Climate and Energy


In-Depth Resources: Campaigns

Learn about Earthjustice's work on climate and energy issues through these campaigns:

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Fracking Gone Wrong: Finding a Better Way

Fracking (a.k.a., hydraulic fracturing, or industrial gas drilling) is a dangerous way of getting oil and gas and a shortsighted energy strategy.

It's poisoning our air and water. We can find a better way—one that protects our health and gives us clean, safe energy sources that never run out.

   Explore Fracking Campaign »   

Stop Mountaintop Removal Mining

Mountaintop removal coal mining, often described as "strip mining on steroids," is an extremely destructive form of mining that is devastating Appalachia.

Coal companies use explosives to blast as much as 800 to 1,000 feet off the tops of mountains in order to reach thin coal seams buried deep below.

   Explore MTR Campaign »   

Coal Ash Contaminates Our Lives

Coal ash is the hazardous waste that remains after coal is burned. Dumped into unlined ponds or mines, the toxins readily leach into drinking water supplies.

Incredibly, ash and other coal combustion wastes are not subject to federal regulations.

   Explore Coal Ash Campaign »   

Cleaning-up Coal-fired Power Plants

Roughly half of the electricity generated in the United States comes from burning coal in power plants.

While touted as cheap energy, coal exacts a price far higher than what we pay in utility bills. Burning coal for electricity produces global warming pollution and releases harmful toxic pollution into our air and water.

   Explore Coal Campaign »   

Energy Efficiency: Clean, Cheap—and Here Today

Simply by making our appliances and electronics use less energy, we can save money, create jobs and fight global warming.

It's not just about changing lightbulbs. It's about setting benchmarks to make all the products we use more efficient. Adopting strong national standards could save consumers $16 billion a year on utility bills by 2030.

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In Conversation: With Thomas L. Friedman

Can a Green Bargain Stop Global Catastrophes? Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen interviews New York Times columnist and bestselling author Thomas L. Friedman on environmental issues and his thoughts on the "Green New Deal." The interview was recorded in May 2012.

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Latest Legal Cases

Earthjustice, on behalf of environmental justice and conservation groups, has filed a lawsuit against Kinder Morgan and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to halt the shipment of highly explosive and toxic crude oil into the City of Richmond, a community already burdened by intense pollution caused by the fossil fuel industry.
With little attention and no serious environmental review, the volume of that oil-transfer at Albany Terminal doubled in 2012 as the production from fracking fields in North Dakota, Montana, and southern Canada has increased. There are serious environmental justice implications: the transfer facility is adjacent to low-income neighborhoods, which should trigger special consideration by the agency in charge of regulating these operations, but the agency ignored its own regulations.
The Danskammer Plant, located along the shore of the Hudson River in the town of Newburgh, New York, has been responsible for more toxic pollution than nearly all of the total 646 industrial sites in the state and numerous violations of federal air quality standards.

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Featured Stories

Rooftop by rooftop—from Hawai'i to across the mainland—Americans are waging a war of independence from a 100-year-old system of centralized dirty energy.
The historic drought has dredged up old feuds over who can lay claim to water in a thirsty state. As the powerful lobby for the agricultural industry—which currently consumes 80% of California's water supply—cries for more water to be pumped to their farms in the arid regions of the Central Valley, just who would be left high and dry?
From the California coast to Maryland ports, Earthjustice is fighting to protect communities and special places from fracking. Listen to an interview with Deborah Goldberg, managing attorney of the Northeast regional office.
Take Action! President Obama and the EPA have announced a first-ever federal carbon pollution standard for every new power plant built in America. Be a part of this change.
More than one hundred citizens came from every state in the Union—and from many of its most polluted places—with a message for every legislator in Washington, D.C.: Industry is killing us with poisons they put into our air, our water, our communities.
Climate change is the life-disrupting crisis of our time. But we still can avoid its most severe impacts if we dramatically change the way we produce and use energy. Coal Program Director Abigail Dillen discusses how Earthjustice works to fundamentally change the way our nation produces and uses energy.
California, here it comes—a surge of extreme energy methods like fracking that potentially threaten the Golden State's water, air and health.
As Americans rise up after superstorm Sandy and demand action on climate change, Earthjustice plans for a clean energy future with a three-pronged approach: ending our reliance on fossil fuels, building ecosystem resilience, and promoting a clean energy future.
Listen to a conversation with Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen on Earthjustice’s approach to tackling the vast and complex issue of climate change. Trip discusses Earthjustice's unique position to create change by leveraging the power of the law to realize a sustainable future.
The wait is over—the impacts are here. The president, politicians and the public suddenly re-discovered climate change after 2012's superstorm Sandy—but the impacts of climate change have been affecting us for decades, and are getting worse.
An upstate New York town is fighting to preserve its way of life in a lawsuit pitting a small town's rights against an out-of-state oil and gas company’s wishes.
In the heart of coal country, an old power plant may quit its polluting coal habit, thanks to relentless pressure from Earthjustice attorneys. The Big Sandy coal-fired power plant burns through 90 railroad cars of coal daily. A near billion dollar upgrade was proposed—but the price tag would have been passed along to Kentucky ratepayers.
On behalf of a coalition of conservation and indigenous rights organizations, Earthjustice is suing to challenge the federal government’s approval of Shell Oil Company’s Chukchi and Beaufort Sea oil spill response plans.
"It's like hell. Living in hell," says Marti Blake, as she points at the coal-fired power plant that dominates the view from her living room, in Springdale, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. "It's filthy, it's dirty, it's noisy, it's unhealthy."
Earthjustice Attorney Jan Hasselman stopped a coal scheme by mining industry documents. Read a Q&A interview with Jan, and learn about the coal industry's plans for coal export facilities up and down the West Coast that would eventually export tens of millions of tons per year
Coal plants are some of the most polluting industrial facilities on earth. The pollution emitted from their smokestacks has a profound impact on human health and the environment. Find out more about the effects.
In 2007, Earthjustice successfully opposed Florida Power and Light's proposal to build what would have been America's largest coal-fired power plant. Two years later, the utility announced plans to harness a different kind of energy: solar.
If ever the Earth needed a good lawyer, now is the time, as more than 200 million of gallons of oil from BP's Deepwater Horizon polluted the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Explore in-depth coverage of the spill as it happened, as well as Earthjustice litigation related to oil spills and chemical oil dispersants.