Learn about Earthjustice's work on climate and energy issues through these campaigns:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mountain Heroes: Fighting to Stop Mountaintop Removal Mining
See the photos, videos and inspirational stories of courageous individuals who are working to defend their communities and save mountains from the devastation of mountaintop removal coal mining.
More than 9,000 people—including the likes of Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson and Wendell Berry—have joined a growing photo petition to show that they stand with these Mountain Heroes and against the destruction of Appalachia. Add your photo today!
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.
This is not a dream. It's a promise.
To ourselves and to our future. Let's keep it.
Earthjustice is using the courts to stop the construction of dirty coal plants and encourage carbon-free energy. It's just one of the ways we're safeguarding health, preserving our natural heritage and promoting a clean energy future. Join us today.