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"One of the most worrying aspects is that the ship is still moving on the reef to action of the seas, which is doing further damage."

-- Patrick Quirk, general manager of maritime safety for Queensland, Australia, where a ship loaded with coal has crashed into the Great Barrier Reef and is leaking oil threatening the coral.

In this issue:
1) Take Action: Offshore Drilling Is Not the Answer
2) Take Action: Overturn the "No More Wild" agreement!
3) Tar Sands: Shareholders Want Investments Exposed
4) News: Round up


1) Take Action: Offshore Drilling Is Not the Answer
Offshore drillingPresident Obama's plan for increased offshore drilling not only includes exploratory drilling in the Arctic Seas, but it also opens the Atlantic Coast from Delaware down to Cape Canaveral, as well as the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, to potential oil and gas development. Drilling our coasts will do nothing to lower gas prices or create energy independence. It will only jeopardize our beaches, marine life, vibrant tourism economies, and the hundreds of thousands of jobs that depend on them -- all so the oil industry can make a short-term profit.

Tell your senators that this much drilling is simply incompatible with a climate bill designed to reduce our dependence of fossil fuels and move us toward a clean energy future.

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Stop offshore drilling!


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2) Take Action: Overturn the "No More Wild" agreement!
UtahIn 2003 President Bush's Interior Secretary Gale Norton signed an agreement with the State of Utah, which precludes the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from protecting wilderness quality lands as Wilderness Study Areas.

This 'agreement' is known as the "No More Wild" settlement. The "No More Wilderness" policy applies nationwide and removed existing protections from 6 million acres of BLM land in Utah, 5.5 million acres in Arizona, 2 million acres in New Mexico, and 650,000 acres in Colorado.

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Tell Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to overturn the "No More Wild" agreement!

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3) Tar Sands: Shareholders Want Investments Exposed
Tar SandsShareholders of BP -- better known as Back-to-Petroleum -- filed a resolution demanding that BP publish more information on its investments in the tar sands. BP is invested in several large mines, and in March the company made a deal that will create a long term oil contract for its BP Whiting refinery  in Lake County, IN. The resolution is sure to stir controversy at the company's annual meeting on April 15th.

A major initiative to determine whether more tar sands is in our "national interest" kicks off on April 16th so stay tuned for how you can keep toxic tar out of your car and save the great Boreal Forest.

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4) News: Round up
In the NewsIf you blinked during the past few days there’s a good chance you may have missed something important. Here’s a quick round up of all the major developments to keep you in the know.

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