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1. Take Action: Break Our Oil Addiction - Oppose New Drilling Bills
2. Take Action: Protect Communities from Toxic Mercury
3. Innovation: New Map Lets You Know If Coal’s Toxins Are Near You
4. Victory: Clean Cars Prevail
5. A Great Start: Clean Water Guidance Unveiled


1) Take Action: Break Our Oil Addiction: Oppose New Drilling Bills


BP oil disaster As Americans observed the one year memorial of the BP oil disaster, Rep. Doc Hastings introduced a series of bills that would reward companies like BP with unprecedented drilling access to U.S. coastlines and beaches. Congress should permanently protect our treasured beaches, sensitive coasts, and valuable oceans from the kinds of environmental and economic devastation that the oil disaster brought to the Gulf of Mexico.
 

 

Take Action! Urge your member of Congress to oppose any bill that would authorize new drilling and increase our dangerous addiction to oil.

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Smokestacks 2) Take Action: Protect Communities from Toxic Mercury!

Big polluters and their friends in Congress have repeatedly attacked the Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts to keep communities safe from mercury and other toxic pollutants emitted into the air by dirty coal plants. Thankfully, public health and environmental champions are standing up to the coal industry and other big polluters by supporting EPA's strong mercury and air toxics safeguards.

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Ask your Congressional representative to sign the Capps-Schakowsky letter supporting EPA's mercury safeguards.  

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Ex Coal Map 3) Innovation: New Map Lets You Know If Coal's Toxins Are Near You


After recently celebrating the 152nd proposed coal-fired power plant prevented or abandoned in the past decade, the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign announced that it would shift its focus toward replacing the nation's existing fleet of dirty coal plants with clean energy sources.

As part of the shift, the Sierra Club launched a new comprehensive, interactive map of the approximately 500 existing U.S. coal-fired power plants that allows users to see the dirty coal plants nearest to them, to learn more about the toxic pollution and health threats caused by those plants and more. Timely, considering this is National Air Quality Awareness Week and World Asthma Day.

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Test-driving a topless, apple-red Tesla Roadster4) Victory: Clean Cars Prevail

On Friday the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency's approval of California clean car standards -- strong pollution standards that have been adopted in 13 more states and the District of Columbia.

The ruling rejected the National Automobile Dealers Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's attempt to overturn California's authority to implement these stronger tailpipe carbon pollution standards for new cars.

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 5. A Great Start: Clean Water Guidance Unveiled

Delaware Gap, NJ PALast week the Obama administration announced a new proposal to secure clean water and protect American's drinking water sources. This guidance on the scope of Clean Water Act protections comes after years of confusion stemming from misguided policies initiated by the previous administration that put millions of acres of wetlands and a majority of the nation's stream miles at risk of pollution and destruction.

Learn more about the background of this great start to updating our clean water protections.

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