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Sierra Club’s Michael Brune Delivers Keynote Address at Green Jobs Conference

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Sierra Club’s Michael Brune delivered one of the keynote addresses on repairing America’s infrastructure with green jobs Monday afternoon at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs annual conference, put on by the Blue Green Alliance, a coalition of unions and environmental non-profit groups. With more than 15 million members through 14 affiliated…

Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference Kicks Off at the Washington Hilton

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By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The opening session of the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference for 2014 kicked off Sunday night with a dynamic panel of speakers who are at the forefront of the national discussion about how to address the country’s crumbling infrastructure, while at the same time beginning to deal with…

Eyes on the Prize: 100 Percent Clean Energy

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Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – I’ve written a lot about the consequences of relying on fossil fuels for energy, but the chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River still comes as a shock. Almost a week later, thousands are still without drinking water, and many of those who’ve been given the “all clear”…

A Government Shutdown Game Without Winners

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Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – As the shutdown of the federal government drags on, Americans are angry. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is watching with nervous disbelief as we edge toward defaulting on our debts. And with each additional day the shutdown continues, the damage gets worse. The national parks, of course,…

Time to Draw the Line on Climate Change

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Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – Some great things have happened since that freezing day last February when I marched to the Forward on Climate rally in Washington, D.C., with 50,000 of my closest friends. Looking back, it did feel like the start of something big. From the stage, the sight of that sea…

Yes, Virginia, There Are Climate Solutions

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Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – This year, Virginians will elect a new governor, one of only two gubernatorial elections this year, the other being in New Jersey. At the moment, Terry McAuliffe is leading climate denier and attorney general Ken Cuccinelli in the polls, but a lot can happen between now and November…

Protect Public Lands from Reckless Fracking

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Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – One of the worst consequences of President Obama’s reckless “all of the above” energy policy is the blight of oil and gas rigs that has spread across our public lands — often right next to national parks and wilderness areas. Based on my own family’s camping trip this…

The Sun Is Rising in the West on Alternative Energy

Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – When Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a few weeks ago that his city would be off coal power entirely by 2025, it was both exciting and, as Al Gore put it, “a really big deal.” It was also only part of the story. The other part —…

A Path to the Future on Immigration Policy

Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – In 1849, an eleven-year-old boy moved with his family to the United States. More than four decades later, that boy co-founded the Sierra Club and served as its president for the next 22 years. Like many great Americans, John Muir was an immigrant. It is only because he…

Senators Question Sally Jewell, Obama’s Choice for Secretary of the Interior

By Michael Brune – Sierra Club Executive Director – Watching the members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources question Sally Jewell, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior, brought to mind John McPhee’s classic Encounters with the Archdruid. To write that book, McPhee spent a year with David Brower (the “archdruid”…

President Obama Makes Nominations for U.S. Secretary of Energy and EPA

President Obama nominated EPA Assistant Administrator and air quality expert Gina McCarthy for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator on Monday, along with nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz for U.S. Secretary of Energy. The response is now coming in from the environmental community. “We welcome the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Assistant…

About 35,000 March on Washington for Action on Climate Change

Watch the video here… Bill McKibben at the front of the march, with Sierra Club president Michael Brune behind him [click on the image for a larger view … more photos below]… By Glynn Wilson WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 17 – During President’s Day weekend and in freezing temperatures and against a brutal wind, more than…

Sierra Club Joins Civil Rights Activists in White House Protest

Forty Eight Arrested in Historic Act of Civil Disobedience – Forty eight environmental activists and civil rights leaders from across the country joined together for a historic display of civil disobedience at the White House Wednesday morning, where they demanded that President Obama deny the tar sands Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and address the…

Energy Independence is Patriotic

Guest Column by Michael Brune The conservatives who are bending over backward to bash American ingenuity and deride modern and green technologies are hurting our economic competitiveness. Do they want China to ‘eat our lunch’? “As goes General Motors, so goes the nation.” A year and a half ago, that old saying seemed ominous. GM…