Electric Vehicles Buyer's Guide
How much camping gear can you cart around in a Toyota Prius? What's the annual fuel cost for the Chevy Volt? Will the Tesla Model S be around in 10 years?
We compared six all-electric vehicles and three plug-in hybrids currently on the market for our fall buyer's guide. Three of them get upwards of 100 mpg, three more get 95 mpg or better, and nearly all have an estimated annual fuel cost of less than $1,000 if you average 15,000 miles per year. Find out who won the EV race.
The Cost of Coal: Dirty Energy's Human Toll
Sierra magazine asked people across the country to describe how the world's dirtiest energy source has disrupted their lives.
Here's what we learned: When mining companies level West Virginia mountains to get at the coal beneath, whole towns disappear. When a Michigan power plant burns coal to make electricity, it triggers asthma attacks among children living nearby. When coal ash blows onto a Paiute reservation in Nevada, elders die.
Watch our video and view the photo gallery to learn their stories.
Photo: Ami Vitale/Panos Pictures
Young Hollywood Calls for Clean Energy
"The solutions are right in front of us," writes Ian Somerhalder, star of The Vampire Diaries on the CW Television Network, who wrote this op-ed urging people to find the candidates who will stand up for a clean-energy future and vote this November.
"In the first three months of this year alone, 81 percent of the attack ads against President Obama were on energy and environment issues. We need to do our homework."
Photo: Renee Scott
Monument to a National Treasure
Scarcely two weeks after President Obama designated the third new national monument of his presidency (Chimney Rock in Colorado) he designated a fourth, the César E. Chávez National Monument in California -- the first-ever American national monument dedicated to a Latino.
"César Chávez's work helped link people's health and the environment, and his fight for environmental justice is one that the Sierra Club remains committed to today," says Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune.
Official White House photo by Pete Souza
YOU Can Make a Difference
Volunteers are the bedrock that undergirds the Sierra Club’s effectiveness and gives the Club street cred in small towns and big cities from coast to coast. Think one person can't make a difference? Think again.
The retirement of Chicago's Fisk and Crawford coal plants capped off five years of grassroots organizing by Chicago Sierra Club leaders Tony Fuller and Rose Gomez (pictured at right). Illinois Chapter activist Cindy Skrukrud and her husband Tom worked for eight years to help establish the new Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge on the Illinois-Wisconsin border. First-time environmental activist Kathy Little played a pivotal role in Louisville Gas & Electric’s decision to pull the plug on a proposed coal-burning waste dump.
Contact your local chapter and find out how you, too, can make a difference.
Explore and Enjoy the New Perks of Membership
NEW! And just for members. The Sierra Club is excited to unveil an array of members-only discounts that will help you enjoy the outdoors and reduce your environmental impact -- for example, 20 percent off gear from Eastern Mountain Sports and the chance to pre-order a custom Sierra Club bike!
You’ll save moolah and support the Club by taking advantage of offers from companies such as EMS, PUBLIC Bikes, Whirlpool Outlet, and Pharmaca. Visit www.sierraclub.org/benefits to view all the new perks of membership!
A network of social and scientific innovators, Bioneers brings nature-inspired approaches to the world’s urgent environmental and social challenges. Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune will speak at their annual conference, Oct. 19-21 in San Rafael, Calif. Click here for info and discounts.
You can also find some of the Bioneers’ best thinking in the Sierra Club's Bioneers Book Series, which includes Ecological Medicine, Nature's Operating Instructions, and Ecological Literacy. All are newly released in e-book format, available wherever you download e-books. And until October 31, you can get 35 percent off on any or all three print editions at the Sierra Club's online store. Just enter BIO35 at checkout.