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.

The News Just Keeps Getting Worse for West Virginia (and It Doesn’t Stop There)

Earlier this week my West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the following about whether people should be drinking the water in Charleston and downstream: “It’s your decision….I’m not a scientist.” For the 300,000 people …

Recovery from WV Coal Chemical Spill Continues – What Next?

As a West Virginian, this has been a sad, frustrating, and infuriating time for me, though I do not live in the area affected by last week’s coal chemical spill. More than 300,000 people in …

Marquee Investor Backs Away from Coal Exports in the Northwest

One of the largest investment banks in the world has backed away from the Cherry Point coal export proposal in Washington. Earlier this week, financial giant Goldman Sachs sold off its stake in the parent …

Five Years After Tragic Disaster in Tennessee, Still No Coal Ash Safeguards

This coming Sunday, Dec. 22,  marks five years since the Kingston Coal Plant’s ash dam in Tennessee ruptured, sending more than a billion gallons of toxic sludge into homes, onto farmland, and into the Emory …

What’s At Stake: Clean Air and Public Health in our Highest Courts on December 10

This Tuesday, December 10, our nation’s highest courts will hear two landmark Clean Air Act cases that have big implications for public health. First and foremost, the Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on the …

Will Your Tax Dollars Fund a Highway that’s a Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine in Disguise?

Today, Appalachian community leaders are in Washington, D.C., to protest a Virginia coal boondoggle that has set its sights on $2 billion of your federal tax dollars. Mountaintop removal coal mining is already a shocking, …

#ClimateThanks: 5 Things I’m Thankful for this Year

This Thanksgiving, people around the country are using the hashtag #ClimateThanks on Twitter to share who and what they’re thankful for in the fight against climate disruption. As director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal …

Illinois College Students Vote Six to One in Favor of Divestment

Mary Anne Hitt: Americans continue to demand clean energy from the local to national level, and here’s yet another amazing example of quick, successful organizing by college students in Illinois. I’ll let my colleagues tell …

Country’s Largest Public Power Provider Takes Next Major Step to Move Beyond Coal

Today the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced it will retire coal boilers at three of its coal plants in Alabama and Kentucky. Retiring these coal boilers means less pollution in the air and water in …

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