Michael Brune

Michael Brune is the executive director of The Sierra Club. His book Coming Clean: Breaking America's Addiction to Oil and Coal was published by Sierra Club Books in September 2008.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 2:00pm
Bombs in Our Backyards
The hospitals prepared for an influx of wounded that never came. People either escaped or they died. The youngest victim was four years old; the oldest was 93. In all, 47 people died on the night of July 6, 2013, when an out-of-control oil train carrying Bakken crude oil derailed in the small...
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 2:00pm
Obama and Oil
President Obama must wonder whether someone is trying to tell him something. On March 31, 2010, he announced an expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration, putting his faith in "new technologies that reduce the impact of oil exploration." Just 20 days later, the Deepwater Horizon blowout became...
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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 2:30pm
How You Can Help Prevent an Arctic Nightmare
I had a terrible nightmare: President Mitt Romney approved Shell Oil’s drilling plans for the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska. He did it even though his own Department of the Interior calculated that the odds of a large oil spill were 75 percent. He did it even though no proven method exists to...
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 1:15pm
Why I’m Marching for Climate Action
I’ve long known how wasteful, destructive, and dangerous the process of extracting oil from tar sands is. You have to dig up four tons of dirt and rock to get one barrel of oil. Beautiful old-growth boreal forest becomes a wasteland. And that single barrel of oil? It creates three times as much...
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Friday, September 5, 2014 - 2:30pm
Our Climate, Our Economy and Our Democracy
This most recent Labor Day has given us an opportunity to come together and recognize the working Americans who are on the front lines, responding to and solving the climate crisis. We want to honor the first responders who stayed on the job for days and nights through and after Superstorm Sandy,...
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Friday, September 20, 2013 - 4:00pm
Trade Is Good When It's Fair
It's been almost 20 years since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and families and communities are still reeling from its consequences. Among the many flawed aspects of this trade pact, it gave weak protections for American jobs and for U.S. safeguards on air, water and the environment.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 2:15pm
Mr. President, It’s Time to Move Forward on Climate
As President Barack Obama’s second term gets underway, Americans are expecting big actions from him — especially on climate disruption and clean energy. The decision to block the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline should be the cornerstone of his positive, solutions-oriented climate legacy.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 11:23am
From Walden to the White House: Why Climate Change Demands Civil Disobedience
If you could do it nonstop, it would take you six days to walk from Henry David Thoreau's Walden Pond to President Barack Obama's White House. For the Sierra Club, that journey has taken much longer. For 120 years, we have remained committed to using every "lawful means" to achieve our objectives. Now, for the first time in our history, we are prepared to go further.
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