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Monday July 28, 2014
Oil companies seem to think they have the most to gain by denying climate disruption. Just look at the lengths that the oil-rich Koch brothers have gone to in order to suppress climate action,... Read More
Thursday July 24, 2014
Today, leading environmental groups and corporate campaigning organizations released an open letter to major corporations -- the biggest consumers of tar sands, the dirtiest oil on the planet --... Read More
Wednesday July 23, 2014
Last year, about 900,000 people marveled at the majestic old-growth redwoods of Muir Woods. But if President Theodore Roosevelt had not saved those trees by declaring a national monument, people... Read More
Monday July 21, 2014
No matter how much I love my job, being away from Mary and the kids while I travel for work is always tough. Even on a fantastic trip like the one I took to the Arctic last month, I constantly catch... Read More
Monday July 21, 2014
Over the last year, activists have been pushing PepsiCo and other companies using tar sands in their massive corporate vehicle fleets to do the right thing and stop using this dirty source of fuel... Read More
Tuesday July 15, 2014
Does doing something two years in a row qualify as a "family tradition"? If so, this is shaping up to be a great one. Once again, my wife Mary and I have packed the tent, the camping gear,... Read More
Tuesday July 15, 2014
This weekend, communities from across the northeast San Francisco Bay came together in the fourth of four "connecting the dots" refinery Healing Walks that connected fenceline communities... Read More
Friday July 11, 2014
By Rachel Rye Butler Tomorrow, Saturday June 12, activists from affected communities in the Bay Area refinery corridor and along crude by rail blast zones will come together for the... Read More
Friday July 11, 2014
I returned from the Arctic last week, and the beauty and peacefulness that I experienced there still occupy my dreams. Sure, the grizzly we encountered in our camp the first night has a starring role... Read More
Thursday July 10, 2014
At the most basic level, the cause of climate disruption is obvious: a rise in heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere because we are burning so much coal, oil, and natural gas around the world. But... Read More
Thursday July 3, 2014
Everyone has an occasional bad day at work, but it's tough to top the one that Rep. Eric Cantor had on June 10 in Virginia. Overnight, he went from being one of the most powerful figures in... Read More
Tuesday July 1, 2014
You might want to save this date: September 21. Here's why. Activists working to address the climate crisis have been cautiously cheering President Obama this year -- for telegraphing that... Read More
Monday June 30, 2014
Note: My coauthor for today's post is Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association. For the 10th consecutive year, the president signed a proclamation declaring that June is Great Outdoors... Read More
Friday June 27, 2014
This week the University of Dayton made news when it announced that "it will begin divesting coal and fossil fuels from its $670 million investment pool." UD joins a growing list of... Read More
Wednesday June 25, 2014
In his 19th-century curmudgeon's classic, The Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce defined a plan as "the best method of accomplishing an accidental result." When the EPA released its... Read More
Tuesday June 24, 2014
While the Republicans in the House of Representatives are great at making sure almost every week is chock full of terrible legislation that would please their Big Oil and King Coal buddies, this week... Read More
Friday June 20, 2014
Students and Administration look toward a clean energy future for Ohio UniversityTwo days ago, the Ohio University administration announced its intent to cancel plans for a brand new gas plant that... Read More
Friday June 13, 2014
This week the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirmed a major secret that the Sierra Club's anti-nuclear activists have been shouting about for two years now: The Energy Department, in... Read More
Friday June 6, 2014
I was honored to be invited to speak to the United Auto Workers in Detroit at their convention this week. Even though the Sierra Club and the UAW have been working together for years, some people don... Read More
Thursday June 5, 2014
By Rachel Rye Butler, Sierra Club Beyond Oil Campaign Organizer "No Tar Sands!" That's the message the activist light brigade delivered to attendees of the Sustainable... Read More