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"The underdog in this situation is not the government. The underdog is not MSHA. The underdog is the coal industry and the [coal] companies."

-- Don Blankenship, Massey CEO

In this issue:
1) Take Action: Support EPA’s Plan to Save Our Mountains
2) Take Action: Pass the FRAC Act
3) Video: Celebs Go Car Free
4) New Report: Toxic Tar Sands

Support EPA's Plan to Save Our Mountains1) Take Action: Support EPA's Plan to Save Our Mountains
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a policy right now that could virtually end mountaintop removal coal mining. This destructive type of mining buries waterways, threatening aquatic life, wildlife and communities. EPA's new policy will prevent mining companies from dumping their waste into streams – but coal companies and coal state politicians are doing everything they can to stop EPA from enacting this new policy.

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Don't let them destroy EPA's plan to save our mountains. Tell EPA you support efforts to protect Appalachia and end mountaintop removal coal mining today!

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 Jason Koski/University Photography Protest at Cornell December,2) Take Action: Pass the FRAC Act
As Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune pointed out on “60 Minutes” last week, tougher regulation of the natural gas industry is much needed. Drilling processes like hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracking”) have led to air and water pollution violations and human health and safety hazards.

Now Congress has a chance to fix the loopholes that allow companies to inject toxic fracking chemicals into the ground by passing the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act (FRAC ACT).

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Tell your members of Congress to protect our air, our water, and our communities by supporting the FRAC Act.
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 Celebs go car free3) Videos: Celebs Go Car Free
Catch up with two stars from the ABC TV show “Castle” as they go car-free in Los Angeles. Actors Stana Katic and Seamus Dever gave up their cars for seven days, traveling on public transportation, bikes and their own two feet in an effort to explore the health and environmental benefits. Michael Brune was along for the ride.

Watch the videos of their Alternative Travel Project and see how things worked out.

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It's time to permanently protect the Arctic Refuge! 4) New Report: Toxic Tar Sands
If you haven't already, check out the new report, "Toxic Tar Sands: Profiles from the Front Lines,"" which exposes the risks Americans face from expanded imports of Canada's dirty tar sands oil.

The report details how the Keystone XL pipeline project would damage America's health and clean energy economy, from start to finish. And it couldn't be more timely, as the State Department is currently considering approval for the pipeline, which would carry toxic tar sands oil across the United States.

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