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Photo by Daniel R. Blume, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons In 2005, former Governor Schwarzenegger issued an Executive Order setting a target for California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. At the time it was issued, the Executive Order... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at The Planet
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As we look at the November 4 election results throughout the country and especially in the U.S. Senate, many environmentalists may be feeling a bit defeated, and worried about the trajectory of recent federal progress setting unprecedented fuel economy standards and significantly reducing carbon pollution in the electric sector. However,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at The Planet
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Yesterday Southern California Edison ("SCE") announced the resources it selected to replace capacity it received from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (above), a 2,200 MW nuclear facility, and once-through-cooling gas plants subject to retirement under State Water Board regulations. The Sierra Club invested a significant amount of time in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at The Planet
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By Stacy Bare, Sierra Club Outdoors Director On Veterans Day -- and for several days leading up to and after Veterans Day -- we celebrate those women and men who have served their country in uniform. We're lucky at the Sierra Club to have a high percentage among our members... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at The Planet
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Back in June, the Sierra Club and its allies in the Coal Free Massachusetts coalition won a long-sought victory when the owners of the 54-year-old Mt. Tom coal plant in Holyoke -- one of the biggest polluters in the state -- announced that the plant would cease coal operations this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at The Planet
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Fountain Lake Farm in central Wisconsin, the boyhood home of Sierra Club founder John Muir, was recently purchased for protection by a Wisconsin land trust. The newly protected area will adjoin the John Muir Memorial County Park and be part of a larger 1,400-acre natural preserve, which also includes the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at The Planet
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The National Wilderness Conference, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from October 15-19 -- the largest gathering of the wilderness community since the Act was signed in 1964. Among the keynote speakers was Sierra Club President David Scott, above. "I'm honored to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at The Planet
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By Robert Gardner, Sierra Club Beyond Natural Gas Campaign Fracking has exploded throughout the Marcellus Shale region in Pennsylvania. That much is no secret. People around the country have seen the devastation that this extreme form of extraction has caused to communities, peoples' lives, and the landscape of the state.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at The Planet
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Among those taking the greatest pride when President Obama formally designated the 346,000-acre San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in Southern California on October 10 was Susana Reyes, a member of the Sierra Club's Board of Directors since 2012. That's Reyes, above, speaking at the community celebration held immediately after the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at The Planet
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More than 120 residents and community leaders who live near coal-fired power plants in Waukegan, Romeoville, and Pekin, Illinois, gathered at Waukegan's Municipal Beach on Lake Michigan in view of NRG Energy's 60-year-old Waukegan Generating Station for an event called Hands Across the Sand: Solidarity for Clean Water and Clean... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at The Planet
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On October 8, some 30 Sierra Club volunteers and four staffers with the Club's Beyond Coal campaign delivered more than 10,000 petitions to Puget Sound Energy's legislative office in Olympia, urging PSE to replace the coal power in its portfolio with clean energy such as wind and solar and efficiency... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at The Planet
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Albuquerque The huge People's Climate March in New York City on September 21 dominated the headlines -- and rightly so, as some 400,000 people marched through the streets of Midtown Manhattan. But the New York march was just one of 2,646 solidarity events in 162 countries around the globe. From... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at The Planet
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"Coursing through Midtown, from Columbus Circle to Times Square and the Far West Side, the People's Climate March was a spectacle even for a city known for doing things big." So said the New York Times in its front-page coverage of the People's Climate March in Manhattan. More than 400,000... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at The Planet
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On a steamy evening earlier this month, dozens of residents of Gretna, Louisiana, which sits immediately across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, arrived at a City Council meeting, steeled for battle in their fight against a proposed coal export terminal in Plaquemines Parish on the Gulf Coast. But instead... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at The Planet
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The Sierra Club's Borderlands Team got a little love from the media earlier this month with the publication of one story about coalition efforts to restore environmental protections along the U.S.-Mexico border and another profiling the Club's work on the issue. And just in time, too, because if there's one... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at The Planet
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On September 6, the Sierra Club's Delaware Chapter received the Community Service Award from the Newark Branch of the NAACP at its 18th annual Freedom Fund Dinner. Above, that's Amy Roe, Conservation Co-Chair of the Delaware Chapter, receiving the award from Gary Hayman, president of the Newark Branch NAACP. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at The Planet
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During the dog days of summer late last month, the Sierra Club sponsored a "Beat the Heat" event in Bellevue, Washington, to support Governor Jay Inslee's call for climate action and pressure Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to come up with a plan to transition from coal to clean energy. Free... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at The Planet
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Last year, Maryland positioned itself as an East Coast leader in offshore wind development with the passage of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013. The Sierra Club's Maryland Chapter worked for more than three years to get the bill passed. Unfortunately, the state suffers from the worst smog... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at The Planet
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As many utilities nationwide see people taking clean energy into their own hands by adding solar to their rooftops, some are fighting it tooth and nail. Arizona passed a solar tax last year, and just this week the familiar battle made the news in Virginia -- but a major victory... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at The Planet
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Bayou Bienvenue. Photo courtesy of Infrogmation of New Orleans When you hear the word "bayou" it is hard not to think of the American Gulf Coast. These unique swampy ecosystems have come to define the region, especially in Louisiana. In fact, the word "bayou" is believed to have originated in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at The Planet
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2,500-mile totem pole trip unites tribal and non-tribal communities across two countries By Robin Everett, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign With the rallying cry of, "Warrior Up!" members of the Lummi Nation embarked in late August on a totem pole journey which they called Our Shared Responsibility: The Land, The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at The Planet
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By Greg Gorman, Skylands Group Conservation Chair The rolling hills and lush valleys of northwestern New Jersey known as the Skylands are bordered by Delaware River to the west and the megalopolis of greater New York City to the east. Home to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Wallkill... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at The Planet
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By Robin Everett, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign Last year, members of the Pacific Northwest's Lummi Nation made a historic trip to the Otter Creek Valley of Montana with a traditional, hand-carved totem pole. Together with local ranchers and members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, they began a journey across... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at The Planet
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After a two-year campaign by 50 organizations in the Power Indy Forward Coalition, Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) has announced its intention to stop burning coal at its downtown Harding Street power plant in 2016 and close the unlined coal ash lagoons at the plant, located on the city's south... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at The Planet
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Six years of legal challenges and grassroots pressure from the Sierra Club against the Kemper coal plant have resulted in a landmark legal settlement that will bring $15 million in energy efficiency and clean energy investments to Mississippi. The agreement between the Sierra Club and Mississippi Power will also make... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at The Planet