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The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
Dec. 20, 2011: In This Issue
º Democracy vs. the Strip Mine
º Have a Greener Holiday
º Our Safer Sushi App
º Stand Up for 54.5 mpg
º A Coal-Free Pacific Northwest
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Skiing Summer Snow
Fresh powder? Not for these late-summer "sun cup" connoisseurs. A trio of cross-country skiers hit Oregon's Cascade Mountains to explore the firm "frozen moonscape" of September snow.

Photo: Tyler Roemer

Have a Greener Holiday
Have a Greener Holiday
Find out how to be festive but still environmentally friendly with our holiday tips and last-minute gift ideas.

Stand Up for 54.5 mpg
Stand Up for 54.5 mpg
The Obama administration has proposed a strong 54.5 miles per gallon fuel-economy standard for cars and trucks, but the National Automobile Dealers Association wants to run it off the road.

Tell the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation to stay on track.
Watch Our Year End VideoThanks for an Incredible Year!

Thanks to everyone who helped make 2011 one of the most action-packed and eventful in the Sierra Club's history.

Don't feel too bad if you can't remember every single exciting thing that happened -- even Executive Director Michael Brune and Conservation Director Sarah Hodgdon had a bit of a "Rick Perry moment" when it was time to list the year's highlights.

Bryce Canyon National ParkDemocracy Versus the Strip Mine

When the Bureau of Land Management announced a public hearing in Salt Lake City to gather comments on its proposal to approve a giant coal strip-mine next to Bryce Canyon National Park, plenty of citizens showed up ready to speak their minds.

Instead, they were told only written comments would be allowed. What happened next was citizen democracy at its most inspired.

Our 10 Toughest Hiking Trips (Plus 5 Easy-Peasies)

Take a Trip with Sierra Club OutingsUp for a challenge? We picked the most challenging, heart-pounding, sweat-inducing, quad-busting adventures from our new 2012 Outings listings. They'll test your mettle, but they'll also reward you with outstanding views, hearty food, and a well-earned sense of accomplishment.

Looking for something a little more low-key? We also found five active-yet-easy Sierra Club adventures that will put you in equally spectacular settings.

And while you're at it, sign up for our Explorer newsletter to get monthly roundups of the best new and featured trips. 
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A Coal-Free Pacific Northwest

Kick Coal, Save Jobs, Right NowThe Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign has forced the cancellation or retirement of more than 200 existing and proposed coal-fired power plants across the country, but the first area of the country that will be completely coal-free is the Pacific Northwest. It almost didn't happen, though.

In Sierra magazine's new cover story ("Kick Coal, Save Jobs, Right Now"), writer Scott Martelle reveals how the Sierra Club helped negotiate the retirement of Washington state's largest single source of mercury and climate-change pollutants -- the TransAlta plant in Centralia, WA.

And don't miss the behind-the-scenes video about how the striking image for the cover story was created.

Artwork by Eddie Colla; photo by Lori Eanes; Centralia photo by Nick Hall
Download Our Free Safe Sushi AppFree App for Low-Mercury Sushi

Do you like sushi -- but aren't thrilled about the mercury you might be eating along with your favorite tasty fish? There's good reason to be cautious -- mercury is a potent neurotoxin that can damage your brain and nervous system.

Fortunately, now you can make smarter sushi choices with the Sierra Club's new Safe Sushi app for Android and Apple smart phones.

Download the free app now. 

Watch The Weekly VideoThe Weekly Closes Out 2011

The Weekly is a fast-paced, frequently irreverent, video countdown of three new Sierra Club stories you can't afford to miss
-- with punch lines.

In the final edition of 2011, you'll learn why Virginia's for lovers, how polar bears can fly, and what killer feature we just weren't able to squeeze into our new Safe Sushi app (see above).

Tip: You can catch The Weekly every week by subscribing to the Sierra Club's YouTube channel!

Join the Sierra ClubYear-End Membership Drive!

Show your support for the environment this holiday season by joining the Sierra Club.

Your membership will support our efforts next year to protect wild lands and wildlife, keep our air and water free from pollution, and promote a clean-energy future.

As a special introductory offer, join today for just $15 and receive your choice of a gift!

Join the Sierra Club today!