Sierra Club
Sierra Club Currents
Share this page on FacebookShare this page on TwitterShare this page with other services

Take Action: Dump the Pump! Take Action: Dump the Pump!

On June 16th, people across the country will ditch the gas pump and use public transit to get to work, school, and play. Public transportation saves 4.2 billion gallons of gas each year -- that's 20 times the amount of oil spilled in the BP Gulf oil disaster. Americans are speaking out for transportation choices -- like more public transit -- that make our communities more livable and help get us off oil.

Tell Congress and President Obama to dump the pump and create a world class public transportation system that moves us off oil.

Take Action: Restore the Grand Canyon's Natural Quiet! Take Action: Restore the Grand Canyon's Natural Quiet!

More than 90,000 commercial air tours buzz the Grand Canyon annually, so no wonder it's hard to hear the wind, birds or river in most of this iconic national park. Now the National Park Service is proposing to partially restore natural quiet to much of the park. The air-tour industry is pushing back hard to keep its noise raining down on backcountry trails, river beaches and rim overlooks, and even to expand its operations. National park defenders need to let their voices be heard over the din of the aircraft.

Tell the National Park Service to keep the peace in the Grand Canyon.

Insufficient: EPA Chimes In Again on Tar Sands Insufficient: EPA Chimes In Again on Tar Sands

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called the State Department's environmental review of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline "insufficient." The EPA wants the State Department to do more research on the pipeline's climate disrupting emissions and its effect on nearby communities, wetlands and groundwater supplies.

TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline would cross six states as it pumps between 700,000 and 900,000 barrels per day of toxic tar sands oil from Canada down to Texas. TransCanada's other U.S. pipeline has already leaked 12 times in its first year.

Resilient Habitats: Protecting Wild Lands Resilient Habitats: Protecting Wild Lands

Last week the Department of Interior announced new guidance for the management of millions of acres of public lands with wilderness qualities. The move comes after funding for the Wild Lands policy was removed from this year's budget. Under the new guidance, no official Wild Lands designations will be made, but wild places will continue to be inventoried and their wilderness characteristics considered in planning. The agency will also be working with Congress and others to identify areas for permanent protection. The Sierra Club will continue pushing for wilderness protections.