The Governor Isn't On The Invite List

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, on Feb. 3. But the list of witnesses does not ...

Coal Bankruptcy 101: Companies Are Leaving Workers and Communities in the Lurch

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.28.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Coal company bankruptcies have been making headlines in 2016, as the nation shifts to clean energy, and that has left many people worried and wondering about what it means for the workers, communities, mountains, and streams that are in danger of being left behind.

TransCanada Grasps at Straws in the Face of Defeat

Sierra Club Environmental Law Program | Posted 01.25.2016 | Green
Sierra Club Environmental Law Program

Photo credit: "Youth Against KXL Pipeline 3/2/14" by Susan Melklsethlan licensed under CC BY 2.0. By Eric Huber, Sierra Club Senior Managing Attorney...

Five Things You Should Know About President Obama's Coal Leasing Moratorium

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.22.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

When President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a suspension of pending federal coal leases and a top-to-bottom review of the long broken coal program, we cheered.

2016 Beyond Coal Outlook - A Big Year Ahead

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.15.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

If the first two weeks of 2016 are any indication, 2016 is shaping up to be a very big year for the US to make the shift beyond coal, to clean energy.

The Corporation Behind Keystone XL Just Laid Bare the TPP's Threats to Our Climate

Ben Beachy | Posted 01.07.2016 | Green
Ben Beachy

TransCanada, the notorious fossil fuel corporation behind the ill-fated Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, just made abundantly clear the threats that the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal would pose to our communities, our climate, and our clean air and water, if approved.

ExxonMobil, Peabody Coal Lobbying for Bill Preventing Climate Change Accounting in US Trade Deals

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe day before global leaders and diplomats passed a climate change deal in Paris at the United Nations climate summit, th...

Starbucks' Deforestation-Free Pledge Not Worth Beans

Elliott Negin | Posted 12.17.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

Starbucks has a bigger problem than the controversy over its new red holiday cup. It's still buying palm oil and other agricultural products that might be linked to tropical forest destruction, and a coalition of science, environmental and labor organizations isn't happy about it.

Biggest Environmental Moment in History?

Carl Pope | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

Beyond ratifying the substantial, but inadequate, voluntary national commitments to lower climate emissions, which had already emerged as the first major Paris contribution to climate progress, the final Paris agreement opened three major avenues for climate advocates and solutions.

We Need More Green-Collar Jobs

George Gresham | Posted 12.12.2015 | Green
George Gresham

We must also ensure that there are low-cost training and continuing education opportunities for workers to transition from the fossil fuel industry into good, green-collar union jobs. We need a just and fair transition so that working people, their families and communities are protected and supported as we move toward a clean energy economy.

Hope in Paris

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.03.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The bottom line is no matter what path you take to a safe climate, all roads lead to much bigger reductions in coal use as an essential part of the solution. Can we do enough in time to leave a safe world for our kids?

Environmental Group Assails 'Polluter-Friendly' Obama Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Sierra Club on Wednesday released a report on the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, concluding that the landmark trade de...