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Indy rallies against IPL coal-fired plant

Inflatable InhalerMore than 100 gathered at the Indiana State Museum on June 1st urging that Indianapolis Power & Light close the Harding Street power plant on the south side of Indianapolis.  “88% of the toxic emissions in Marion County come from that Harding Street plant,” said Sierra Club's Jodi Perras.  “We want to see IPL retire that plant as soon as possible.” Read more at Fox59's website.

Conflict? What Conflict?

Conflict of InterestIn Indiana, the line between legislator and lobbyist has always been a narrow one. Sometimes, the line doesn't exist at all. An example concerns the extraordinary efforts Indiana has taken to create a market for the proposed coal-to-gas plant in Rockport (a market the business & utility communities steered clear of). Rep. Matt Ubelhor is a coal mine manager for Peabody Energy, which owns five of Southwestern Indiana’s biggest mining complexes including Bear Run. Senate Utility Chairman Jim Merritt is the vice president of corporate affairs for the Indiana Rail Road Co., which spent $17 million to build a spur to Peabody’s Bear Run mine and negotiated an exclusive deal to haul its coal. Read more in this Evansville Courier & Press article. It helps explain why fossil fuel polluters fare so well in the Indiana General Assembly.

WindmillWhy Fossil Fuel Interests are Trashing Renewables

"Renewable power is being attacked not because it has failed or is too expensive but because it works and has become a threat financially to fossil fuel and nuclear interests," concludes Grant Smith in a recent article. Smith, senior energy policy analyst to the Civil Society Institute and a board member of the Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter, notes the flawed data used by ALEC and others attacking the fast growing renewable energy sector. You may read the article here.

Milestone settlement for public health in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio

Beyond Coal logoToday a coalition of citizen groups, including the Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter,  states and U.S. EPA announced a landmark settlement agreement with American Electric Power (AEP) requiring AEP to stop burning coal by 2015 at three power plants in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. AEP also agreed to replace a portion of these coal plants with new wind and solar investments in Indiana and Michigan, bringing more clean energy on line to meet the region’s electricity needs. Read more about this victory here.

IU Study: Rockport project to negatively impact  state GDP by up to $1.4B, limit job growth

Cover, IU StudyIn a public hearing held before the Indiana Senate Utilities Committee recently, faculty from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Indiana Business Research Center at the Kelley School of Business testified that if the Rockport substitute natural gas (SNG) project moves forward as proposed, it will negatively impact the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) by up to $1.4 billion and, assuming residential and commercial consumers bear the burden of SNG losses, could cost Indiana up to 1,800 jobs per year from 2017 through 2025. The complete report can be accessed at

13 Investigates: Indiana's Toxic Air

WTHR InvestigatesFrom WTHR TV News in Indianapolis: "Indiana has a earned a dirty reputation as one of the worst states in the nation for air pollution.  But is that reputation justified?  As the debate over Hoosier air quality rages across the state, 13 Investigates has learned several cities and towns in Indiana are about to fail an important part of the Environmental Protection Agency's air safety rules. 13 Investigates where the state's air pollution is coming from, what's really coming out all those Indiana smokestacks, and whether the state is doing enough to protect our air." See the video here.

Get a free home energy assessment

Energizing IndianaA free home energy assessment can help you lower energy bills, improve in-home air quality and increase your home's value. Signing up for such an assessment from Energizing Indiana (EI) can also help the Sierra Club (we receive $25 from EI for each qualified applicant we recruit that completes the assessment). To learn more and to sign up, click this link. Return the form to the Hoosier Chapter (by email or at 1100 W 42nd St., #140, Indianapolis, IN 46208) or to Energize Indiana. Email us if you have questions.

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"Donor Opportunities" published by Chapter
A summary of options for financial donors is now available for online review. The fact-sheet reviews various funds that prospective donors might consider in contributing to the work of Sierra Club in Indiana. Click the above link for more information.

Why children in southwest Indiana are surrounded by toxins
There are two industries in Rockport, Indiana, that release 30 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the environment. A report considers the serious consequences this has on its residents, particularly children.

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