Nine Myths About Electric Vehicles
President Obama has pledged that America will have one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 -- a goal that can create good American jobs, slash pollution, combat climate disruption, and help end our dependence on oil. The Sierra Club's new "Go Electric" campaign aims to make that goal a reality by advocating for policies that make EVs both affordable and accessible -- and by debunking some common misconceptions.
Here are the nine biggest myths about electric vehicles.
United We Stand for Solutions
When workers began protesting Governor Scott Walker's attempt to bust the public employee unions in Wisconsin, the Sierra Club stood firmly behind the right to organize and bargain collectively. Executive Director Michael Brune writes about the connection between attacks our nation's environmental policies and attacks on the labor movement
-- and how our Blue-Green Alliance is the key to both a prosperous middle class and a healthy environment.
From Inner City Outings to the White House
It's a long way from running with a gang in East Palo Alto to shaking hands with the president of the United States, but such is the power of the outdoors to transform lives. Arturo Cervantes, a former participant -- and now volunteer leader -- with the Sierra Club's Inner City Outings program, was invited to the White House last week to hear President Obama talk about the America's Great Outdoors initiative
-- a new vision for managing America's public lands.
Sierra Club Conservation Director Sarah Hodgdon writes about Arturo's journey
and how the America's Great Outdoors initiative can transform the lives of all Americans in her latest blog post at TreeHugger.
World Bank Day of Action
Activists and organizations across the world are calling on the World Bank to phase out its loans to fossil-fuel projects like giant coal plants. Those loans have actually increased 400 percent since 2006, in spite of the bank's pro-climate rhetoric.
The Sierra Club is leading a "virtual" day of action in solidarity with the rallies to hold the World Bank accountable. You can join in by speaking out against fossil-fuel lending
on Twitter, Facebook, and the World Bank's blog.
The Best Internship on Earth
Calling all students: If you're looking for an awesome way to spend next summer, then the Sierra Club's "Best Internship on Earth" has got to be at the top of the list. The successful applicant gets to go hiking, rafting, and exploring with our youth programs all over the country -- all while video blogging about the experience. Along with taking in glorious sights and meeting amazing people, he or she will earn a $2,500 stipend and get outfitted with $2,000 worth of gear from The North Face
and Planet Explore
If you're at least 18 years old and currently enrolled in high school, college, or university (or a recent graduate), get started on your application
right away: The deadline for entries is March 16.
Where to Invest When Oil Spikes
Oil prices are going up again, and that means real opportunities in the alternative-energy sector for savvy green investors.
In his Green Alpha's Next Economy blog
, Garvin Jabusch of Green Alpha Advisors identifies the kinds of companies -- in areas like transportation, electric energy, and battery technology -- that he thinks stand to gain value as oil prices spike.
Spotlight on Great Green Groups
The Sierra Club is a partner in the 2011 Green Choice Campaign from GreatNonprofits.org -- a website where you can learn more about nonprofit organizations by reading evaluations from the people who've volunteered with them.
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