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Volume VII, #15
April 14, 2009

How good will the business judgment of companies that make high-carbon choices now look in five, 10, 20 years, when it becomes clear that heavily polluting infrastructure has become deadly and must be phased out before the end of its useful life?"
-- Todd Stern, special envoy for climate change at the state department

In this issue

1) Take Action: Tell Congress to Protect Our Rivers and Lakes from Pollution
2) Take Action: World's Largest Fair Trade Coffee Break
3) Last Chance: Offshore Drilling
4) Victory: EPA Intervenes to Block Mountaintop Removal Permit 


1) Take Action: Tell Congress to Protect Our Rivers and Lakes from Pollution
Clean WaterRecent court decisions, bad Bush administration policies and legal confusion have weakened the Clean Water Act, which has been successfully protecting all waters of the U.S. for over 35 years.

Congress must act now to pass the Clean Water Restoration Act to stop polluters from ravaging wetlands, streams, headwaters, and lakes.

Currents action alert arrowContact Congress today.

2) Take Action: World's Largest Fair Trade Coffee Break
Coffee BreakOn May 9, people around the globe will be taking a break to enjoy fair trade coffee and other fair trade treats. It’s part of an international effort to break the record for the World's Largest Fair Trade Coffee Break.

Help us break the record and show your support for fair trade by participating in a break in your community or by organizing your own event today!

Currents action alert arrow Take part in the world's largest fair trade coffee break.

3) Last Chance: Offshore Drilling
Offshore DrillingIf you missed last week's public hearing on expanding offshore drilling, you have one more chance this week. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will be holding a final hearing Thursday, April 16, in San Francisco. Secretary Salazar needs to see that what Americans really want is clean energy and the jobs that come with it -- not more dirty offshore drilling. The most important thing you can do is show up at the hearing and make your voice heard.

Volunteers from Sierra Club and dozens of other groups will gather at noon outside the hearing for a rally that will include live music, banners, sea creature costumes, signs and banners, speakers, and more.

If you can't make it the hearing, don't worry -- you can send a message directly to Secretary Salazar and watch the hearing via live webcast

4) Victory: EPA Intervenes to Block Mountaintop Removal Permit
Mountaintop Removal MiningThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has requested that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers revoke the permit for the massive Ison Rock Ridge mountaintop removal coal mine in Southwest Virginia.

The EPA raised concerns that the permit, which called for destroying three miles of streams and filling in nine lush valleys with mining debris, did not properly address the mine’s impact on waterways.

The victory comes just weeks after a delegation of Appalachian coalfield residents met with the EPA in Washington, D.C. urging the Agency to take quick action to protect their communities from mountaintop removal coal mining.

Learn more about mountaintop removal mining here.


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