April 22, 2015
On its special day, what do you give the planet that has everything? How about some really good news? Last month, the International Energy Agency announced that "global emissions of carbon dioxide from the energy sector stalled in 2014, marking the first time in 40 years in which there was a halt...
April 21, 2015
Over the weekend I realized how dire the situation is for clean energy in Alabama. And realized why it is so important that the citizens of Alabama take the initiative to change our state energy system. So on the day before Earth Day, students took action. Seize the Grid at the University of Montevallo held its very first event at the Earth Fest Celebration.
April 20, 2015
Following decades of detrimental overseas coal project financing by Multilateral Development Banks (MDB), there has been meaningful progress made to secure new policies at MDBs to limit this type of financing -- specifically for coal projects, which are prone to devastating environmental and human rights violations. This includes clear restrictions at some of the world’s largest financiers, including the World Bank, European Investment Bank (EIB), and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). But despite this progress, there are some entrenched interests that refuse to get with the times.
April 19, 2015
#SeizetheGrid is a campaign to leverage campus’ energy purchasing power to transform the energy market for clean energy.
April 18, 2015
This week on Sierra Club Radio: We're honored to talk with grassroots hero and renowned environmental activist Lois Gibbs, whose work in Love Canal in the 1970's sparked a movement to clean up toxic waste. She talks with us about creative tactics in activism; what gives her hope; and her work now...
April 16, 2015
BREAKING: Today, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) introduced “TPA-2015,” which is legislation that would grant “fast track” authority for trade deals including the Trans-Pacific...
April 15, 2015
Last week the Sierra Club continued its push-back against the rush to replace one dirty fossil fuel with another. Arizona Public Service Company (APS) is proposing to build a new natural gas “peaker” plant in Tempe, Arizona. The proposed Ocotillo plant would exacerbate air quality in an area that already violates standards for particulate matter (soot) and ozone. It would also be allowed to emit greenhouse gases at a rate that is just shy of a coal plant.
April 15, 2015
If you are looking for the latest sign that the coal industry is desperate, look no further than the three lawsuits coal companies and their defenders are bringing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Thursday. Big Coal -- led by the infamous Bob Murray and Murray Energy -- and a handful of allied Attorneys General are trying a long shot legal strategy to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing the Clean Power Plan, the agency’s first-ever program to cut climate-disrupting carbon pollution from fossil fuel-fired power plants. The Sierra Club will be fighting back in court on Thursday, and here is why.
April 14, 2015
The U.S. Forest Service recently proposed a misguided loophole to benefit Arch Coal and carve up roadless forests in Colorado. The Arch Coal Loophole would generate up to half a billion tons of carbon pollution and undermine President Obama’s climate objectives when we can least afford it. The proposal is bad for public lands, bad for climate, and bad for the American people.
April 14, 2015
Thirty-six Arizona Senators and Representatives sent a letter recently to President Obama urging him to permanently protect the Grand Canyon Watershed as a national monument. Highlighting the ecological, cultural, and economic importance of safeguarding the region, they also noted that, “Arizona...
April 11, 2015
This week on Sierra Club Radio: Our host Orli Cotel is back! And now recording new shows... Astrophysicist Roberto Trotta talks with us about his book, The Edge of the Sky, which explains the history of the universe using only the 1,000 most common words in the English language Peter Martin,...
April 10, 2015
Earlier this week, Barclays Bank did something amazing -- one of the world’s largest banks announced it would no longer finance coal-mining companies that pursue the destructive practice of mountaintop removal mining (MTR) in Appalachia.
April 10, 2015
Last week, the U.S. joined the ranks of the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, Gabon, and Mexico among others in announcing their Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), the commitment each country is presenting in an effort to tackle the climate crisis. Each of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) 195 member countries is putting forth an INDC in the run up to the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris later this year.
April 8, 2015
Policies to promote rooftop solar are under attack across the country. Utilities are trying to prop up their revenues by adopting higher fixed customer fees, which discourage the installation of rooftop solar or energy efficiency measures. A new draft report prepared for the Louisiana Public Service Commission concludes that the costs of state’s net-metering program vastly outweigh the benefits. But the Sierra Club and other solar advocates have called this study out for its unsubstantiated assumptions, flawed data, and misleading assertions.
April 7, 2015
Trip leader Valerie Eviner believes that the Sierra Club's Inspiring Connections Outdoors program, or ICO, gives youth from traditionally marginalized backgrounds relief from the stresses of their lives. “They don’t get a chance to be kids very much, to let loose,” she says. “It’s joy for those who need joy in their lives."