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Moving Beyond Coal: A Game-Changer

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 09.20.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

New York mayor and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg just announced a $50 million commitment over four years to clean the air, move beyond coal, and accelerate the transition to cleaner, cost-effective energy sources.

Bloomberg Commits $50 Million To Take Down Coal

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.20.2011 | Green

As the leader of one of the world's largest cities, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has cultivated visions for how to improve quality of life in urba...

Governor Quinn OKs State's First Coal-To-Gas Plant

Posted 09.12.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Wednesday signed legislation OKing a proposed plant that would convert coal to natural gas, the state's first of its kind,...

Lobbying in American Politics

Paul Heroux | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Paul Heroux

When did a politician's campaign cash reserves start to be called a "war chest?" It gives you a sense of what kind of attitude goes into how that money is being used.

New EPA Air Pollution Standard Protects Public Health

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 09.06.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

If you have a child with asthma or a loved one at risk of a heart attack, you can breathe easier today, because new protections will decrease the chances they will end up in the emergency room.

A True Grassroots Victory in San Antonio

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 08.30.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

We're still celebrating last week's announcement by San Antonio Mayor Joaquin Castro that not only will the city shut down its 900 megawatt Deely coa...

Outrage: As Mountaintop Removal Linked to Birth Defects, Politicians Gut Clean Water Act

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 08.24.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

How would you feel if the very place where you live -- the air you breathe and the water you drink -- means that your baby is at greater risk, even if you take perfect care of yourself?

Five Reasons Why Every Rooftop Matters

Michael Brune | Posted 08.21.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

Every kilowatt hour of solar you generate either replaces electricity that might otherwise come from burning coal. No one ever had an asthma attack because of a solar panel.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Coal Ash Industry Sees Massive Job Losses If EPA Rules Proceed

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 08.16.2011 | Green

An industry-funded report released late Wednesday suggests that federal regulation of coal combustion residuals, or coal ash, currently being consider...

Is Palin's Bus Tour Guilty of Trademark Infringement?

Alex Brant-Zawadzki | Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics
Alex Brant-Zawadzki

Sarah Palin's political action committee is using a trademarked name for her current bus tour, opening her up to major liabilities that could potentially cause her to lose her bus.

The Incredible Shrinking GOP Field

Carl Pope | Posted 07.27.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

As late as 2006, the GOP had a set of clean energy advocates in high places. Those leaders are all still powerfully placed within the GOP. But they seem to be mindful of the remarkable know-nothing standard set for GOP candidates.

Lucia Graves

Environmental Coalition Backs Sen. Sherrod Brown's New Green Jobs Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 07.26.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) joined green jobs leaders Thursday to tout a merger of green development groups and planned advocacy for ...

New York Times, Take This!

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 07.23.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

A recent New York Times article, in classic "all the news that's fit to print" fashion, declared that the bevy of green consumer products introduced o...

Getting the Smart Grid Right

Jack Darin | Posted 07.17.2011 | Chicago
Jack Darin

You've probably seen or heard the ads from ComEd supporting the "smart grid," and their proposal for how to pay for it. We do need to invest in our electric grid. But their proposal misses the mark.

T. Boone Pickens' New Energy Plan

Roll Call | Ambreen Ali | Posted 07.16.2011 | Green

T. Boone Pickens has a new plan -- but fewer allies -- in his quest to curb America's dependency on foreign oil....

Spring is Here -- Along With Potential Attitude Shifts

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.12.2011 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

There is no more potent force than a mother fighting for the safety of her children. They don't have to be trained advocates, just spurred to mobilize. Think Lois Gibbs, who revealed the whole town of Love Canal, NY, was sitting on top of 21,000 tons of toxic waste.

An Egregious Proposal

Fred Krupp | Posted 07.11.2011 | Green
Fred Krupp

After twenty years of delay, American Electric Power wants America to wait another six years before we limit toxic mercury from some power plants -- and they want to delay limits on a host of other dangerous pollutants.

Hit the Dirt

Michael Brune | Posted 07.10.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

Sierra Club outings are led by trained volunteers and every person has the chance to learn about conservation, natural history and wildlife. That can make an environmentalist -- or a better environmentalist -- out of anyone.

Fast and Furious Opposition to High Speed Rail Gets U.S. Off Track

Jan McGirk | Posted 07.04.2011 | Green
Jan McGirk

If the United States ignores an opportunity to reshape its economic geography with high-speed trains, it's likely to get left behind.

Sierra Club Took My Hair and All I Got Was a Beyond Coal Button

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 06.15.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

I just had a lock of my hair chopped off to benefit science and the planet. I was joined by other moms, children and babies in more than 25 cities ac...

Opening a Different World

Michael Brune | Posted 06.15.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

A free trip to summer camp might not seem like a lot in the grander scheme of things. But for kids in families that endure repeated separations for long, anxious months, it opens up a different world.

Time for Humility

Michael Brune | Posted 05.31.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

At the Sierra Club, we're used to challenging nuclear power in the abstract, technical terms used by policy wonks. Now the issue has regained a moral dimension that transcends wonky facts.

Embracing Clean Energy in the Northwest and Beyond

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This past weekend we announced that the Washington State Senate approved a landmark agreement between the Sierra Club, Governor Chris Gregoire and TransAlta to phase out the state's massive 1,600-megawatt coal plant between 2020 and 2025.

What Have They Done to the Rain?

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

It is raining outside right now. And coming down with the rain are measurable -- if trace -- quantities of radioisotopes from Japan's crippled nuclear reactors.

Rainforest, USA

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

Everybody knows about the great tropical rainforests in the Amazon, Southeast Asia, and central Africa. But it's not the location that makes a rainforest