Mary Anne Hitt

Mary Anne Hitt is director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, which is working to eliminate coal's contribution to global warming and repower the nation with clean energy.

One big step closer to ending mountaintop removal

One of Appalachia’s biggest coal companies is getting out of the mountaintop-removal business. In a landmark announcement, Patriot Coal, one of Appalachia’s three largest mountaintop removal companies, has signed a settlement agreement with the Sierra …

Union of Concerned Scientists Report Finds One-Third of US Coal Plants Ripe For Retirement

Today our friends at the Union of Concerned Scientists released an impressive report showing that as many as one-third of U.S. coal plants are due for retirement because they are outdated, lack modern pollution controls, …

What Obama’s Re-Election Means for Coal, Climate Change, and America’s Energy Future

President Obama’s victory yesterday was a victory for clean energy, one that gives us a fighting chance to slash coal pollution and turn the corner on climate change, in the wake of a devastating hurricane …

Clean Energy on the Ballot: Fossil Fuel Companies Spending Big to Defeat Michigan Initiative

With Election Day just around the corner, I know many of you will be thinking about clean energy, climate change, and coal pollution when you cast your ballots. I have to admit, I’m a little …

Big Coal Bullying Prompts University to Destroy Artwork

Bullied by coal companies and their allies in the Wyoming legislature, the University of Wyoming earlier this year caved to threats that millions of dollars in funding were in jeopardy if they didn’t remove an …

Uniting Against Coal Exports in the Pacific Northwest

A coal train in the Pacific Northwest. Photo by Paul K. Anderson. There’s been a lot of buzz about coal exports lately, but if I was a betting woman, I’d say the smart money is …

Powerful New Series Reveals the True Cost of Coal

The first time I watched this is powerful new video, it stopped me in my tracks. It’s the debut video for our latest project, a photo series from Sierra magazine called “The Cost of Coal.” …

LA Chooses Clean Energy Over Coal

This week, we won a major victory when the Los Angeles City Council approved the L.A. Department of Water and Power’s plan to invest in clean energy, rather than continue to ship customer’s money out …

Notorious Northern Virginia coal plant officially retires

On a scorching hot day last July, I stood on the deck of a boat on the Potomac River and introduced Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist and mayor of New York City, who was there to announce …

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