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The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
Nov. 23, 2010: In This Issue
º A National Spotlight on Fracking
º Holiday Survival Guide
º Win Some Wintertime Fun
º Mass Transiting with the Stars
º After 50 Years, It's Time to Commit
º Something Wild for the Holidays
º Filling Up from a Solar Tree
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In the News
The New York Times covers the shocking rise in coal exports from the U.S. and other countries to China.
EXPLORE
Looking for something fun this winter? Check out our Outings!

Have a Winter Adventure
Chart a path through frozen landscapes on one of our Sierra Club cross-country ski or snowshoe trips this winter. At day's end, we'll relax, warm our bones, and cook hearty meals in cozy lodges or cabins. Most trips are suitable for beginners.
Today's green tip
Encourage those in charge at your kids' school to set a good example by conserving paper and emailing documents instead.

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ENJOY
Watch the slideshow and learn more about the borderlands.

Creatures of the Borderlands

Members of the International League of Conservation Photographers recently ventured to the US-Mexico borderlands to photograph the region's wildlife, ecology, and people. The result was Continental Divide, a traveling photo exhibit which earlier this month made its way to Jackson, Mississippi. Check out the stunning photos and read more on the Borderlands Activist Network blog.
Photo: Jeff Foott
On the Radio
1) Fisk Johnson, CEO of S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc., on what his company is doing to go green 2) Chef Annie Somerville from Greens restaurant gives recipe ideas for Thanksgiving. 3) Dyan deNapoli on her book The Great Penguin Rescue.

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PROTECT
Help protect our communities - send a message!
Final Push to Save Our Mountains
The EPA is finalizing a policy right now that could virtually end mountaintop-removal coal mining, but coal companies and coal-state politicians are doing all they can to stop it.

We have until December 1 to let the EPA know that we support its efforts to protect Appalachia. Send your message today!
Watch Michael Brune on 60 minutes. A National Spotlight on Fracking

Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune recently visited Pennsylvania to meet with people who've been affected by reckless natural gas drilling. He was also interviewed for an episode of 60 Minutes about drilling for shale gas using hydraulic fracturing ("fracking").

Fracking, as Brune wrote in his blog post The Word Obama Forgot to Say, is "exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Air Act, parts of the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, as well as our country's hazardous waste and cleanup laws."

How can we change that? The Sierra Club's Activist Network has a team working on the issue, and they're looking for volunteers to help them stop unregulated drilling.
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Study up with our holiday guide. Holiday Survival Guide

You're fond of Uncle Burt, but he's picked up some very strange ideas about climate change from Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. And Aunt Mim is all for mountaintop-removal mining and "clean" coal -- though she's not exactly sure what they are.

Have you got your own slightly misinformed relatives to deal with this holiday season? Read our Survival Guide and learn how to set them straight without getting the pecan pie thrown at you.

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Join the Activist Network
Enter to win some winter fun! Win Some Wintertime Fun

Do you like cross-country skiing? Or snowshoeing? How about just sitting by a roaring fire, toasting your tootsies and sipping cocoa? You could be doing all of those this winter if you win the Grand Prize in Sierra magazine's Winter Sports Travel Contest -- a five-night trip including airfare to the Hotel Park City in Utah. Along with the winter sports, you'll enjoy deluxe all-suite accommodations, a full-service Alpine spa, and fine dining.

There are plenty of other only-slightly-less-grand prizes, too. All you have to do is fill out one little form (and get a little lucky).
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Watch the episodes and take the pledge! Mass Transiting with the Stars

As part of "The Alternative Travel Project," TV actors Stana Katic and Seamus Dever from the ABC show "Castle" vowed to give up their cars for seven days in Los Angeles. No, they didn't spend the whole week at the beach -- their plan was to show how easy it is to get around town using alternatives like bicycles and public transit.

You can see the result in four video episodes (watch for Michael Brune's cameo as "guy who knows exactly how many supertankers of oil Americans save each year by taking public transit").

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Show your love for the arctic! After 50 Years, It's Time to Commit

Over the past 50 years, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has narrowly escaped numerous efforts by Big Oil to turn it into an industrial drilling wasteland. Today, Big Oil is fighting harder than ever to get its hands on this special place. By designating the Arctic Refuge as a National Monument, President Obama can protect this national treasure and leave a wild legacy for all of our children and grandchildren.

Sign the Sierra Club's 50th-anniversary card to President Obama, and send a clear message that it's time to make a commitment to protect the Arctic Refuge forever.
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Sponsor a wildplace this holiday season! Something Wild for the Holidays

This holiday season, for as little as $20, you can help preserve America's wild legacy by giving a Wild Places Sponsorship. Choose from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, or one of our other spectacular wild places. Your gift will include a plush puppet and/or rucksack that will delight fledgling environmentalists as well as the grownup tree-huggers in your family -- and shipping is free!

Give a Wild Places Sponsorship today.
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Watch the video and learn more. Filling Up from a Solar Tree

What if you could "fill 'er up" straight from the sun? Envision Solar has designed electric-vehicle charging stations fueled by "solar trees" that sit in parking lots. The company's president, Desmond Wheatley, tells our Compass blog how his company is partnering with GM as part of the rollout of the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid.
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