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10 Environmental Victories of 2012

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10 Environmental Victories of 2012

For me, the holidays are a time to reflect on what we’ve achieved over the past year and look ahead to the challenges and possibilities the New Year holds in store. 2012 was a quite a year. Besides the obvious big story – the re-election of President Obama – here’s a list of my ten favorite stories of the year.

1. Coal Plant Retirements
The Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign won scores of victories that will save lives, clean our air and water, and help solve the climate crisis. From the start of 2010 until now, we have helped seal the retirement of 126 coal plants, accounting for tens of thousands of megawatts of dirty energy that pollutes communities. Coal provided just 37 percent of our power this year, down from 50 percent just a few short years ago. In contrast, wind energy hit a historic milestone of 50,000 megawatts.

2. New Coal Protections
Despite the best attempts by coal lobbyists, the Environmental Protection Agency delivered the country’s first safeguards on mercury pollution and carbon limits for new power plants. Sierra Club supporters turned out in force at numerous public hearings and submitted over two million comments in support of these life-saving new standards.

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6:22PM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Adding 3,000 miles to the marine sanctuary system is great. Sounds like Sierra Club does a lot in the USA, I don't hear too much about them here in Canada honestly.

8:00AM PST on Jan 16, 2013

Thank you!

3:10PM PST on Jan 13, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

8:22PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

I'm always glad to hear the good stuff; now let's get back to what still remains with renewed energy and hope.

6:53AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Thanks for the article.

2:06AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Lets hope it continues- even tho Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is resigning.

11:50AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

only the beginning..........

3:10AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

Not very many for everything that needs to be done.

5:46PM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Thanks for the article.

4:06PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Always nice to hear some good news :-) Thank you.

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