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.

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Poisons Appalachia’s Waterways

I remember the first time I saw a mountaintop-removal coal mining site – Kayford Mountain in southern West Virginia. Those images have never left my mind – a barren landscape where there was once lush …

Montana and Minnesota: Coal vs. Clean Energy

It’s easy to get excited about the future coming off our recent announcement that we’re half-way to our goal of retiring one-third of the nation’s coal fleet. Seeing those successes city-by-city and state-by-state is inspiring, …

A Big New Milestone Reached In Coal Retirement, Public Health, Climate Disruption

Millions of Americans are breathing easier these days as we announce that the Sierra Club Beyond Coal campaign has crossed the halfway mark toward meeting our goal of securing the retirement of a third of …

Put Your Money Where Your Future Is: College Students Lead the Way on Fossil Fuel Divestment

While I loved every one of the thousands of faces I saw at Sunday’s massive Forward on Climate rally in Washington, D.C., I was especially inspired by the huge number of young people who trekked …

Filthy and Over-Budget? Let the Public Pay For It!

A fight over a new coal plant in Mississippi that is heating up this week offers a powerful example of the high cost of coal, both for our wallets and our health. We say it …

Obama’s Legacy, the Climate Rally, and What It Means for Coal

My daughter Hazel is no stranger to rallies and public hearings. I’ve taken her to all sorts of events, because it’s her future that’s at stake…and sometimes because no babysitters are available. But one event …

Clean Energy Continues to Break Records, Lead the Way

Here are two headlines from the past week that blew me away (no pun intended): #1- Wind was the top new energy source to come online in 2012. #2- “Renewable-energy capacity in the U.S. almost …

100 Days of Action for Climate, Clean Energy Kicks Off with Coast to Coast Events

In the two weeks since the Sierra Club launched our Obama Climate and Clean Energy Legacy campaign, Sierra Club volunteers, chapters, organizers, and allies have held more than 30 inspiring (and fun!) launch events nationwide. …

On Heels of Inaugural Address, Sierra Club Announces Coal Retirement Milestone

I was fired up by President Obama’s remarks on climate and clean energy in his second inaugural address – and gauging by the huge cheer that went up from the crowd, it sounded like the …

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