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In Detroit, a Victory for Clean Air and Environmental Justice

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.16.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

We've just taken a big step forward toward correcting a major environmental injustice in this country. After 5 years of advocacy led by local resident...

Public Turns Out In Force To Demand Coal Leasing Reform

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.13.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

There's a bright future for folks across the country when we work together to safeguard our national treasures, turn the corner on climate change, keep our air and water clean, and build a sustainable future for our communities.

As Coal Decline Continues, Let's Find a New Path Forward

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.03.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

A couple of weeks ago, I was honored to be a guest on the nationally syndicated Diane Rehm show on NPR. Our topic was "Competing Political Visions for America's Coal Workers."

#ExxonKnew About Climate Change and ExxonKnows How to Use Trade Deals to Get Its Way

Ilana Solomon | Posted 06.03.2016 | Green
Ilana Solomon

A little-known fact, however, is that while ExxonMobil was misleading the public about climate disruption, it was also using trade rules to increase its power, to bolster its profits, and to actively hamper climate action.

Long (and Short) Walks Home

Michael Brune | Posted 06.03.2016 | Green
Michael Brune

John Muir has his fair share of things named after him (including what must be the world's most-visited grove of trees), but I bet the commemorations he'd appreciate most are the two long-distance trails that bear his name.

Big News On Coal Ash Pollution, in North Carolina and Beyond

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The drama surrounding the cleanup of dangerous, leaking coal ash ponds continues to unfold in North Carolina. Last week the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced its assessment of the state's many polluted sites and earlier this week the state legislature proposed changes to the existing law governing coal ash cleanup.

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, ...