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The News Just Keeps Getting Worse for West Virginia (and It Doesn't Stop There)

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Earlier this week West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the following about whether people should be drinking the water in Charleston and downstream: "It's your decision. ... I'm not a scientist." For the 300,000 people affected by the coal chemical spill from two weeks ago, I bet that's very reassuring.

Weather on Steroids: Elaborating on Jon Stewart's Takedown of Trump

Abel Collins | Posted 03.24.2014 | Green
Abel Collins

I will say what the scientist will not: Our freezing weather is the result of global warming.

Eyes on the Prize

Michael Brune | Posted 03.18.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

every time I hear President Obama or someone in his administration talk about an "all of the above" energy policy, it's like fingernails on a solar panel. If someone asked you which way leads to the top of a mountain, would you tell them "all of the above"? Of course not.

Kate Sheppard

WikiLeaks Exposes What Obama's Secret Trade Deal Would Do To The Environment

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WikiLeaks published a leaked draft of the environment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Wednesday, and environmental groups ar...

Marquee Investor Backs Away from Coal Exports in the Northwest

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

One of the largest investment banks in the world has backed away from the Cherry Point coal export proposal in Washington. Earlier this week, financ...

14 Reasons We All Need Nearby Nature in 2014

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 03.05.2014 | Green
Jackie Ostfeld

ADD/ADHD may affect more than 2 million children in America. Studies have shown that the symptoms of ADD are reduced in children who participate in outdoor activities in green natural settings.

Kate Sheppard

Will Congress Go ANOTHER Year Without Designating New Wilderness?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the law that created a new designation for public lands that retain their "p...

Keystone XL Fork in the Road: TransCanada's Houston Lateral Pipeline

Steve Horn | Posted 02.19.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

there's a fork in this controversial pipeline system that has largely flown under the radar: TransCanada's Houston Lateral Pipeline, which serves as a literal fork in the road of the southern half of Keystone XL's route to Gulf Coast refineries.

Lucky '13: Big Year for the Beyond Oil Campaign

Michael Marx | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Michael Marx

I've never been superstitious, but looking back on 2013 it's likely that oil company executives will be. In 2013, the Sierra Club's Beyond Oil campaign made huge strides in blocking some of the most polluting and carbon-intensive sources of oil.

Five Years After Tragic Disaster in Tennessee, Still No Coal Ash Safeguards

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This coming Sunday, Dec. 22, marks five years since the Kingston Coal Plant's ash dam in Tennessee ruptured, sending more than a billion gallons of t...

How Much For A Ray Of Sunshine?

Posted 12.11.2013 | Green

How much for a ray of sunshine? In Colorado it's becoming a hotly contested question. Almost 30,000 Coloradans signed a petition that was deliver...

Kate Sheppard

Sierra Club's War On Coal Goes Global

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The Sierra Club is going global with its effort to block new coal-fired power plants. The environmental group has claimed at least p...

Sierra Club Jumps Into Silicon Valley Congressional Race

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) received a potential boost on Tuesday in the form of an endorsement from the Sierra Club, as he faces a centr...

What's at Stake: Clean Air and Public Health in Our Highest Courts on December 10

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.08.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Back in 2011, EPA unveiled this update of a critical public health protection. Unfortunately, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an extremely controversial divided ruling in August of 2012 that struck down this rule.

A Monumental Time to Act

Michael Brune | Posted 02.08.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Although it would be wonderful if Congress were to come to its senses anytime soon, chances of that are slim. If we want any real progress on protecting public lands, then our best hope is the executive branch. And in fact, there's reason to be optimistic that the Obama administration might deliver.

Will Your Tax Dollars Fund a Highway That's a Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine in Disguise?

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.04.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Mountaintop removal coal mining is already a shocking, devastating, and destructive practice on its own -- but what happens when you add in coal companies making deals with state and federal transportation agencies in order to seize private land and blow it up for coal?

#ClimateThanks: 5 Things I'm Thankful for this Year

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.27.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This Thanksgiving, people around the country are using the hashtag #ClimateThanks on Twitter to share who and what they're thankful for in the fight a...

Walmart Workers Will Make History on Friday as America Confronts Growing Inequality

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The Black Friday rallies and demonstrations represent a dramatic escalation of the growing protest movement among employees of America's largest private employer. But they also represent the vanguard of a sharp challenge to the nation's widening economic divide.

US Court Denies Halt on Pipeline Set to Replace Keystone XL Northern Half

Steve Horn | Posted 01.24.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

That 600-mile long, 600,000 barrels per day proposed line runs from Flanagan, Illinois - located in the north central part of the state -- down to Cushing, Oklahoma, dubbed the "pipeline crossroads of the world."

Illinois College Students Vote Six to One in Favor of Divestment

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Americans continue to demand clean energy from the local to national level, and here's yet another amazing example of quick, successful organizing by ...

Time to Speak Up Against Carbon Pollution

Amanda Hanley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago
Amanda Hanley

Last Friday, over 230 citizens voiced their concerns at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listening session in Chicago about proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. I was one of them.

Live Better? Walmart Failing Workers, Failing on Climate

Michael Marx | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Michael Marx

Walmart has exercised its immense financial power to shirk the American public's demands for socially responsible business. The company is failing America on carbon pollution, it's failing its employees on livable wages and on the dignity and respect they deserve. And it's failing Americans by delaying action on climate.

Kate Sheppard

Whatever Happened To All That Enthusiasm For 'Clean Coal?'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't that long ago that "clean coal" was all the rage. John McCain touted it on the campaign trail in 2008. So did Barack Obama. Th...

Country's Largest Public Power Provider Takes Major Step to Move Beyond Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Today the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced it will retire coal boilers are three of its coal plants in Alabama and Kentucky. Retiring these ...

Overwhelming Support for Climate Action at EPA Listening Sessions

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Last week, I rode a bus from Indianapolis to Chicago for one of eleven listening sessions on the carbon pollution standards being proposed by the Envi...