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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.

New Poll: Americans Ready for Action on Carbon Pollution

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Public hearing in Washington, DC, Thursday will be packed with supporters. This week we once again heard the call for action from Americans loud and ...

Keystone XL: Set to Reject

Michael Brune | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Although he has struggled with the paradox of reducing carbon pollution while promoting a dirty "all of the above" energy policy, Obama already has more than enough evidence to reject this pipeline based solely on its effect on climate disruption. But even though this debate has centered on climate, that is only part of what's at stake.

Kate Sheppard

With Waxman's Retirement, Environmental Groups Will Lose A Key Ally In The House

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- After 20 terms in the House of Representatives, California Democrat Henry Waxman is calling it quits. And with his retirement, environ...

At Last! EPA Required to Finish Coal Ash Safeguards

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 04.01.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Late Wednesday we saw a victory for clean water and public health: The Sierra Club is pleased to be a part of a legal agreement with 11 organizations ...

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...