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Ground-Breaking Solar Agreement Between LA and Nevada Tribe

Today Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed an agreement to purchase enough solar energy from Nevada's Moapa Band of Paiutes to power 105,000 Los Angeles homes. (That's him at the podium above making the announcement in front of a new array of solar panels at Occidental College). This ground-breaking agreement is great news for everyone involved. From the Moapa Band of Paiutes, who are building the solar farm on their land; to the residents of Los Angeles, who will reap the benefits of cleaner electricity; to all Americans demanding a transition to clean energy; we salute the effective grassroots organizing …

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The Power of an Example: New Net-Zero Energy Office an Inspiration

This week I had the great pleasure of attending the grand opening of the first-ever net-zero energy office in Florida, which will serve as the Sierra Club's state headquarters, and will also house two design firms. The building is in St. Petersburg, Florida, and it's an inspiring example of the important solutions we need to implement in order to move our country beyond coal and oil. This building goes even farther than relying on clean energy -- the facility makes more energy than it uses. The ribbon cutting ceremony was a remarkable event, bringing the Sierra Club together with three …

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New Poll Finds Ratepayers Strongly Oppose Duke Energy Coal Boondoggle

As state regulators prepare to make a major decision on the future of a proposed Indiana coal plant with a $3.5 billion price tag, this week the Sierra Club and allies released a new poll and report showing that the public is strongly opposed to footing the bill for this over-budget boondoggle. Duke Energy is expecting its Indiana customers to pay for a new coal plant that's now $1.5 billion over-budget and will emit an estimated four million tons of climate-disrupting carbon pollution every year. The 618-megawatt Edwardsport, Indiana, Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Generating Facility (IGCC) is a $3.554 billion …

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Ohio’s Next Big Decision — A Clean or Dirty Energy Future?

Now that the presidential election is over, the people of Ohio are facing another important choice -- whether their state will embrace clean energy measures that will save money and lives, or continue wasting energy from polluting coal plants. To help get the message out far and wide, the Ohio Sierra Club is launching new billboards that are taking energy efficiency to the street. There's a big question mark hanging over the state's energy direction. Will the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio choose a future of unnecessary and expensive coal and gas generating plants that make people sick or, instead, …

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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 Club, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy committing to end its practice of large-scale surface mining in Appalachia, and to retire much of its mountaintop-removal equipment, including two massive mining machines called draglines. The conservation groups were represented in the negotiations by Joe Lovett of Appalachian Mountain Advocates. I have been working for over a decade to end mountaintop removal, and I …

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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, and can no longer compete in the marketplace with other forms of energy. The report details the range of up to 641 coal-fired boilers -- up to 100 gigawatts -- that are either recently retired or due for retirement because they are economically uncompetitive compared with more affordable energy sources.  This is an incredible amount of coal-fired generators that are being shown as economy uncompetitive …

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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 that brought global warming into sharp, painful focus for millions of Americans. As the Sierra Club's Michael Brune said on election night, "We did it." Fossil fuel billionaires had spent at record levels to defeat Obama in this election, and Romney had returned the favor, promising to open the floodgates on more mining and drilling if elected. But then Hurricane Sandy hit the Eastern Seaboard, …

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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 jealous of my friends in Michigan who get to vote on a fantastic opportunity for more clean energy in their state. Unfortunately, big fossil fuel companies are spending big at the eleventh hour to try and stand in the way of a clean energy future for Michigan -- and the nation. Proposal 3, which will be on the Michigan ballot next Tuesday, calls for 25 …

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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 outdoor art installation on the university campus that Big Coal deemed offensive. The sculpture, "Carbon Sink: What Goes Around Comes Around," was installed on the campus by British artist Chris Drury in July 2011. A spiral of logs made from trees killed by a pine-beetle infestation, the center of the 36-foot-diameter sculpture featured coal-blackened logs surrounded by lumps of coal. The $45,000 piece was paid for …

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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 on these coal industry pipe dreams never becoming a reality. That's because local communities that would receive the brunt of the pollution from transporting all that coal are standing up and saying no, one after another. Communities across the Pacific Northwest continue to band together in opposition to coal export terminals and the massive increase in rail traffic that would come with it. Especially breath-taking …

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