08
NOV
2015

Pitch Perfect

In case you somehow missed it, President Obama on Friday denied the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline ending 7 years of uncertainty.  Below are links to two videos.  First is his 9 minute statement and the second is a shorter video from the Sierra Club thanking him. I have...
15
SEP
2015

Sierra Club September 2015 Board Meeting Notes

Sierra Club Board Meeting Notes September 10 – 12, 2015 San Francisco It has been a very busy several months for both the Sierra Club and me personally. This spring and fall I spent a large amount of time with my family mostly traveling and enjoying the summer outdoors. The...
28
AUG
2015

Many Items Coming Together At This Moment

Over the summer I’ve taken some time off from writing while paddling, fishing and backpacking.  During this time a great deal has occurred that present an interesting picture of multiple trends that are interacting.  This is causing increased alarm and hope at the same...
10
JUL
2015

You’re Probably a Lot Closer to Disaster Than You Think

Most of us, especially those of us in our comfortable homes in Chicago’s Quiet North Shore Suburbs, feel quite safe and secure.  We can’t imagine an enormous explosion that could destroy our homes, lives and communities like what happened in the small Quebec town of...
29
JUN
2015

Disappointing Supreme Court Decision Today re: EPA Mercury Rule

Elections matter.  It amazes and disappoints me that the Supreme Court could find that the EPA failed to take into consideration the costs that industry, principally the coal industry, would endure in order to cause: “the lifelong neurological damage brought on by exposure...
15
JUN
2015

The Clean Power Plan IS Environmental Justice

Great blog today from Sierra Club President Aaron Mair.  It has irritated the hell out of me for decades  that the coal industry has insisted that if they are forced to clean up their emissions our lives will suffer.  They claim it will cost everyone more money and jobs will...
08
APR
2015

Beyond Coal: Great News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Contacts: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Meghan Womack, meghan@bloomberg.org, 212-205-0176 Sierra Club, Maggie Kao, maggie.kao@sierraclub.org, 202-675-2384 Bloomberg Philanthropies Boosts Investment in Sierra Club to Retire U.S. Coal...
03
APR
2015

AddUp.org Is Here

Coming Clean: The blog of Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune April 3, 2015 AddUp: Technology + Activism “Technology is nothing.” So said the man behind some of the most successful and influential technologies of the past three decades. But then Apple founder Steve Jobs...
02
APR
2015

Sierra Club February Board Meeting Notes

Sierra Club Board of Directors Meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico February 26 – 28, 2015 Chuck Frank making a point at the working session.  Board Secretary Lane Boldman and Sierra Club Chief of Staff Jesse Simons in background.  Photo by Dean Wallraff Introduction: It is an...
01
MAR
2015

Green Power Storage Coming on Strong

A big concern about solar and wind power’s ability to take over electricity production is the intermittent nature of the source.  To ensure that there is  power when and where we need it it is necessary to be able to have adequate storage of this type of power.  The...