sierra club

Climate Change: President Obama's FDR Moment

December 21, 2012 by Frances Beinecke


Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York CityI coauthored this post with Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. 2012 was a historic year for climate disasters. Between a devastating drought, raging wildfires and the superstorm Hurricane Sandy, millions of Americans saw the very real toll that climate disruption is having...[read more]

Targeting Our Efforts to Reduce National Oil Addiction, Part Two

October 5, 2012 by Deron Lovaas

Last week I wrote about a new analysis by NRDC, The Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters of gasoline use across the country, specifically comparing counties to one another to determine which are sponging up most gasoline and therefore literally driving our oil addiction.There was considerable interest in a map of national...[read more]

In The ‘Crazy’ World Of Carbon Finance, Coal Now Qualifies For Emission Reduction Credits

September 20, 2012 by Joseph Romm

A coal train, or a load of CDM carbon credits?In a decision criticized as “unfortunate” and even “insane” by onlookers, the United Nations has decided that new coal plants are eligible for carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).The CDM is a trading platform set up by the UN that allows developed countries to obtain...[read more]

The toxic debate over climate science

February 16, 2012 by Marc Gunther

The Heartland Institute, a free-market think tank that challenges the scientific consensus about climate change, was embarrassed by the release yesterday (Feb. 14) of confidential documents, including the names of corporate donors.[read more]

Sierra Club admits taking money to promote natural gas over coal

February 7, 2012 by Rod Adams

Looks like the Sierra Club is in hot water! What do you think about the controversy?[read more]

Sierra Club’s Brune: We’re Stopping Coal

October 24, 2011 by Marc Gunther

Michael Brune

  “We are starting to create the ecological U-turn that David Brower talked about, decades ago. On coal, it’s dramatic. We’ve seen a halt to the coal rush.” “Primarily because of regulations (from)  the Obama administration, we can now project a future where our oil consumption will decline.” “It’s not sufficient to address the...[read more]

When Changing A Lightbulb Isn’t Enough…

September 1, 2011 by Marc Gunther

   What have you done lately about climate change? In the last two weeks, about 700 Americans – with more to come – have been arrested in front of the White House, calling on President Obama to block the construction of the $7 billion, 1700-mile Keystone pipeline project that will bring Canadian tar sands oil to largest...[read more]

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg vs. Big Coal

July 22, 2011 by Marc Gunther

  Sierra Club's Mike Brune, Rep. Jim Moran and Michael Bloomberg In a gutsy move, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg today announced that his Bloomberg Philanthropies has pledged $50 million to the Sierra Club to fight coal plants. He didn’t do it quietly, either. Bloomberg chartered a boat to take about 100 Sierra Club activists,...[read more]

Art Wharton - What about external costs of energy technologies? Part 2

December 29, 2010 by Joseph Koblich

Where does waste = external costs? Dry cask storage area (Photo: NRC) Part 1 of this article, which appeared here on December 28, made the point that the nuclear power industry sequesters its nuclear “waste.” The same statement of high standard cannot be said for applications of combustion, whether it be from coal, petroleum products, or...[read more]

Dan Yurman - Exelon to close Oyster Creek early

December 16, 2010 by Joseph Koblich

Deal with New Jersey will let it operate for 10 more years without having to build cooling towers No one is happy with the decision by Exelon (NYSE:EXC) to close its 615-MW boiling water reactor at Oyster Creek in New Jersey. The company made the announcement on December 8 that it would shut down the plant in 2019, just halfway...[read more]

Cracks in wall for California’s ban on nuclear energy

October 28, 2010 by Dan Yurman

The potential for nuclear energy is not lost on some of the state’s political and business leaders For the past three decades the State of California has banned the development of new nuclear reactors inside its borders. Green groups led by the Sierra Club have pulverized any effort to over turn the ban like Viking warriors taking a...[read more]

Sierra Club Dispatching Campaign Workers to Help in 29 Pivotal Races

October 5, 2010 by Tim Hurst

The nation's oldest environmental organization on Monday announced it was throwing its considerable weight behind 29 "environmental champions" in the upcoming November elections. "Sierra Club's thousands of volunteers will be pounding the pavement, working the phone lines, and talking with their friends and neighbors to help get...[read more]

JP Morgan Chase’s coal problem

May 4, 2010 by Marc Gunther

Do we really want to keep blasting the tops off mountains, destroying forests and dumping the rubble into waterways, in order to extract and burn coal that is messing up the climate? For now, the answer to that question is yes, despite vigorous efforts by environmentalists and activists in Appalachia to stop mountaintop removal mining....[read more]

Fortune Magazine's Brainstorm Green - Nuclear Conundrum Panel Discussion

April 26, 2010 by Rod Adams

During the period between April 12-14, Fortune Magazine sponsored a conference titled Brainstorm Green that brought together a wide range of opinion leaders, environmentalists and business groups. One of the sessions at the conference included a discussion about nuclear energy that featured two representatives from companies seeking loan...[read more]

Answer to Carl Pope at the Sierra Club

March 8, 2010 by Dan Yurman

Ignoring the fundamentals of electricity supply won’t change reality One of America’s top environmental leaders thinks expanding loan guarantees for new nuclear power plants is a bad idea. Carl Pope, (right) the Executive Director of the Sierra Club, writes in the Huffington Post that Congress should not approve the $36 billion increase...[read more]