From cradle to grave, the U.S. dependence on coal -- which provides almost half of our nation's electricity -- comes with a long list of environmental and human health damages; from mountain top removal to toxic air and water pollution to the storage and disposal of hazardous coal ash. It is also the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in our economy, accounting for approximately 32% of total US emissions. The Sierra Club's "Beyond Coal Campaign" seeks to weaken this dependence by expanding its successful work around blocking the development of new coal plants and working to close down many of the nation's existing coal plants. The US coal fleet is fleet is old and dirty, and EPA will soon need to update various regulatory rules around air, water and waste standards for coal power. At the same time, many coal-burning utilities will be determining if it makes sense to continue to operate coal plants or switch to cleaner forms of generation. The Sierra Club will focus on three broad activities: First a top down approach that advocates for strong regulations from EPA and other federal agency. Second, it will train and deploy activists in key states across the country to engage in specific utility commission proceedings to push for retiring older coal plants and replacing them with clean energy alternatives such as renewable power and energy efficiency. Finally the Club will work in key coal producing states to "Keep it in the Ground" by exposing the many health, safety and environmental risks associated with coal mining.
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Grants to this Grantee
for the Clean Transportation for All campaign
The Sierra Club Foundation was founded in 1960 to administer funds in support of scientific, educational, charitable, and literary efforts to preserve, protect, and restore the natural environment. The Sierra Club Foundation’s Clean Transportation for All campaign aims to reduce climate and air pollution, create jobs, and expand access to transportation by ensuring that 100% of the road vehicle fleet in the U.S. is electric. This grant supports the program’s plans to work within federal regulatory and state policy to advance clean trucks and buses and secure funds for EV charging infrastructure. (Substrategy: Electrification)
for the coalition to reduce oil use in transportation
The Sierra Club’s Beyond Oil Coalition has led and re-engaged environmental organizations and other allies to develop a more comprehensive strategy around oil to achieve more carbon reductions from the transportation sector. We recommend renewing support to the Sierra Club to facilitate the continued coalition building, and to refine strategy and start elements of the strategy addressing communication, redefining the debate around oil in the United States in the midst of an oil boom, and seeking strict environmental regulations for oil production.
for the Beyond Coal Campaign
This is our third year funding the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, which seeks to retire at least one-third of the nation’s coal-fired power plants by 2020. This campaign is a major component of the Hewlett Foundation’s U.S. climate and energy strategy for 2014. Over the next three to five years, utilities will face market and regulatory pressures that could make coal plant operation more expensive than cleaner energy alternatives. This project is designed to seize those opportunities, with the aim to retire 105 gigawatts of existing coal capacity in the United States and replace that output with clean energy.