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House Investigates Flint Water Crisis, But The Governor Isn't On The Invite List

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, on Feb. 3. But the list of witnesses does not ...

Coal Bankruptcy 101: Companies Are Leaving Workers and Communities in the Lurch

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.28.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Coal company bankruptcies have been making headlines in 2016, as the nation shifts to clean energy, and that has left many people worried and wondering about what it means for the workers, communities, mountains, and streams that are in danger of being left behind.

TransCanada Grasps at Straws in the Face of Defeat

Sierra Club Environmental Law Program | Posted 01.25.2016 | Green
Sierra Club Environmental Law Program

Photo credit: "Youth Against KXL Pipeline 3/2/14" by Susan Melklsethlan licensed under CC BY 2.0. By Eric Huber, Sierra Club Senior Managing Attorney...

Five Things You Should Know About President Obama's Coal Leasing Moratorium

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.22.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

When President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a suspension of pending federal coal leases and a top-to-bottom review of the long broken coal program, we cheered.

2016 Beyond Coal Outlook - A Big Year Ahead

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.15.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

If the first two weeks of 2016 are any indication, 2016 is shaping up to be a very big year for the US to make the shift beyond coal, to clean energy.

The Corporation Behind Keystone XL Just Laid Bare the TPP's Threats to Our Climate

Ben Beachy | Posted 01.07.2016 | Green
Ben Beachy

TransCanada, the notorious fossil fuel corporation behind the ill-fated Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, just made abundantly clear the threats that the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal would pose to our communities, our climate, and our clean air and water, if approved.

ExxonMobil, Peabody Coal Lobbying for Bill Preventing Climate Change Accounting in US Trade Deals

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe day before global leaders and diplomats passed a climate change deal in Paris at the United Nations climate summit, th...

Starbucks' Deforestation-Free Pledge Not Worth Beans

Elliott Negin | Posted 12.17.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

Starbucks has a bigger problem than the controversy over its new red holiday cup. It's still buying palm oil and other agricultural products that might be linked to tropical forest destruction, and a coalition of science, environmental and labor organizations isn't happy about it.

Biggest Environmental Moment in History?

Carl Pope | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

Beyond ratifying the substantial, but inadequate, voluntary national commitments to lower climate emissions, which had already emerged as the first major Paris contribution to climate progress, the final Paris agreement opened three major avenues for climate advocates and solutions.

We Need More Green-Collar Jobs

George Gresham | Posted 12.12.2015 | Green
George Gresham

We must also ensure that there are low-cost training and continuing education opportunities for workers to transition from the fossil fuel industry into good, green-collar union jobs. We need a just and fair transition so that working people, their families and communities are protected and supported as we move toward a clean energy economy.

Hope in Paris

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.03.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The bottom line is no matter what path you take to a safe climate, all roads lead to much bigger reductions in coal use as an essential part of the solution. Can we do enough in time to leave a safe world for our kids?

Environmental Group Assails 'Polluter-Friendly' Obama Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Sierra Club on Wednesday released a report on the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, concluding that the landmark trade de...

It's Time to Choose on Climate

Michael Brune | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Michael Brune

The power of the film is that it won't let us forget that it's within our power to avoid the worst consequences of climate change -- we need only choose to do so. That's important for all of us to remember, not just those who are tasked with reaching an agreement in Paris.

Public Support for Energy Access Should Be Clean

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 11.25.2015 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

Among coal companies, Peabody Coal has been particularly vocal in trying to convince the public that there's a place for coal in decreasing energy poverty. But coal is the wrong tool for the job for several key reasons.

Five Things I'm Thankful for This Season

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.24.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This year, when I sit down with my family here in West Virginia at our Thanksgiving table, I'll have a lot to be thankful for. I'm more hopeful than ever for my daughter's future, because this has been a landmark year in our efforts to shift the U.S. from coal to clean energy.

The WTO Just Dealt A Blow To U.S. Consumers And Dolphins

Ben Beachy | Posted 11.20.2015 | Green
Ben Beachy

The U.S. government should not give into pressure from a corporate-friendly trade organization to weaken or eliminate our dolphin-saving label. Instead, it should stand up for consumers and wildlife by negotiating a solution with Mexico that keeps the "dolphin-safe" label intact.

On Eve of Climate Talks, a Historic Week in the Shift Beyond Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.19.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

In the tug-of-war over the future of our climate and our planet, there have been some very big developments this week. On Tuesday, the UK announced it will completely phase out coal throughout the country over the next decade, retiring over 20 gigawatts of coal-fired electricity.

Why We Must Continue To Protect Our Lands Of The Free

Michael Brune | Posted 11.10.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

The fate of the public lands around the Grand Canyon hangs in the balance as time ticks away on a temporary ban on new uranium mines in the area. Right now, mining companies are challenging that ban in court.

After Text Release, Environmental Groups Speak Out on Trans-Pacific Trade Deal

Ilana Solomon | Posted 11.09.2015 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Yesterday, the U.S. finally unveiled the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. After seeing the text, more than a dozen conservation, wild...

How We're Winning the Climate Fight, One Community at a Time

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.05.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Every day when I get to work, I can't believe I have the good fortune of spending my life working with this group of game-changers. It gives me boundless hope for my daughter's future.

U.S. Electric Sector Expected To Hit Lowest Emissions In 20 Years

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 11.04.2015 | Business

The U.S. electric sector is expected to hit its lowest carbon emissions since 1995 this year, partly due to the widespread closure of coal-powered pow...

5 Scary Coal Industry Tricks This Halloween

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.30.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

I'm working with thousands of people to banish these ghouls and goblins, so that my daughter grows up in a world that isn't haunted by the specter of air pollution, water pollution, and climate chaos.

U.S. Illegal Timber Imports Are Down, But More Work Remains

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 10.28.2015 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Last week hardwood flooring giant Lumber Liquidators pleaded guilty before a federal judge in Norfolk, Virginia for importing illegally sourced wood into the U.S. It is also a strong message that the United States intends to crack down on the illegal timber trade using the Lacey Act.

How The U.S. Leads The World In Moving Beyond Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.22.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This report confirms what I've been living and breathing for many years now: Communities who want clean energy and no more dirty coal power are a force to be reckoned with.

Big Victory in Minnesota Will Retire Coal, Ramp up Wind and Solar

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.08.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

I know just how much work Minnesotans have put in over the years to pressure Xcel and other state utilities to build more clean energy.