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. www.sierraclub.org

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"The need to diversify our economy and restore our mountains and rivers has never been more urgent." Views
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
We Will Fight Scott Pruitt's Attempts To Scrap The Clean Power Plan In Charleston
Despite what Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt would like Americans to believe, majorities of Americans in every state in the nation -- including West Virginia -- support the Clean Power Plan because it will save lives by keeping dangerous pollution out of...
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The Environmental Protection Agency has taken the unusual step of putting a political operative in charge of vetting the hundreds of millions of dollars in grants the EPA distributes annually, assigning final funding decisions to a former Trump campaign aide with little environmental policy experience. Views
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Scott Pruitt Has EPA Ignoring Its Mission When We Need It Most
At a time when we’re all still thinking of Hurricane Harvey’s survivors ( and donating to their recovery efforts ), Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt continues to steer his agency off a cliff by ignoring its mission and putting people at risk: An Associated Press story broke over...
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Sunday, March 12, 2017
Pathway to Paris
The Trump Administration has made no secret of their intent to roll back the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of the climate commitment the US made at the 2015 Paris climate summit. The Clean Power Plan will save lives by slashing dangerous carbon pollution, and Trump’s expected attack on it is...
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Army Corps Denies Permits for Biggest Proposed Coal Export Terminal in North America
This is big—for our climate , for clean air and water, for our future. It’s also big because the U.S. government is honoring its treaty obligations. After a five-year struggle that engaged hundreds of thousands of people, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a landmark decision Monday to deny...
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Friday, March 04, 2016
Oregon Makes History with Legislation to Replace Coal with Clean Energy
On Wednesday, the Oregon state legislature passed a bill that is one of most significant actions ever taken in the United States on climate change and clean energy. The bill, titled the “Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan", will move Oregon completely off coal by 2030 - including phasing...
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Saturday, May 02, 2015
Renewable Energy Champions vs. Polluter-Backed Politicians
Spring time means baseball season for so many—a nice evening out at the ballpark with a hot dog, peanuts and a cold beverage. We all love a home run, except when it’s against our team, of course. So we here at the Sierra Club decided to mix baseball and politics to make it clear just who’s playing...
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Saturday, November 01, 2014
Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Industry Continues to Poison Appalachia
There has been some shocking news out of Appalachia in recent days. First, a game-changing new study demonstrated, for the first time, a direct link between the dust from mountaintop removal coal mines and lung cancer. Then Ken Ward, Jr. of the Charleston Gazette reported on a West Virginia lab...
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Saturday, June 25, 2011
Outrage: As Mountaintop Removal Linked to Birth Defects, Politicians Gut Clean Water Act
I just can't stop thinking about a new scientific study published this week that found there are "significantly higher" rates of birth defects near mountaintop removal coal mining operations.
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Wednesday, March 02, 2011
An Unprecedented Attack from Polluters
As a new mother, it breaks my heart when I hear stories from parents who are struggling with their kids' health problems. I know parents who live in fear of their child's next asthma attack. Some can't even let their kids play outside when local air pollution hits dangerous levels. We do everything we can to protect our kids, even before they're born.
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