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March 19, 2009

Club Coal Leader Among Rolling Stone's Top 100 'Agents of Change'

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Rolling Stone magazine has published its list of "The 100 People Who Are Changing America." And holding down the #74 spot is Sierra Club coal activist Bruce Nilles.

"This list is not necessarily about power in the old-fashioned sense," write Rolling Stone's editors, "but about the power of ideas, the power of innovation, the power of making people think and making them move."

Says the magazine of Nilles: "The director of the Move Beyond Coal campaign, Nilles is Big Coal's worst nightmare: an aggressive, strategic lawyer who knows how to monkey-wrench the industry. Behind Nilles' efforts, the Sierra Club claims to have stopped plans for 24 new coal plants in the U.S. last year."

The longer-term numbers are even more impressive: the Sierra Club's work to Stop the Coal Rush has halted plans for 95 coal plants since Nilles joined the Environmental Law Program and became the Club's point person on coal.

"Bruce is running the most successful campaign the environmental movement has seen in more than a decade," says Michael Brune, executive director of Rainforest Action Network, in Rolling Stone.

Read Nilles' ongoing Daily Kos discussion on the shift from coal to clean energy.

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