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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Sunday, November 13, 2016
Determined, Not Defeated
This post is a slightly edited version of remarks I gave at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., yesterday. This was a deeply disappointing election for the United States — and the world. For people all over the country, the pain, anger, and fear at the prospect of a Trump presidency are...
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Sunday, June 26, 2016
TransCanada Files NAFTA Suit Demanding More Than $15 Billion for Keystone XL Rejection
On June 24, foreign oil company TransCanada filed a lawsuit against the U.S. under NAFTA , the North American Free Trade Agreement, arguing that the U.S. rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline violated NAFTA’s broad rights for foreign investors by thwarting the company’s “expectations.” As...
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Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Why the Oil Export Ban Must Stay
It’s easy to understand why the American oil industry would like to see the ban on crude oil exports lifted: Foreign markets would be a new source of profits while also helping to raise the price of oil domestically. The consequences for the environment and for America’s growing clean-energy...
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Shell Shocker?
Nothing brightens a Monday morning like this kind of news: " Shell pulls the plug on Arctic exploration ." With a single headline, the fight to protect the Arctic from a major offshore oil spill has reached the best kind of ending. With hindsight, though, maybe the news isn't really that surprising...
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Wednesday, July 08, 2015
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 02, 2015
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
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
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 05, 2014
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
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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