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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.

WATCH: DJ Steve Porter Remixes Bloomberg And Beyond Coal

Posted 11.28.2011 | Green

DJ Steve Porter, known for his remixes of infomercials and press conferences, has teamed up with the Sierra Club and their Beyond Coal campaign. Th...

Keeping Up With the Solar (and Wind) Joneses

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.23.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Earlier this year, my husband and I put up solar panels at our home -- the first solar project in our historic West Virginia town.

Time to Move -- Beyond Fossil Fuels

Michael Brune | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

One of the scariest things you'll see in the news today is the false notion that Americans must choose between jobs and healthy people.

Ads That Fight Back Against Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.16.2011 | Chicago
Mary Anne Hitt

The coal industry is learning to not take the Sierra Club lightly -- and we're hoping our local, state and national officials are learning the same lesson.

Jordan Howard

Waxman Calls House Most Anti-Environment 'In History'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Howard | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During the 112th Congress, the Republican House majority has taken aim at issues ranging from labor protections to women's right to choo...

The World Bank Still Can't Quit Dirty Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.15.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Coal plants don't come dirtier than the Soviet-era relics currently in operation in Kosovo. Despite the terrible pollution these plants spew, the World Bank has decided the only option for this young country is to lock in more of it.

Illinois EPA Moves to Protect Apple River From Massive Sewage Lagoon

Jack Darin | Posted 11.12.2011 | Chicago
Jack Darin

Local residents, Sierra Club, and our allies working to protect a headwater stream in the beautiful Apple River watershed from being converted to a manure storage lagoon have won a major victory.

WATCH: Bike And Be Happy

Posted 11.05.2011 | Green

Why not cut 33 hours of wasted time this year and ride your bike to work? According to the 2010 Annual Urban Mobility report, in a U.S. city of thr...

Jordan Howard

Green Groups Struggle With Obama's Mixed Environmental Record

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Howard | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Barack Obama was elected president, environmentalists believed a new age of environmental protection and conservation had come. But...

Major Victory -- Deal Reached to Retire Old, Dirty Potomac River Coal Plant

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.30.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The message is clear -- working together, we can move our towns and cities, our states and our nation, beyond coal.

Conyers, Coal, and the Future of West Virginia

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.26.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

My daughter is an 11th-generation West Virginian, and by the time she is ready to raise a family, I worry that our state will have been driven off a cliff by the leaders of today who refused to embrace the clean energy future.

Jordan Howard

House GOP To Push Anti-Environment Provisions

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Howard | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are looking to appropriations bills they plan to debate when they return from recess in September as an opportunity to...

Lucia Graves

Green Groups: Keystone XL Pipeline Obama's 'Biggest Climate Test'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- In a boost for grassroots efforts pressuring the Obama administration to block approval of TransCanada's Keystone XL oil pipeline, the h...

How Schools Are Saving The Planet

Avital Andrews | Posted 10.17.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

Good professors know that discussing nature in the confines of a classroom is not likely to stir the soul, no matter how enlightening the lesson. What awakens, they realize, is experience. Getting hands dirty. Immersion.

How to Stop Giant Fish Blenders

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.17.2011 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Antiquated power plants use water-intake structures to help cool systems. These pipes sit below the water's surface and suck in not only water, but also anything else in the vicinity. This process shreds and destroys the aquatic life drawn in.

The Greenest Colleges

Posted 10.17.2011 | College

How green is your college? Do you ride your bike to class? Do you eschew textbooks for e-books? Is your cafeteria trayless? The folks at Sierra mag...

Bloomberg Gives $50 Million To Drive American Jobs To China

Richard Grenell | Posted 10.07.2011 | Politics
Richard Grenell

Make no mistake about it, billionaire Michael Bloomberg is a technology whiz. But his energy ideas are bankrupt. His $50 million gift to support the Sierra Club's anti-coal agenda and to stop coal-fired power plants will undoubtedly help move American jobs to China.