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#Sierra Club

Creating a Public Lands Legacy in Northern Maine

Dan Chu | Posted 05.23.2016 | Green
Dan Chu

A few nights ago I joined local Sierra Club activists at a public meeting in Bangor, Maine. The meeting was co-hosted by National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis and Senator Angus King to receive public input about the proposed Maine Woods National Monument. Over 1,300 people showed up and welcomed the Senator and Director with a standing ovation. The energy in the auditorium was electric.

How EPA's Haze Rule Can Help Keep Our Air Clear

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.20.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

If our air isn't clean, our communities can't be healthy. I grew up just outside Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the gateway community to the Great Smoky Mou...

US Government Upholds Its Treaty Obligations - Rejects Giant Coal Export Terminal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.09.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This is big - for our climate, for clean air and water, for our future. It's also big because the US government is honoring its treaty obligations. Af...

Vital Ground: Grizzly Bears and Greater Yellowstone

Dan Chu | Posted 05.06.2016 | Green
Dan Chu

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed removing endangered species protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears. When the bear was first placed on the Endangered Species list 40 years ago, the population was less than 140 bears.

Marching for Clean Air in Philadelphia

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.06.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Earlier this week I heard some very powerful and sad stories from two residents of Philadelphia. Teresa Hill spoke about her children's and grandchild...

Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign Crosses 100,000 MW Milestone for America's Clean Energy Transition

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.04.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

After over a decade of tireless advocacy from our Beyond Coal campaign and more than 100 allied organizations, America just crossed one of its biggest clean energy transition milestones yet.

Wide Awake in Oakland

Michael Brune | Posted 05.04.2016 | Green
Michael Brune

The Sierra Club has an amazing record when it comes to major lands protections like wilderness areas, national parks, and national monuments. What my day at the creek reminded me of, though, is the importance of nearby nature to any community.

The Untold Grassroots History of Iowa's Clean Energy Transformation

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 04.28.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Mark Kresowik will never forget Merle Bell, the Iowa farmer whose property near Waterloo, which had been in his family for more than 100 years, was to...

Multilateral Development Banks Still Failing to Solve Energy Poverty

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 04.14.2016 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

As the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meet in Washington, DC this week, members of civil society are asking: why are multilateral developm...

Peabody's Bankruptcy: A Giant Falls, But Its Obligations Remain

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 04.13.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The federal representatives of coal communities need to push Congress to invest in economic redevelopment and diversification, help shore up health care and pension plans for coal workers and their families, and ensure toxic mining sites are cleaned up and reclaimed.

Everything's Bigger in Texas - Including Air Pollution Problems

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 04.12.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Did you know that more sulfur dioxide haze pollution come from the eight Texas' coal plants subject to the EPA's haze clean-up plan than from all of the sources in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana combined? It's a serious air quality and public health problem.

Florida's Dirtiest Coal Plant Putting Water Supply at Risk

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 04.08.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

I normally think of Florida as a sunny, pristine place - but this latest news from our Florida Beyond Coal campaign is very unsettling. Lakeland - a c...

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.