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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.

Why Small Businesses Are Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 06.27.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Increasingly, small businesses are installing electric vehicle charging stations as a way to attract new and loyal customers.

Mr. President: The More You Attack Us, The More We'll Fight Back

Mike Lux | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

I shouldn't be giving advice to the President since he is on the other side of this Fast Track/TPP fight, but I will anyway: Mr. President, you are badly hurting yourself by escalating this fight with the progressive community over trade.

'Green News Report' - April 23, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: After years of denial, Oklahoma finally admits fracking causes earthqua...

Take Your Kids to Work... and Speak Up for Their Health

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

I do so much of my work for my daughter's future. I imagine that many of my colleagues who are parents feel the same. We work together to phase out coal plants so that families can enjoy cleaner air and water. We demand clean-energy investments to help fight climate change so that our kids and grandkids will have a safer, healthy planet when they grow up.

Kayak the Appalachians and Protect Mother Earth With the Sierra Club

Fathom | Posted 06.22.2015 | Travel
Fathom

The main goal is to get people out into the North Carolina Mountains and do work that improves the amazing experience of being on the lake. It's a beautiful place and a popular spot for many grassroots environmental organizations.

Make Earth Day Count

Michael Brune | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

The next time someone tries to tell you that we can't really do anything about climate disruption, you can inform them that we already are. We (and by "we," I mean people all over the planet) are replacing fossil fuels with clean, renewable energy at a record pace.

Spartans Move Beyond Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.17.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Michigan State University announced that it will retire the largest on-campus coal plant in the U.S. by 2016 -- making it the 188th coal plant announced for retirement since the Beyond Coal campaign started in 2010.

The Best City Programs Promoting Electric Cars

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 04.10.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

State programs are important, but what can cities and towns do to accelerate a consumer switch to EVs?

Kate Sheppard

Bloomberg, Sierra Club Direct $60 Million To Closing Half Of U.S. Coal Plants By 2017

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Sierra Club and Michael Bloomberg are upping the ante in their effort to close down coal-fired power plants, announcing on Wednesday...

Doubling Down With Bloomberg Philanthropies to Replace Coal With Clean Energy

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

With this new support of $30 million over three years, we plan to double down on our past success and secure replacement of half the nation's coal plants with clean energy by 2017.

Kate Sheppard

Poll Finds Strong Majority Of Americans Support An International Climate Agreement

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new poll finds an overwhelming majority of Americans support an international agreement to cut planet-warming emissions. The poll f...

More Than 200 Rally for Clean Energy in Oregon

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.26.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

On Tuesday, more than 200 leaders from the public health, academic, business, and environmental communities traveled to Salem, Oregon, to rally and hold lobby meetings with legislators on this session's top environmental bills as part of the Oregon Conservation Network's Clean Green Lobby Machine lobby day.

5 Ways to Get the Masses Charged Up About Electric Cars

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 05.25.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

People already driving electric cars have fallen in love, as shown by off-the-charts customer satisfaction ratings. But for the vast majority of Americans who aren't yet driving electric, how do we get them charged up?

Polluters Again Challenge Common-Sense Public-Health Protections at the Supreme Court

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.25.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Today the Supreme Court will hear polluter arguments against the EPA's vital Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, a long-overdue protection that will help guard our families, air, water, and wildlife from dangerous toxic pollution that comes from coal plants. These vital protections are critically important to public health, and the polluters challenging them are putting lives at risk.

Global Wave of New Coal Plants Is Going Bust, New Report Finds

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.16.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Since 2010, for every coal plant completed worldwide, two proposed coal plants have been shelved or cancelled.

Detroit-Area Residents Demand Clean Air

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.13.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

For decades, the residents of River Rouge and surrounding communities have been living with severe air pollution from nearby coal plants, and together, they came out in force to pack a public hearing and call on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to put a plan in place that will finally clean up this pollution and correct a longstanding environmental injustice.

Court Ruling Means Cleaner Air for Millions of Americans

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California approved an important legal framework that serves as a big step toward providing relief for thousands of communities across the country now suffering from dangerous sulfur dioxide air pollution. The road map imposes deadlines for the EPA to identify areas that exceed the sulfur dioxide health standard.

President Obama to Get Every Kid in a Park

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Jackie Ostfeld

This week, President Obama unveiled the "Every Kid in a Park" initiative to connect children and their families with the great outdoors, ensuring millions of kids, regardless of where they live, have an opportunity to take that first step in nature.

North Carolina's Brevard College First in the Southeast to Divest

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

College students, faculty, and administrators at North Carolina's Brevard College are cheering at Friday's news that the school will divest from fossil fuels by 2018 -- making it the first university in North Carolina and the entire Southeast U.S. to divest!