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One Nation March: Sometimes Size Doesn't Matter

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

The One Nation Working Together march did not draw as many people to the Washington Mall as Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally a few weeks prior. A...

A Big Coal Ash Problem At Little Blue

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

This post is the latest in our series of coal ash community profiles. Our work on coal ash unfortunately becomes timely yet again, as news came out th...

A Kentucky Community Surrounded by Coal Ash

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

This week's Bruce Nilles column is another guest one. This week's coal ash community profile was written by Elizabeth Irvin, a Sierra Club Apprentice....

Toxic Ashtrays in Our Communities

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Javier Sierra

Behind Puerto Rico's beaches, palm trees, white sand and abundant sunlight hours lurks a threat to the health of almost 100,000 residents -- hundreds and thousands of tons of toxic coal ash.

Coal Ash Threatens Water From Baton Rouge Southwards

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Louisiana residents may think coal ash is for Appalachia to fret about. But ash from a coal-fueled power plant north of Baton Rouge is threatening drinking water along the Mississippi River.

Threat Remains Despite VA Coal Plant Delay

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

This week's coal ash community profile post was written by Gabriel DeRita, a Sierra Club Communications Apprentice. Also, follow today's EPA coal ash ...

New Coal Ash Video and Facebook App Aim to Educate, Engage

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

Living near some coal ash sites can be more dangerous than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. We are launching new efforts to educate and engage citizens, many of whom are unaware that they may live near a coal ash site.

Saving the Remaining Old Growth Redwood Forests

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

The world is a very different place today from the Cretaceous period. The Tyrannosaurus Rex is gone, but the redwoods remain. Barely.

Where the Climate Movement Gets a Win: Time to Crack Down on Toxic Coal Ash

Liz Butler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Liz Butler

The more concerned citizens speak out, the harder it will be for Dirty Coal to protect their profits at the expense of our health and safety.

Justin Coussoule's Thermometer Is About To Bust Through The Top

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein

I wish getting to the top of that thermometer meant Justin Coussoule triumphs over the evil that is John Boehner. But that isn't what it means. It mea...

Coal Ash, A Rancher's View

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the middle of a series of public hearings at sites around the country to gather input on new protection...

Sept 11th -- Let's Save That Date

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

You probably remember exactly where you were nine years ago on September 11th. But do you know where you'll be on that date this year? I hope you'll be joining us for the second annual observance of the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Weekly Pulse: Rotten Eggs, Drowsy Doctors, and Expensive Insurance

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Weekly Pulse: Rotten Eggs, Drowsy Doctors, and Expensive Insuranceby Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Tainted egg shell game The Iowa chap...

This One Really Stings

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

We called it, simply, The Test. I grew up on a house on Barnegat Bay in Chadwick Beach, New Jersey. With four little children scampering around, my pa...

EPA Ignores TN and AL on Coal Ash, Nearest Hearing Is 260 Miles From TVA Disaster Site

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Residents of Tennessee might have a few things to say about the impacts of coal ash, since the state suffered the worst coal ash disaster in U.S. history less than two years ago.

Fighting Coal Ash, Bureaucracy and Confusion

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

As I have mentioned on this blog before, the Environmental Protection Agency is currently holding public hearings at sites around the country to hear ...

America's Choice: Leave a Legacy of Hell or Bequeath Clean Air

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Labor unions are pressing for passage of policies like a Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) and comprehensive climate-change legislation that would promote transition to a clean-energy economy.

New Report Reveals Widespread Toxic Coal Ash Contamination

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

Power industry lobbyist Jim Roewer: "Wasn't a problem." Leslie Stahl: "Well, it was a problem, but we just didn't know it." This excerpt from a rece...

Who's the Coolest?

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

The new "Cool Schools" issue of Sierra magazine has some great stories about what's happening on campuses across the country, and it's inspiring stuff...

The Reign of King Coal is Ending

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bruce Nilles

by Bruce Nilles, Director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign Contrary to the impression you may have been left with after reading a recent Asso...

Judge Revokes USDA Approval Of Genetically Modified Sugar Beets, Orders Review

AP | MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge has revoked the government's approval of genetically altered sugar beets until regulators complete a more thorou...

Sierra Club -- What Hast Thou Wrought and at Whose Cost?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The Sierra Club wishes to close down the operations of a fertilizer producer. But do the economic and social pros and cons balance out, and if not, what can be done to bring greater equanimity to these confrontations?

Frack Attack

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

Fracking. It's a word you probably hadn't heard a year ago. This week the EPA had to postpone a hearing on the subject because of concerns the venue might not be able to accommodate the 8,000 citizens expected to show.

Apple Fools' Day

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

This week a prominent climate-cynics site, Watt's Up With That, promoted a climate-misinformation iPhone app that contains far more damaging Orwellian language than the Sierra Club's coal industry spoof.

Burning Coal Plus Hot Days = Unhealthy Air Warnings

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

Temperatures are soaring across the U.S., and one major cause is burning coal for energy. With this comes new research that poor air quality isn't just a struggle for your lungs, it's just as tough on your heart.