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New York's Grassroots Triumph

Michael Brune | Posted 12.19.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

In New York State, at least, sanity has prevailed. By banning fracking, Governor Andrew Cuomo has acted to protect his state's citizens from a rapacious industry whose presence would inevitably result in significant health and environmental consequences.

Dear Governors: Electric Vehicle Policies Will Help You Succeed

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 12.21.2014 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Whether a state has done a lot or a little in promoting EVs, it's not been enough to date. No resting on laurels!

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Michael Brune | Posted 12.12.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

It's only relatively recently that we have recognized the gravity of environmental injustice -- that communities of color are almost always the ones most affected by pollution. That's not an inconvenience. It's a matter of life and death, from the refineries of Texas to the tar sands of Canada.

Report Outlines Ways to Protect Appalachian Communities from Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

If you think mountaintop removal coal mining's days are over, you're wrong. In 2013, Virginia issued nine new surface mining permits and two acreage e...

Why the Sierra Club Can't Be Silent

Michael Brune | Posted 12.07.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

The Sierra Club believes that all people deserve a healthy planet with clean air and water and a stable climate. All people also deserve equal protection under the law and the right to live their lives free of discrimination and hatred. These issues are not separate.

"Reformed" or Not, Corporate Handouts in Trade Agreements Are as Dangerous as Ever

Courtenay Lewis | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Courtenay Lewis

It's not too late -- the EU, U.S. and Canada should eliminate corporate-empowering rules from trade agreements rather than falsely claim that the rules have been "reformed" for the better.

Leaving a Downstream Legacy

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 12.04.2014 | Green
Jackie Ostfeld

Sierra Club recognizes that a 21st-century environmental movement depends on getting kids and communities unplugged and outside.

Toward Securing a Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument

Dan Chu | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green
Dan Chu

This is a guest column by Marni McKinney, vice chair of the Sierra Club Foundation Board of Directors. This past September, I had the pleasure of joi...

Nonprofit Advocates Making Big Change, Millions of Vehicles at a Time

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Did corporate and governmental leaders play a part in achieving this success? Absolutely. But would it have happened at all if not for the tenacity and savvy work of environmental NGOs and their supporters? Not a chance.

On Black Friday, Americans Confront the Walmart 1 Percent: Pay Employees a Living Wage

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.27.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

This year the day after Thanksgiving will be remembered not as the biggest shopping day of the year but as the day Americans took action to demand that Walmart, the country's largest employer, pay workers livable wages and play a part in improving our economy.

Enbridge Search for an Indian Whisperer Is a Pipeline Dream

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

"Enbridge Desperately Seeking Indian Whisperer" is a gentle, humorous approach to a very serious threat to Native culture. The filmmakers pulled off a coup that reveals a side of Indian humor that most whites never see.

Thankful for Community Victories Like This One

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.24.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

As I imagine you're doing this week, I've been reflecting a lot on what I'm thankful for. Along with family and friends, what tops my list are the peo...

From Shadows to Security

Michael Brune | Posted 11.21.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

When we look to see who is being hurt most by pollution, our nation's immigrants are the people we usually find on the front lines. Their communities are not only among the most exploited and abused by polluters but also among the most vulnerable to the consequences of climate disruption and extreme weather.

The Wind Energy Production Tax Credit Isn't About Politics, It's About People

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.21.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Why isn't this tax incentive cheered from across the aisle and easily passed through both chambers of Congress and sent to the President's desk? Wait for it...the fossil fuel industry.

Are We Failing Our Kids?

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 11.20.2014 | Green
Jackie Ostfeld

Our children's health and welfare is our responsibility. As countries across the globe are celebrating Universal Children's Day and recommitting to improve the welfare of kids everywhere, I can't help but wonder if we're doing enough to protect our kids here at home.

Powering Cars With Sunshine

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 11.21.2014 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Solar is a completely renewable and wildly abundant resource that slashes a household's carbon emissions. And it's something we can feel good about. Ever heard of a catastrophic solar spill? An asthma attack because of a solar panel? A military operation defending our access to the sun? Nope.

Tar Sands End Runs

Michael Brune | Posted 11.21.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

There's no good reason to support Canadian tar sands expansion, much less allow more dirty tar sands oil into our country. Even though everything about tar sands oil is destructive, dirty, and dangerous, oil companies (and their champions on the Hill) are determined to bring as much of it as they can across our border, even if it means bending, breaking, or changing the rules.

Second Canadian Company Completing Tar-Sands Pipeline into the U.S.

Lou Dubose | Posted 11.14.2014 | Green
Lou Dubose

TransCanada's fight, and the Keystone XL pipeline, might be moot -- along with the campaign that brought together a broad coalition of environmental groups working to block the project and contain the import of tar-sands oil.

50 Years Later: How the Civil Rights Act and the Wilderness Act Changed the U.S.

Dan Chu | Posted 11.13.2014 | Green
Dan Chu

Fifty years ago, Congress passed two landmark pieces of legislation. Enacted just months apart, the Civil Rights Act and the Wilderness Act changed the American story. Through them both runs the thread of freedom and diversity that makes America great.

Environmental Groups Sue For Fresh Review Of U.S. Tar Sands Pipeline Plan

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department must halt plans to expand an oil sands pipeline route from Canada to Wisconsin until possib...

Some Utilities Are Making it Cheaper to Drive Electric Cars

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Some utility companies are starting to encourage consumers to make the switch to plug-in electric vehicles (EVs).

That Which Doesn't Kill Us...

Michael Brune | Posted 11.07.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Yes, the election hurt. We feared it would be bad -- and it was worse. By now we've all heard the analyses of how and why the Democratic Party gave up control of the Senate and lost a bunch of other races around the country. For the Sierra Club, it's especially painful.

Illinois Approves Secret Fracking Rules: IL Enviro Council Thrown Under Bus, Grassroots Hold Line

Jeff Biggers | Posted 11.12.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

A state legislative committee chaired by Sierra Club champion Sen. Don Harmon officially unleashed fracking in Illinois today, approving the final regulatory rules in secret, as legislators essentially dumped the concerns of compromising lobbyists with the Illinois Environmental Council and Sierra Club in closed-door meetings.

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Groups Look Forward To A Long Two (Or More) Years Of A GOP Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– To say Tuesday was a bad day for environmental groups would be an understatement. In his opening remarks at a National Press Club e...

Rolling Bombs: Millions of Latinos Live Next Door to a Public Menace, Oil Trains

Javier Sierra | Posted 11.04.2014 | Green
Javier Sierra

Since 2005, the oil train traffic in North America has increased 40 fold. At any given moment, some nine million barrels of crude oil are being transported around North America. Yet we haven't seen any real improvements in the safety of these trains.