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North Carolinians Want Coal Ash Safeguards Now

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The controversy continues almost two months after a Duke Energy spill of toxic coal ash into the Dan River. First, the Waterkeeper Alliance discovered...

Finding Common Ground Outdoors

Michael Brune | Posted 05.24.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Spending time outdoors can be personally healing, but it's also something that can bring people together, regardless of differing backgrounds, political beliefs, or experience.

Kate Sheppard

25 Years After Exxon Valdez Spill, Environmental Advocates Say Oil Laws Outdated

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Twenty-five years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Prince William Sound has not fully recovered. Oil from the 10.8-million-gallon...

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Groups Launch Ad Blitz Defending Vulnerable Lawmakers

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON—Environmental groups are launching a multi-million dollar television advertising blitz to defend vulnerable members of Congress in four s...

A Victory for the Mendocino Coast

Rep. Jared Huffman | Posted 05.21.2014 | Green
Rep. Jared Huffman

The environment and economy of the North Coast just scored a big victory. Last Tuesday, President Obama designated the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument, protecting these pristine and breathtaking coastal lands.

Victory in Georgia: Students Continue to Make Progress Against Campus Coal Plants

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.20.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The UGA students are not patting themselves on the back just yet -- their push now is to get the school's administration to retire the coal boiler by 2018 and commit to clean energy for campus.

It's Time to Hold Accountable Advocates Who, in Pursuit of Their Values, Put Us at Risk

David Ropeik | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
David Ropeik

Golden rice is still not in use anywhere, because of opposition to GM (genetic modification) technology. Now two German economists have quantified the price of that opposition, in human health, and the numbers are truly frightening.

Clueless Oil Man Accidentally Pitches Sierra Club On Drilling Scheme

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics

Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune appears to have received quite the pitch this week. Brune posted an exchange to Facebook on Friday th...

Agencies Dodge Responsibility for Human Cost of Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.14.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week, we got some disappointing news - a judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers isn't responsible for considering the health effects of coa...

Gen. Jim Jones Didn't Disclose Industry Ties Before Testimony at Keystone XL Hearing

Steve Horn | Posted 05.13.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

The irony of it all: Jones may have drawn more attention to his testimony by not disclosing his ties than he would have by being transparent about them up-front, as required by the House.

It's Not About the Pipe

Michael Brune | Posted 05.11.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

In this first-ever national debate over a pipeline, the arguments are getting heated. So maybe it's a good time to take a couple of steps back to remind ourselves why we care. Just why is this pipeline such a big deal? That question has several answers, but they start with this: It's not about the pipe. It's about what the pipe would carry.

Michael McAuliff

NAFTA 20 Years On: Trade Deal Allowed Export Of Environmental Disasters

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A report due to be released Tuesday aims to offer an object lesson to President Barack Obama: Free trade deals have high costs in uninte...

Emulating Gabriel Heatter

Jerry Waxman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Jerry Waxman

If you're of a certain age (at least 65 and over) you remember what radio was like in the 1940s and 1950s before commercial television took hold.

Our Last Coal Ash Spill: No More Delays for Coal Water Pollution Protections

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Last week, security guards at Duke Energy's Charlotte headquarters blocked me from delivering 9,000 petitions signed by Duke customers calling on the ...

Moving Cars in the Right Direction

Michael Brune | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Everybody knows that standing in front of a moving car is dangerous, but what about standing behind one? Currently, four out of 10 Americans live in a place where the air is sometimes dangerous to breathe, thanks in part to smog from cars and trucks.

Should Sierra Club Endorse Coal Rush/Fracking Gov. Quinn -- Or Call Out Environmental Disaster?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 04.30.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Questions abound in Illinois, where coal mining production and its toxic slurry fallout has skyrocketed by a mind-boggling 70 percent during the Quinn administration.

How Environmentalists Created the Koch Brothers, and How the Heartland Institute Radicalized Environmentalists

Bill Shireman | Posted 04.27.2014 | Green
Bill Shireman

We created the demon Koch brothers. We made them not just our adversaries but our deeply committed enemies, lacking in nuance, matching our simplistic caricatures, who fear us as much as we fear them.

Kate Sheppard

After Chemical Spill, Poll Finds Most West Virginians Want Tougher Regulations

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.24.2014 | Green

A large majority of West Virginians think that last month's chemical spill, which left 300,000 residents without access to safe tap water, was a "wake...

New Poll, Rally Show WV, NC and Beyond are Fed Up With Coal Industry's Pollution

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 04.26.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

West Virginians hold the coal industry responsible for air and water contamination in the state, and they are tired of the stranglehold they believe the industry's lobbyists have on state politics.

Kate Sheppard

Sidetracked Senate Energy Efficiency Bill Will Be Back Next Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan energy efficiency bill that got sidetracked last fall in the Senate is expected to come into play again next week. Sens...

ALEC's Fracking Chemical Disclosure Bill Moving Through Florida Legislature

Steve Horn | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

The American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) model bill for disclosure of chemicals injected into the ground during the controversial hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") process is back for a sequel in the Sunshine State legislature.

John Kasich's Advisers Knew Of Plan To Target 'Eco-Left' As State Promoted Fracking Effort

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

Top advisers to Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) were aware of a plan that the state's Department of Natural Resources was undertaking to target the "eco-lef...

Protecting Pristine Lands for Future Generations

Dan Chu | Posted 04.16.2014 | Green
Dan Chu

Last week my wife and I drove up the legendary Highway One on the California coast. Our destination was somewhere about 100 miles north of San Francisco, planted on the windswept bluffs perched above the ocean.

Enough Is Enough: Coal Pollution Spills Reveal a Water Safety Crisis

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

From corporate mishandling to federal inaction, the depressing fact is that those under the gun from coal pollution still don't have much recourse to protect their homes, their safety or their water.

Government by the People, Not the Polluters

Courtney Hight | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green
Courtney Hight

Ever since the Supreme Court's disastrous decision in Citizens United v. FEC, big polluting, big money campaign donors have been allowed to wreak havoc on our democracy. Today, we're taking some important steps to fight back.