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Exxon's First Prick of Conscience?

Michael Brune | Posted 12.20.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Exxon Mobil's vice president of public and government affairs published a critique of divestment that concluded by saying that destroying our planet's climate by recklessly extracting and burning fossil fuel reserves is necessary to relieve global poverty.

Kate Sheppard

Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Owner Wins Climate Leadership Award

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.17.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -– The company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline was recognized this week for leadership on climate change -– to the shock o...

Momentum Builds in Louisiana, the Latest Front in the Fight Against Coal Exports

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.17.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

If constructed, the facility could see some six to eight million tons of coal and refinery waste exported overseas every year (that's about six coal-fired power plants worth of coal).

Obama's Lucky Thirteenth

Michael Brune | Posted 12.13.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

California may be famous for its beaches, but what really defines the state's geography are its many mountain ranges. On Friday, President Obama permanently protected one of those mountain ranges by designating almost 350,000 acres of the Angeles National Forest as our newest national monument.

Cruising for Moose in Maine

Peter Mandel | Posted 12.13.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

It feels like we're flying all over the state of Maine -- and, at one point, we set down on a whim to taxi over to a village where a man sells us homemade root beer out of a refrigerator on his front porch. The only problem is that, although we swoop and dive, circle and fly, we just can't find any moose.

College Students Continue to Lead the Way on Clean Energy

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.10.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

All this good clean energy news lately, and I haven't talked about the recent college victories! Last month, thanks to tremendous student activism, officials at the University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill and the University of Georgia announced significant steps related to moving beyond coal.

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument -- The Wild Is Where You Find It

Dan Chu | Posted 12.09.2014 | Green
Dan Chu

In a wise move, President Obama recently designated about 350,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains, east of Los Angeles, as our country's newest national monument. It's a decision that came as the result of years of collaboration.

Electric Vehicles Reach Highest Percentage of US Auto Sales to Date

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 12.07.2014 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

As a way to slash oil use and emissions, we need people to switch from driving to transit, biking and walking -- meaning fewer auto sales and less driving overall. But for the millions who will continue to drive in the near future, we need them to switch to EVs, which are significantly cleaner than conventional vehicles.

If a Tar-Sands Project Fails in the Forest...

Michael Brune | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

No rational reason exists for doing this to our planet -- unless you count greed. Sadly, some people do. But even if you are willing to destroy 50,000 square miles of boreal forest just to make a profit, there's no way to justify destroying our future in the process.

Secrets of the Past in a Rugged Landscape

Dan Chu | Posted 11.24.2014 | Green
Dan Chu

Unless action is taken, the area's cultural treasures -- as well as its stunning scenery, exceptional recreational opportunities, and ecological health -- will only continue to be degraded and destroyed.

California Governor Jerry Brown Among Tens of Thousands Who Celebrated National Drive Electric Week in 152 Cities

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 11.24.2014 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

In 152 cities and 39 US states, more than 90,000 people attended events last week associated with the 2014 National Drive Electric Week.

A Shout Heard 'Round the World

Michael Brune | Posted 11.24.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

After this week, no one ever needs to feel alone in this fight. We are millions of people, all around the world. Together, we have power that even the wealthiest corporations in the world will be unable to resist.

One Woman's Amazing Work for Wilderness

Michael Brune | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

We're right in the middle of Wilderness Week, and this year it's a special one because we just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act -- which is still a high-water mark for the protection of our most precious wild places.

Massachusetts Promotes Electric Vehicles in Three-City Tour

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Massachusetts and all the other states have a long way to go to reaching the zero emission vehicle goals. In fact, Massachusetts alone will need to sell an average of nearly 27,000 plug-in cars per year between 2015 and 2025 to meet the goal. In the last year, it sold just over 2,000.

Kate Sheppard

Green Groups Announce Ad Buy Against Iowa Republican Joni Ernst

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and the political arm of the Sierra Club are targeting Iowa Republican candidate Joni Ernst ...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Conservation Groups File Complaint Over Leaking Dominion Virginia Power Coal Ash Ponds

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three conservation groups accused Dominion Virginia Power Wednesday of illegally discharging coal ash waste into the Potomac River. F...

Outraged Miami Residents Confront Walmart Developer in Kendall

Grant Stern | Posted 11.12.2014 | Miami
Grant Stern

Walmart is looking to fill a gap in their chain's lockdown coverage of southwest Miami by building a SuperCenter into one of only three endangered pine rocklands habitats in all of Florida, as part of Coral Reef Commons.

The Voice of Bart Simpson Wants You to Check Out Electric Cars Next Week

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 11.12.2014 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

I knew the fourth annual National Drive Electric Week would be big, but I didn't realize it would be this big! We're having free events in 135+ cities September 15-21 to share the fuel cost-saving, clean-air, and fun-driving benefits of electric vehicles.

David Keeps Winning: 10 Recent Victories That Will Give You Hope for the Planet

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.09.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Wow. That's the word I repeated over and over this summer, as news rolled in of one clean energy victory after another. These are David and Goliath ca...

Our Climate, Our Economy and Our Democracy

Michael Brune | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Working peoples' experiences confirm what scientists have been warning for years -- rising temperatures caused largely by fossil fuel emissions that humans are pouring into the atmosphere are causing unprecedented climate disruption.

EPA Approves Coal Project That Will Store CO2 Underground

AP | DAVID MERCER | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday said it has approved permits for the FutureGen clean coal project to stor...

No New Oil Drilling In Our Oceans

Dan Chu | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green
Dan Chu

Drilling means spilling. True recovery after a devastating oil spill is a myth spun by Big Oil.

Labor of Love: How My Small WV Town Launched a Game-Changing New Model to Go Solar

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week, my small town in West Virginia cut the ribbon on a solar project that isn't just the largest crowd-funded solar project in the state, but a...

State Dept. Overseers of Contentious Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Workaround Have Industry, Torture Ties

Steve Horn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other green groups recently revealed that pipeline giant Enbridge ...

After Oregon Rejects Coal Export Plan, Long Beach Votes to Export Coal and PetKoch

Steve Horn | Posted 10.21.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogJust a day after the Oregon Department of State Lands shot down a proposal to export 8.8 million tons per year of coa...