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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...

Another Congressional Attack on Clean Air

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.11.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Why should you care about the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule? Because it could save your life, or the life of someone you love.

Let's Build the Future We Want to See

Michael Brune | Posted 01.04.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

From points up and down the eastern seaboard, busloads of Sierra Club members and volunteers will travel to the White House this weekend. We won't be mingling in the Rose Garden. Instead, we'll stand, shoulder to shoulder.

End the Coal for Carbon Credits Scandal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.04.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

To imply that dirty coal should be eligible for carbon credits is an Orwellian pitch that only our present batch of Tea Party Republican candidates could make with a straight face.

Emboldened by Students Taking Action

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.31.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Yesterday, I had the great privilege of joining 30 youth clean energy leaders when they met with Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson at Howard University in Washington, DC.

Congress Ignores the People When Dismantling Public Health, Environmental Protections

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.25.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

New polling information that shows overwhelming majorities of Americans support stronger health and environmental standards, and they also think Congress should back off and let the EPA do its job.

Dreaming About Taking Back America

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 12.18.2011 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Let's keep the dialogue civil. We can reach out and try to explain to others why protecting the environment and the economy are not mutually exclusive.

What Do Banana Peels and Coal Ash Have in Common?

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.12.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Believe it or not, the banana peel you throw away has more robust protections on it than coal ash containing mercury, arsenic, hexavalent chromium and lead. If this bill passes, that horrible status quo would become the law.

Texas Aims to Pollute the Nation

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.06.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

It almost seems like Texas is proud of the fact that it has some of the worst air quality in the nation. The state recently filed yet another lawsuit against the EPA claiming that Texas should not have to comply with the common-sense Cross State Air Pollution protection.

The Return of the American Dream

Carl Pope | Posted 12.03.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

"Progress, not pollution" are the key words as Sarah Hodgdon, the Sierra Club's conservation director, joins 25 other progressive leaders who are the symbolic faces of the new American Dream Movement.

Clean Air and Clean Energy Successes -- and Some Rap

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.03.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Creative, internet-based videos are no longer something reserved for major corporations to promote products; we're now using this type of media to promote issues that the public cares about.