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Take Action: Clean Up Our Air Take Action: Clean Up Our Air

Smog does more than cloud your skyline -- it irritates your lungs, triggers asthma attacks, increases emergency room visits and can lead to irreversible lung damage or even death. There is no doubt that smog is a nasty, pernicious pollutant -- but we have the technology and the opportunity to clean up the air dirtied by coal plants and vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency is now considering a new smog standard that will better protect our health.

Tell President Obama that the EPA should set a smog standard that will protect public health.


New Report: Stop Shredding the Fish New Report: Stop Shredding the Fish

Today, the Sierra Club released a new report detailing the damage from outdated once-through cooling systems used by power plants around the U.S.: Giant Fish Blenders: How Power Plants Kill Fish & Damage Our Waterways (And What Can Be Done to Stop Them).

Billions of fish and other aquatic organisms are killed each year by power plants' water-intake systems. The EPA has proposed new standards for these cooling-water systems and is currently accepting public comment on the draft standards, which the Sierra Club views as falling far short of what is needed to protect fisheries and waterways.

Grassroots Activism: Bringing Clean Energy to Chicago Grassroots Activism: Bringing Clean Energy to Chicago

On July 28, more than 150 Sierra Club members and Chicago Clean Power Coalition supporters gathered in City Hall for the reintroduction of the Chicago Clean Power ordinance by the city council. First introduced in April 2010 by Alderman Joe Moore, the ordinance would address air pollution issues from the aging Fisk and Crawford coal plants on the city's Southwest Side.

Learn more on the Scrapbook blog.

Truth in Testing: Report Talks EPA Standards Truth in Testing: Report Talks EPA Standards

Did you know that current tests for setting vehicle fuel efficiency standards assume that cars average 48 miles per hour on the highway - and that you'll never use the air conditioner, heater, or any other accessories?

The Sierra Club just released CAFE: Truth Behind the Testing, a new report that outlines the need to revamp the arcane testing procedures used for estimating fuel efficiency standards and close the gap between the numbers used for standards and real world mileage.