Sierra Club Currents - Find Clean Air Through the Airwaves
(1) Cool Cities: Cool Summer in NH and IA
As part of its ongoing effort to highlight global warming and smart energy solutions in New Hampshire and Iowa this year, Sierra Club hosted events with "Cool Cities" mayors in both states in the past week. In New Hampshire, Sierra Club brought together the 5 Mayors of Keene, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, and Rochester as well as representatives from Dover and Hanover for the first ever New Hampshire Mayor's Energy Summit.
In Iowa, Sierra Club worked in conjunction with Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie and others to dozens of mayors, community leaders, businesses, and labor from across Iowa together for a two-day conference focusing on local strategies on energy and global warming.
(2) Technology: Air Quality on Your Cell Phone
Thanks to new technology, you can now get updated air quality reports sent to your cell phone. With one text message you can find out how clean the air is anywhere in the U.S. Here's what you do. Text 415-624-6678, then enter one of the following commands.
*all times must be entered in 24 hour format
(3) Take Action: Stop the Levin Amendment to Undermine Fuel Economy!
The Senate is poised to vote on the energy bill, H.R. 6, which increases fuel economy standards to 35 mpg by 2020. Senator Levin will offer an amendment to undermine this goal and let automakers off the hook. This amendment is full of loopholes for the auto industry, including some that may actually increase fuel consumption.
Call your Senators and urge them to oppose the Levin amendment and any other amendments that will undermine mandatory improvements in fuel economy!
(4) Tell Your Senators: America Needs a Stronger Energy Bill
The Senate considers comprehensive global warming and energy legislation this week. This is an opportunity to move the country in a new direction -- one that curbs global warming, cuts our dependence on oil, and creates a new clean energy economy.
Don't wait. Call your Senators and tell them we need a stronger energy bill now!
Currents is the Sierra Club's weekly e-mail update providing you with facts, stories, quotes, and "take action" features.