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Lisa Liguori, interim director of the of the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service, about the mercury hair tests the Sierra Club has been sending them.


1. Take Action:
Protect the Grand Canyon from Uranium Mining
2. Take Action: We Deserve a Voice on Tar Sands
3. Get Involved: Move Beyond Oil with Green Transportation
4. Impact: Climate Disruption and Wildlife
5. Victory: Nuclear Power Plant Nixed in Colorado


1)
Take Action: Protect the Grand Canyon from Uranium Mining

No Mines!One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is one of the most unique and iconic landscapes in America. The Department of the Interior is currently determining how to deal with 8,500 mining claims near the Grand Canyon. Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-NM) wrote a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar asking that he not open these lands for mining.

 

Take Action! Ask your representative to sign onto this letter urging Secretary Salazar to protect the Grand Canyon by April 27th.

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tar sands.jpg2) Take Action: We Deserve a Voice on Tar Sands

The State Department is currently considering TransCanada's application to build and operate the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would carry the world's dirtiest oil across six states and put 30 percent of our nation's agricultural water at risk. This massive pipeline would be the largest tar sands pipeline running between Canada and the U.S., delivering 900,000 barrels a day of toxic oil from Alberta, Canada, to Houston, Texas.

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Tell Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the public deserves more than 45 days to weigh in on the impacts of this dirty and dangerous project.

 

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3) Get Involved: Move Beyond Oil with Green Transportation


Our crumbling, car-dependent transportation system keeps us addicted to oil, draining over half a billion dollars from our economy each day. Americans are paying record prices at the pump while oil companies are raking in record profits. We need a transportation system that moves us beyond oil and gives Americans 21st century transportation choices.

The Sierra Club is presenting a webinar series entitled "Transportation for the 21st Century," and the first session is Wednesday, April 27th, at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.

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[object Object]4) Impact: Climate Disruption and Wildlife

Last week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launched a series of 50 stories for 50 consecutive weekdays that will explore the many ways accelerating climate disruption is affecting or may affect fish and wildlife across America. The series will cover 50 states and will also highlight science-based solutions and collaborative actions that are making a difference for wild things and wild places. 

Check out the FWS’ blog each day for a new story, and add your own on the FWS’ climate disruption website.
  

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5. Victory: Nuclear Power Plant Nixed in Colorado

In a major win for the Rocky Mountain Sierra Club and its coalition allies, on Monday, April 25, the Pueblo County (Colorado) commissioners rejected a proposed nuclear power plant.

"This is a victory for our environment and the health of future generations," said Joan Seeman, Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter Nuclear and Toxics specialist. "Pueblo has cheaper, cleaner energy sources available that can grow the local economy with good, green jobs and a broadened tax base."

Learn more on the Rocky Mountain Sierra Club website

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