Bruce Nilles

Bruce Nilles is the Deputy Conservation Director of the Sierra Club and former director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, the largest component of Sierra Club's new Climate Recovery Partnerships. The Beyond Coal Campaign is working to reduce America's over reliance on coal, slash coal's contribution to global warming and other pollution woes, end destructive mining, and secure massive investments in clean energy alternatives. Bruce joined the Sierra Club in 2002. He previously worked as a staff attorney for Earthjustice's San Francisco office, and during the Clinton Administration as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division in Washington D.C. He received his J.D. and B.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin.

Climate & Energy

Blowing in the right direction: Two big wind projects are moving forward

A wind project in Wyoming and another off the coast of New England will help us transition to a future without coal.

Good riddance

The outlook dimmed for coal in 2010

2010 was a rough year for the coal industry, as dozens of proposed new coal plants were taken off the drawing board and utilities announced the retirement of 12,000 megawatts of coal plants.

Blogging Begins from New Sierra Club Beyond Coal Director Mary Anne Hitt

Today I am officially turning over the blog reins to Mary Anne Hitt, the new Director of the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign. She will now be blogging weekly on important coal and clean energy issues – so I urge you to bookmark her blog. Her first post is up now. Mary Anne has been with the Sierra Club for two years, serving first as the Deputy Director of the Beyond Coal Campaign. Before coming to the Club, she was the Executive Director of Appalachian Voices and co-founded, an online campaign to end mountaintop removal coal mining that received …

Last Chance to Tell EPA We Want Strong Coal Ash Safeguards

The comment period ends tomorrow for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed federal safeguards for toxic coal ash. Coal ash is the by-product of burning coal for electricity, and it contains a toxic mix of chemicals: mercury, arsenic, lead, chromium, selenium, and more. We’ve been calling for strong federal safeguards from EPA during the comment period over the past few months. You’ve seen more than 2,000 people wanting protection from coal ash rally and then pack the eight EPA public hearings across the U.S. We’ve helped more than 118,000 concerned citizens send in their comments via email and postcard so far. …

New coal ash hotline and video

The comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed coal ash safeguards is winding down, with the deadline being next Friday, Nov. 19. (Have you submitted your comment yet?) But just because the deadline is approaching does not mean we’re slowing our action on coal ash. It’s toxic and must be treated as such. That’s why this week the Sierra Club opened a hotline to help residents report suspected contamination or spills of toxic coal ash across the country. Residents who believe there is toxic coal ash contamination near their homes either from an unreported spill or through leaking ash …

Coal Travels Abroad On Our Dime

Why is the U.S. helping finance fossil fuels overseas?

Ex-Im Bank is not only failing to finance a clean energy economy, but it is also saddling dynamic emerging markets with 19th century fuels by propping up an industry only able to survive in a 21st century economy through political maneuvering, enormous subsidies, and misleading PR campaigns.

Dirty Deeds

Coal industry continues its shady practices

No surprise here, the coal industry is part of the polluters throwing money around to support candidates who will keep the loopholes and handouts in place. But the shady politics don't stop there. If you ever wanted evidence that the coal industry is corrupting our politics, look no further than the state of Kansas and the decision by Gov. Mark Parkinson to fire his chief environmental official Rod Bremby.

Texas' Fight Against Coal and Coal Ash

This is the latest in our series of community coal ash profiles. This piece was written by Sierra Club Apprentice Sari Ancel. Here’s lovely daydream if you’re from southeast Texas: It’s a warm fall afternoon and you’re out fishing on the banks of the Colorado River, listening to the sounds of birds migrating south. Unfortunately, a proposed coal-fired power plant will soon ruin that daydream. There will be no fish to catch because their habitat has long been polluted. Those birds overhead will be flying through smoke plumes from the nearby coal-fired power plant. And forget a quiet afternoon, you’ll …

One More Thing to Worry About in Middle School – Energy Regulations?

Mary Anne Hitt, the director of the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign, is a new mom and has some words for those trying to greenwash schoolkids and college students: As a new mom, I’m paying more attention these days to how big companies are trying to influence our kids. I just learned that one of the biggest blockers of climate action in the U.S. is now bringing its obstructionism to your kid’s middle school classroom. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy just released an energy education guide for teachers of 5th – 8th grade. The guide …

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