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The Sierra Club and Natural Gas

Michael Brune | Posted 04.04.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

It's time to stop thinking of natural gas as a "kinder, gentler" energy source. What's more, we do not have an effective regulatory system in this country to address the risks that gas drilling poses on our health and communities.

If We Can Stop the Keystone Pipeline, We Can Stop Mountaintop Removal. Right?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 04.03.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

This is where the urgency and solidarity and audacious determination of national organizations -- and residents across the country -- are desperately needed, on a par with the tar sands movement. If we can stop the proposed Keystone pipeline, we can stop mountaintop removal.

Views Collide At Meeting On Louisiana's Coastal Plan

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.02.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

A New Orleans open house held by Louisiana's coastal restoration authority last week on a draft of the state's 2012 Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast drew mixed, earnest and sometimes vehement comments.

Speaking Out for Clean Cars

Michael Brune | Posted 03.26.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

Tuesday, Jan. 24, I testified at an EPA hearing in San Francisco to support proposed standards that would raise vehicle efficiency to 54.5 miles per gallon, with electric vehicles as one of the primary ways to meet this goal.

Keystone XL Activists 'Blow The Whistle' On Congress

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 01.24.2012 | Green

Barely a week after President Obama rejected the contentious Keystone XL pipeline proposal and his relationship with environmentalists reached a "high...

America's Cup Pollution Levels Raise Environmentalists' Ire

Aaron Sankin | Posted 01.25.2012 | San Francisco

New estimates of the number of boats expected to hit the water when the America's Cup takes over the San Francisco Bay during the next two years have ...

Lucia Graves

Obama's Keystone XL Pipeline Rejection Brings 'High Water Mark' Of Respect From Some Groups | Lucia Graves | Posted 01.19.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's decision Wednesday to deny a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline gave environmental advocates the rarest of sen...

North Carolina Gets Great Clean Air News

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.19.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Great clean air news out of North Carolina today -- the Sierra Club and four of our key allies are announcing a settlement that will retire 1,600-megawatts of dirty coal power.

Big Oil Bullies and a Test of Wills

Michael Brune | Posted 03.17.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

Any Keystone XL permit issued now would be a blank check written to an oil company with a proven record of disregarding the rights of the American farmers and ranchers whose land the pipeline would cross and threaten.

The Blink of an Eye

Michael Brune | Posted 03.16.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

The Colorado River needed millions of years to carve out the Grand Canyon. Letting mining companies run rampant could ruin it in the geological blink of an eye. Thank you and congratulations to the Obama administration for doing what's right.

New Year Will Be Sunnier, Windier

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.13.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Clean energy is powering more homes and businesses every year, and it's energizing our economy with new jobs. If we want to keep these trends moving in the right direction, we're going to have to join together in 2012 to remove obstacles to clean energy.

Illinois' Experience Shows That Mercury Pollution Controls Work

Jack Darin | Posted 02.27.2012 | Chicago
Jack Darin

In this case, here in Illinois, we've already proven them wrong. Coal plants in Illinois had to cut their mercury pollution by 90 percent (the same cut EPA is now calling for) back in 2009.

We Did It! Americans Cheer EPA for First-Ever Protections Against Toxic Mercury

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.22.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Are you one of the over 800,000 people who submitted a comment to the EPA supporting proposed mercury pollution protections? If so, then today you should celebrate, because you helped win a historic victory for our health.

A Clean Air Christmas: Another Beyond Coal Victory to Close the Year!

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.21.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

If all you wanted for Christmas this year was clean air, then you are in luck!

David Sands

#OccupyNuclearPower | David Sands | Posted 12.16.2011 | Detroit

Members of Occupy Toledo gave a surprise "mic check" Thursday to audience members of a public meeting on a proposed nuclear power plant in Monroe, Mic...

Major Coal Victory -- LS Power Agrees to Abandon Two Coal Projects, Invest in Solar

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.12.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Today, the Sierra Club is celebrating a landmark victory that was a long time coming. We have reached a settlement with LS Power to cancel their plans to build two new coal plants -- the Longleaf plant in Georgia, and the Plum Point 2 plant in Arkansas.

Safe Sushi? There's An App For That

Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

Mercury poisoning doesn't just happen to Jeremy Piven. Mercury is released by industrial pollution and can accumulate in bodies of water, which fish t...

Recent Coal to Clean Energy Victories Worth Celebrating

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.08.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week we're celebrating as more utilities are recognizing that coal is dirty and expensive, and are deciding to make the switch to clean energy.

New Report Names the Top U.S. Mercury Polluters -- Is One of Them in Your Backyard?

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.08.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The analysis shows total state-by-state and plant-by-plant emission levels for arsenic, chromium, mercury, cobalt, hydrochloric acid, nickel, and selenium, all of which are toxic pollutants.

How To Stay Mercury-Free

Avital Andrews | Posted 02.04.2012 | Green
Avital Andrews

December 5 marks the beginning of the Sierra Club's Mercury Awareness Week. In anticipation of that, here are four ways to help you keep the toxic stuff out of your life.

Chicago Can't Wait, Mayor Emanuel: Residents Unveil City Hall Exhibit on Human Costs of Deadly Coal-Fired Plants

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.01.2012 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

Calling for an end to the deadly and costly pollution from the Fisk and Crawford plants on the west side of Chicago, neighborhood families supporters posted photos of their affected children, elderly and businesses at City Hall.

A Coal Strip Mine Next to a National Park?

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.31.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

When I think of Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park, the last thing I think of is a dirty coal mine.

Lucia Graves

Global Leaders Call On Canada To Fight Climate Change In New Ad | Lucia Graves | Posted 11.30.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- African leaders including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jay Naidoo of former President Nelson Mandela's cabinet, and Zwelinzima Vavi, general...

Thanks, Carl

Michael Brune | Posted 01.21.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

Fostering collaboration between environmentalists, organized labor, and business to revitalize America's manufacturing base is one of the most important parts of building our clean-energy economy, and it's a challenge worthy of a leader and thinker as extraordinary as Carl Pope.

New Horizons and Broader Visions

Carl Pope | Posted 01.19.2012 | Green
Carl Pope

This morning I announced that I was "opening up my dance card" and stepping down as chairman of the Sierra Club, the role I assumed almost two years a...