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"I don't think that this should ever be framed to people as, 'OK, it's time to choose: Do you want a job, or do you want a clean environment? We are not there. We are nowhere near that line, and we can have both."

-- EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

In this issue:
1) Take Action: Protect Our Waters
2) Take Action: Don't Cut Benefits for Transit Commuters!
3) Tar Sands: New Ad Campaign
4) Congrats: Sierra Clubber Wins Natural Teachers Award

Send a message to protect our waters! 1) Take Action: Protect Our Waters
Developers and polluters are trying to reverse long-established protections for our streams and wetlands, endangering all of our communities and threatening the safety of our drinking water sources. The Obama administration can end the confusion over which waterways are protected and support clean water for our communities.

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Tell the Obama administration to support a strong EPA rule and protect our vital waters.

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Take action to protect benefits for commuters! 2) Take Action: Don't Cut Benefits for Transit Commuters!
Since 2009, hundreds of thousands of Americans have taken advantage of pretax benefits of up to $230 per month towards commuting by public transit. At the end of this year, the cap on transit benefits will fall dramatically to $120 per month. Public transit doesn't just benefit individual commuters; it improves air quality and public health, reduces congestion and helps break our addiction to oil.

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Urge your senator to extend tax benefits for transit commuters!
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Check out the new campaign! 3) Tar Sands: New Ad Campaign
The Sierra Club and an international coalition of environmental and community groups is launching a national ad campaign calling on President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Preview the ad and take action here.
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Kids from San Jose's Seven Trees Elementary School undaunted by Mt. Lassen's 4) Congrats: Sierra Clubber Wins Natural Teachers Award
Larry Volpe, a 5th grade teacher and Inner City Outings volunteer has been awarded the first ever Natural Teachers Award from the Children and Nature Network. The award is a much deserved recognition of Volpe's dedication to inspiring youth to learn about and enjoy the outdoors. You can get a taste of his efforts by reading this dispatch from a trip to Mt. Lassen National Park.

- Photo by Larry Volpe: Kids from San Jose's Seven Trees Elementary School undaunted by Mt. Lassen's "Bumpass Hell."

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