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.

Coal Ash, A Rancher's View

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the middle of a series of public hearings at sites around the country to gather input on new protections …

Fighting Coal Ash, Bureaucracy and Confusion

As I have mentioned on this blog before, the Environmental Protection Agency is currently holding public hearings at sites around the country to hear your …

New report reveals widespread toxic coal ash contamination

Power industry lobbyist Jim Roewer: “Wasn’t a problem.” Leslie Stahl: “Well, it was a problem, but we just didn’t know it.” This excerpt from a …

The Reign of King Coal is Ending

by Bruce Nilles, Director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign Contrary to the impression you may have been left with after reading a recent …

Burning Coal + Hot Days = Unhealthy Air Warnings

Yesterday and today are code orange unhealthy air alert days in the Washington, DC, region where I live. The 95+ degree temperatures and excessive ground-level …

Take Action: Some In Congress Spreading Misinformation About Coal Ash

Coal ash contains numerous poisonous chemicals, including arsenic, selenium, lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, boron, thallium, and aluminum. So why are some members of Congress wanting …

Game Changer: EPA Asserts Tar Sands Pipeline Environmental Analysis is Inadequate

This post was co-written by Lena Moffitt, Washington Representative for the Sierra Club Dirty Fuels Campaign. This week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) blasted the …

Big Cities Want Big Changes in Energy

Today I’ll focus on yet another community suffering from coal’s pollution – but this community is a little bit larger, and it’s on the front …

Ashley Judd is Doing the Right Thing

My colleague, Sierra Club Conservation Director Sarah Hodgdon, just wrote this excellent piece on Ashley Judd and I wanted to share it here: Actress Ashley …