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"We thought we'd be running coal-fired plants forever. . . 15 years ago society said it was fine. Today it doesn't work."

-- Steve Snyder, president and chief executive of Trans Alta

In this issue:
1) Take Action: Don't Drill Our Coasts
2) Take Action: Tell the Senate We Can't Wait Any Longer for Clean Energy
3) Victory: Weapons Complex on Clean Up List
4) New Report: Global Warming in the U.S.


1) Take Action: Don't Drill Our Coasts Offshore Oil Drilling
The Minerals Management Service recently released its revised 5-year drilling plan. That plan, while canceling a few key lease sales, will go forward with drilling 50 miles off Virginia’s coast as well as in Alaska's Chukchi Sea. As the recent devastating spill in the Gulf of Mexico shows, offshore oil drilling is still a dirty business.

Tell the MMS that drilling will not help reduce our dependence on foreign oil, will put our oceans and fragile coastal environments at risk, and will endanger the millions of jobs supported by coastal economies.

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Stop Coastal Drilling!

 

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2) Take Action: Tell the Senate We Can't Wait Any Longer for Clean Energy We Can't Wait
Senators Kerry, Graham and Lieberman planned to announce their version of clean energy and climate legislation on Monday, April 26th, but last minute political wrangling is putting the bill in jeopardy. This month America is mourning workers lost in a West Virginia coal mine and an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana, which is also spilling 42,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf every day.

These human and environmental disasters put our desperate need for a new clean energy economy in stark relief. Every day the Senate fails to pass clean energy and climate policy, we put our economy, our national security and our environment at risk.

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Tell your senators we need strong legislation NOW that will move us away from dirty, dangerous, and deadly energy sources!

 

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3) Victory: Weapons Complex on Clean Up List Kansas City
The Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday that it was considering placing the Bannister Federal Complex, a weapons plant in Kansas City, Missouri, on the Superfund priority list to speed clean up of a hodgepodge of radioactive materials and other dangerous toxins.

The move comes after the Sierra Club and others raised concerns about the impacts of the site, including environmental injustice, high cancer rates in the area, health effects on children at the site’s day care center, and leaching toxins into waterways.

Learn more here.

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4) New Report: Global Warming in the U.S.
Global WarmingA new data filled report released today by the Environmental Protection Agency takes a detailed look at 24 indicators that show trends related to climate change. Climate Change Indicators in the U.S. presents clear, scientific evidence that the climate is changing and is being impacted by humans.

Among the findings -- weather patterns are shifting, rainfall and flood events are increasing, glaciers are shrinking, sea levels are rising and the water is becoming more acidic, and even migratory birds are changing migration routes.

Find the full report here. It's worth a read.

 

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