Ten years ago, the Sierra Club launched its “Beyond Coal” campaign. The goal of the campaign: to end the process of mining and burning of coal in the United States. The Sierra Club claims the campaign prevented the opening of 160 new coal-fired power plants and brought on the retirement of 110 existing coal-fired units across the country.
The Sierra Club is now expanding its attack to natural gas. In April, the club launched its “Beyond Natural Gas” campaign. The plan is to prevent natural gas from being the new source for base load power generation in the country. The club, which once described natural gas as a “bridge fuel” to utilize before renewables, now views natural gas as a dirty fossil fuel.