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The Sun Rose from California

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Javier Sierra

A certain Harvard professor years ago predicted that solar energy would be made readily available the day that Exxon owned the sun. In this election ...

A Green Victory in Richmond, California

David Helvarg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Helvarg

The recent elections were a setback for national environmental advocates. But for a small city near San Francisco, it demonstrated that poor communities can still control their shorelines and, perhaps, their own destinies.

New Coal Ash Hotline and Video

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

The comment period for the EPA's proposed coal ash safeguards is winding down, with the deadline being next Friday. Have you submitted your comment yet?

Why is the U.S. Helping Finance Fossil Fuels Overseas?

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

This post was co-written by Justin Guay of the Sierra Club International Climate Program.In a blog post this week, United States Export-Import Bank Pr...

Is Veterans Day the New Earth Day?

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

One of the realities of American society is that big social change often reaches the tipping point only when it becomes embodied in the military.

Green Your Caffeine

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

Every day, citizens of our planet down 2.5 billion cups of coffee. Yearly, that's enough coffee filters, grounds and paper cups to circle the globe 55 times when placed end to end.

Kansas Coal Plant Proposal Renews Debate Over Water Use From Arkansas River

AP | JOHN HANNA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

TOPEKA, Kan. — A western Kansas utility's push to build a new coal-fired power plant has already embroiled it in a lengthy public dispute about ...

Winning the Post-Election Challenge #1

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Looking at the map of seats that changed hands on Tuesday, it struck me that the Republicans made their major gains in places that remain economically...

Coal Industry Continues Its Shady Practices

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

If you ever wanted evidence that the coal industry is corrupting our politics, look no further than the state of Kansas and the decision by Governor Mark Parkinson to fire his chief environmental official Rod Bremby.

More Like an Oil Spill Than a Landslide

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

The 2010 election was the year of The Empire Strikes Back. Big Oil, the coal industry, and corporate polluters are desperate to stop the momentum towa...

Twin Attacks on Our Clean Energy Future

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

Where Proposition 23 is a blatant assault, Proposition 26 is more like a sneak attack. It's confusing, badly written, and pretending to be something it's not.

Time to Pour It On

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Pope

It's clear that this year Pennsylvania is playing the role of the crucial swing state that was played by Ohio in 2004 and Florida in 2000. The economic case for clean energy is at the top of students' minds.

Texas' Fight Against Coal and Coal Ash

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

This is the latest in our series of community coal ash profiles. This piece was written by Sierra Club Apprentice Sari Ancel.Here's lovely daydream if...

A Sacred Right

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Javier Sierra

Remember this fundamental fact of democracy: if you don't vote, you don't count. Your vote is your most powerful weapon to defend the health and prosperity of your family.

This Ain't No Farmville

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

Coal-ash waste may be a local issue, but it's a nationwide local issue. We need to spread the outrage of the people who have been immediately affected to everyone who's at risk -- which includes a lot of people who don't even know yet what toxic coal ash is.

New Orleans East Residents Oppose Garbage Processing Plant

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

The specter of garbage trucks exiting Interstate 10 and tearing past their homes to a plant that would vaporize city trash has residents of the Melia Subdivision in New Orleans East worried.

One More Thing to Worry About in Middle School - Energy Regulations?

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

Mary Anne Hitt, the director of the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign, is a new mom and has some words for those trying to greenwash schoolkids and co...

Sparring with Bjorn Lomborg -- Round II

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Lomborg has boiled down his message to a few simple points: Trying too hard to solve the climate crisis will cost too much and interfere with solving more immediate problems like poverty, disease, and conflict.

The Aftermath of the TVA Coal Ash Disaster

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

This is the latest in our series of community coal ash profiles. This was written by Sierra Club Apprentice Philip Hawes. Tennessee's Emory River has ...

What's So Funny About Jon Stewart's Sanity?

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

Jon Stewart's not a politician (yet), but I suspect he'll get more people -- especially young people -- thinking about how politics work (or don't work) in this country than any elected official could.

CU-Boulder Falls 12 Spots In Sierra Club's Green Rankings

Boulder Daily Camera | Brittany Anas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The University of Colorado needs to pass its green crown to Green Mountain College, a school in Vermont that celebrated last Earth Day by installing a...

EPA Recommends Protecting Clean Water by Rejecting Giant WV Coal Mine

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

The EPA just announced it is recommending rejecting the massive Spruce Mine for the simple reason that it can't comply with long-standing clean water protections.

The Most Powerful NGO You've Probably Never Heard of

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

Stepping away from the old-style NGO approach to companies, the CDP and its leaders are both optimistic and relentlessly pro-business.

Coping with Coal Ash's Health Effects

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

This is the latest in our series of community coal ash profiles. This piece was written by Sierra Club Apprentice Lydia Avila.The community of Joliet,...

An Unacceptable Proposition

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Javier Sierra

Valero and Tesoro are wearing sheep's clothing.