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Victory: Retirement of Potomac River Coal Plant Victory: Retirement of Potomac River Coal Plant

Just five weeks ago, Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City and Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune stood across from a coal-fired power plant on the Potomac River to announce a new partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies to move America Beyond Coal. Today, after years of hard work by local activists and concerned residents, GenOn Energy and the City of Alexandria announced that the plant will be permanently retired next year.

"Retiring this major source of pollution in our nation's capital signals a huge symbolic step toward moving the nation beyond coal," said Michael Brune. "Pollution from this plant has been making local residents sick since 1949 -- contributing to heightened asthma rates, respiratory illnesses, and other health problems. Retiring the Potomac River coal plant will mean cleaner air, cleaner water, and healthier children and families."


Take Action: Clean Up Natural Gas Drilling Take Action: Clean Up Natural Gas Drilling

Every year, the oil and gas industry drills more than 25,000 wells across the country. Oil and gas pollution is not only threatening our health but also disrupting our climate. The Environmental Protection Agency is now considering stronger protections that would drastically reduce air pollution from this under-regulated industry. But without your input, these new standards will not be strong enough to fully curb harmful oil and gas pollution.

Tell the EPA to create the strongest air pollution standards possible for natural gas drilling.

Tar Sands: State Department Endorses Keystone XL Pipeline Tar Sands: State Department Endorses Keystone XL Pipeline

The opposition to TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline is heating up -- in spite of the State Department's just-released endorsement of the massive polluting project. More than 100,000 Sierra Club supporters have taken action against this proposed project, urging the State Department and President Obama to reject it. Stay up to date on it all via our tar sands category on the Compass blog.

Outdoor Benefits: National Forests Provide Big Economic Boosts Outdoor Benefits: National Forests Provide Big Economic Boosts

Recreational activities on national forests and grasslands contribute $14.5 billion annually to the U.S. economy, according to a new report from the U.S. Forest Service. The report also notes that national forests attracted 170.8 million recreational visitors and sustained approximately 223,000 jobs in rural communities this past year. Outdoor groups responded with a call for greater protection of our national lands.


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