03 Apr '12, 2pm

Anti-coal campaign is ‘the most significant achievement of American environmentalists’ since the 1970s

Anti-coal campaign is ‘the most significant achievement of American environmentalists’ since the 1970s

In Mother Jones , Mark Hertsgaard makes the case for the Sierra Club’s anti-coal campaign as “the most significant achievement of American environmentalists since the passage of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act,” as one source puts it. The group has shut down proposals for 166 coal-fired power plants (check out the map above or here ). The key? The group was working outside of Washington, with the grassroots: The movement’s center of gravity was in the South and Midwest, “places like Oklahoma and South Dakota, not the usual liberal bastions where you’d expect environmental victories,” [Mary Anne Hitt, the director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign] recalls … [E]conomic trends only made coal somewhat vulnerable, argues Tom Sanzillo, a former New York state deputy comptroller who has worked with the Beyond Coal campaign; it was grassroots activism that leveraged...

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