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And Then the Summer Ended...

Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz | Posted 11.24.2013 | Green
Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz

There were the in-between moments, too, the turning points, the long hours posted up at the airport during delays, the lesson learned that it's more about the journey than the destination. Backpacking in Sequoia really brought that point home.

The Audacity of Action

Carl Pope | Posted 11.23.2013 | Green
Carl Pope

The Beyond Coal focus has moved from stopping new plants to retiring the existing, outmoded, polluting fleet -- already 149 of 522 coal burners have announced retirement dates in the next few years, and the Pacific Coast will soon be a coal-free region.

If Movement Fails to Draw the Line Against Keystone XL in TX & OK, We All Flunk the Climate Test

Tom Weis | Posted 11.23.2013 | Green
Tom Weis

Here's the inconvenient truth about the Keystone XL: TransCanada does not need the pipeline's northern leg to begin pumping hundreds of thousands of barrels of toxic tar sands daily through America's breadbasket for export overseas.

Service Eruption

Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz | Posted 11.20.2013 | Green
Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz

What: a service trip coordinate by the Sierra Club. These 16 people signed up to camp, help eradicate invasive, non-native plants from the park, and explore the area with each other. A tenacious bunch.

Hokum and Bunk in the Senate

Michael Brune | Posted 11.20.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

You don't need to be a cowboy philosopher to appreciate what an embarrassment the U.S. Senate's handling of the Shaheen-Portman bill is. It's time for our senators to do their job and pass an energy-efficiency bill that would save money, create jobs, and help stop climate disruption.

A Dangerous Extremist Aiming for Virginia's Governorship

Javier Sierra | Posted 09.20.2013 | Green
Javier Sierra

Cuccinell's anti-science extremism can only be compared to his passion to protect the fossil fuel industry and other polluters. Just consider that, according to the NCLR/Sierra Club survey, for 83 percent of Latinos, coal plants and oil refineries "are a thing of the past." This is irrelevant to Cuccinelli.

What the New Power Plant Carbon Standard Means for Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.20.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

In the words of our Vice-President, this is a BFD. On Friday, September 20, the Environmental Protection Agency released draft carbon pollution standa...

Try Climbing a Mountain

Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green
Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz

It all began on a windy road leading into Mineral King, a valley deep in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. I would be lying if I said we didn't get massively carsick.

Protecting Americans from Power Plant Pollution

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.17.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

On September 20, the Environmental Protection Agency will release new safeguards against carbon pollution that, if expectations are on target, will co...

Yes, Virginia, There Are Climate Solutions

Michael Brune | Posted 11.16.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

Ken Cuccinelli's extreme record not only shows him to be on the wrong side of every environmental issue but also to be anti-science and aggressively reactionary.

5 Eco Products for Cars

Sierra | Posted 11.16.2013 | Green
Sierra

Forget those dangling trees. They may be shaped like the Sierra Club's logo, but there's nothing natural about those chemical-swathed "pines."

Kate Sheppard

Senate Resumes Energy Efficiency Bill Debate (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics

The Senate took up bipartisan energy efficiency legislation last week, but didn't make much progress before the close of business on Thursday evening....

Kate Sheppard

Senate Takes Up Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Legislation

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics

The Senate is debating a bipartisan energy bill this week that if passed would become the first substantial energy legislation in six years. The En...

Kentucky's Coal Challenges - Public Health, Clean Water, and Clean Air

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.11.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Guest column by Heather Moyer, Sierra Club This week's column focuses on some big coal-related news items out of the Bluegrass State, where some insp...

Reverb: The New Green Sound

Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz | Posted 11.10.2013 | Green
Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz

Remember when concert tours were eco-friendly? Yeah, me neither. But this, "said no one ever," is potentially on its way to being a, "said everyone." Reverb, a non-profit, is working to green-ify music tours and do outreach and education.

Ken Cuccinelli's Environmental Record Attacked in New Campaign

Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

The Sierra Club launched a new website on Thursday attacking Virginia's Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli's positions on environmental...

Wolves Will Lick Your Face

Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz | Posted 11.03.2013 | Green
Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz

The penultimate trip this summer for me and Daniel can be summed up in two words: wolves rock. Still in awe, and it's been over a week since I was licked on the face by one.

Louisiana gives the green light to a publicly opposed coal terminal

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.31.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This is an updated version of an Aug. 26, 2013 article in "The Louisiana Weekly.") On Friday, Louisiana's Department of Natural Resources gave RAM T...

Kate Sheppard

Keystone XL's Climate Impact Would Be Enormous, According to Enviros

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.30.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Further development of the Canadian tar sands will be a disaster for the climate, and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is the "linchpin...

Why Keystone Flunks the Climate Test

Michael Brune | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

In June Obama said he will not approve the pipeline if it would significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. Today the Sierra Club, Oil Change International, and 13 partner groups have released a report that settles the issue: Keystone XL would be a climate disaster.

Outdoor Nation Vacation

Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz | Posted 10.28.2013 | Green
Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz

Even though the phrase "youth leadership summit" is drier than the Mojave Desert, this one was practically Niagara Falls. We had absolutely no idea what to expect, but were pretty much sold once they gave each attendee a nifty trivia answering pad.

Frack Me! Illinois Environmental Council Awards Big Coal/Fracking Champ Bradley With Top Honors?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 10.26.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The skewed IEC award stunned many in Illinois' diverse environmental community, which had been deeply divided over the backroom negotiations on an admittedly flawed regulatory bill earlier this summer.

Why Greens Are Commemorating the March on Washington

Quentin James | Posted 10.23.2013 | Green
Quentin James

We're standing up for the clean energy economy that's growing nationwide and proving we don't have to sacrifice our planet for good paying jobs.

Protect Public Lands From Reckless Fracking? Yes We Can!

Michael Brune | Posted 10.22.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

One of the worst consequences of President Obama's reckless "all of the above" energy policy is the blight of oil and gas rigs that has spread across our public lands -- often right next to national parks and wilderness areas.

Solar Crowdfunding's Lessons Learned

Justin Guay | Posted 10.13.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

We have two broken systems - energy and finance - which conspire to support a coal fired centralized grid that never reaches the poor while driving ...