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"[EPA] was established for a reason: We need it. As much as I like to think that businesses and industry will always do the right things to protect us, they won't. Some of them for nefarious reasons, and others because they're just trying to save money."

- Christine Todd Whitman, former EPA Administrator under the George W. Bush administration

In this issue:
1) Take Action: Protect Families from Coal Ash
2) Take Action: Pass Key Wilderness Bills
3) 2010: A Look Back
4) EPA: Protecting Americans from Global Warming Pollution

Take Action: Help Protect Families from Coal Ash 1) Take Action: Protect Families from Coal Ash

Two years ago this week our nation suffered a major disaster. More than a billion gallons of toxic coal ash sludge flooded communities in Harriman, Tennessee, poisoning the environment and causing irreparable damage. While the administration has made progress in clean-up efforts, the agency must take decisive action to prevent this from ever happening again. The Environmental Protection Agency must choose the stronger of its proposed federal safeguards for coal ash and publish a final rule in 2011. Please join us today in telling them enough is enough.

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Urge the EPA to choose strong federal safeguards.
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There's Still Time for Congress to Pass Key Wilderness Bills! 2) Take Action: Pass Key Wilderness Bills

Congress has not gone home quite yet.  And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has put passing pending wilderness and public lands protection legislation on the Senate's remaining to do list.

These locally supported bills would establish Wilderness Areas, National Monuments, and Wild and Scenic Rivers.  Adding these protections would support jobs in local communities, assist wildlife adapting to changing conditions, and preserve unparalleled recreational opportunities for millions of Americans.

Click here to take action! Contact your senators and urge them to pass these important, bipartisan public lands protection bills before Congress adjourns and goes home for the holidays!
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2010 Sierra Club Successes 3) 2010: A Look Back
Thanks to the hard work of people like you, 2010 has been a year of amazing accomplishments and effective work to hold polluters accountable. Check out our new video highlighting just a few of these tremendous victories—from fighting mountaintop removal coal mining, to promoting clean energy and getting kids outdoors. As an added bonus you'll get to see some first rate dart skills from Executive Director Michael Brune and Conservation Director Sarah Hodgdon.
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EPA: Protecting Americans from Global Warming Pollution 4) EPA: Protecting Americans from Global Warming Pollution
New EPA safeguards to limit global warming pollution will begin moving forward January 2 as planned now that legislative moves to stop the safeguards have been placed on hold. The decision by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) to shelve the legislation follows a ruling by a federal appeals court which overturned industry arguments and cleared the way for EPA to protect Americans by taking action on climate change pollution.
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