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Politico takes an in-depth look at the success of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign

Republicans like Mitch McConnell of Kentucky have repeatedly and continually blamed President Obama for the decline of Big Coal, one of America’s dirtiest energy industries. But, as Politico’s Michael Grunwald explains, the industry’s woes have a lot more to do with grassroots opposition organized by the Sierra Club than new policies championed by the Obama administration.