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Welcome to the monthly email newsletter of the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter!
April 2012 - Issue 36

kitzhaber_no_coal_export_rally.jpg OREGONIANS FIGHT TO BLOCK COAL EXPORTS!

Oregon's voice against coal exports is getting louder! On the morning of April 9, in Salem, over 100 Oregonians from all corners of the state rallied outside the Oregon State Lands Board meeting to send a message to Governor Kitzhaber and other state decision-makers to reject dirty coal exports.  The rally reflected the geographic diversity of the opposition to coal export from Coos Bay to the Columbia Gorge, and communities in between.

Coal export is a statewide and regional issue that demands leadership from Oregon's key decision-makers. Currently, the US Army Corps of Engineers and Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) are considering issuing permits for a proposed coal export facility at the Port of Morrow on the Columbia River. Please click here to send your comments to the the US Army Corps of Engineers by their May 5 deadline.

 

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WILDERNESS UNDER ATTACK IN CONGRESS!

Anti-environmental members of Congress are bent on dismantling protections for America's Wilderness areas and National Parks, including for 'national security' along our borders.

On April 17, Congress passed a bill that would allow motorized access and development within America's protected Wilderness areas and which makes it harder for the President to designate National Monuments. Click here to learn more.

And any day, Congress could vote on H.R. 1505, which would toss out environmental protections in National Parks, Wilderness Areas and for wildlife and clean water along the US Borders with Canada and Mexico in the name of border control. 

Click here to send an e-mail and urge Oregon's members of Congress to vote 'no' on H.R. 1505
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Insulation ACT NOW - GREAT HOME WEATHERIZATION DEALS!

If you could get help with zero-money-down financing for a home energy remodel that could lead to a more comfortable home and energy savings, would you do it?

The Sierra Club has partnered with Clean Energy Works Oregon and the High Road Contractors and Community Alliance to bring Sierra Club members and supporters home energy efficency improvements using high quality union labor at an afforable price.

But, you need to act now to get the best incentives.  Instant rebates of as much as $3500 are available in certain areas, but they expire on April 30!

Click here to learn more about this program and the rebates that might apply to your home!


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CELEBRATING OUR RECENT VICTORIES!

Ban on Motorized Boats remains on Waldo Lake!

On April 10, the Oregon Marine Board narrowly voted to maintain the current ban on motorized boats on Oregon's scenic, remote and crystal clear Waldo Lake.

The Sierra Club played a huge role in this victory, generating nearly 3000 comments, ten times the number of comments submitted by those opposed to banning motorized engines on the lake. Sierra Club activists and other members of the public packed the hearing room, and Governor Kitzhaber also issued a letter supporting the ban. Unfortunately, the Marine Board punted on the issue of maintaining the ban on float planes to the Oregon Aviation Board, where there will be more work to do to preserve Waldo Lake. 

This victory is only one step in our efforts to protect Waldo Lake and roughly 80,000 acres of unprotected wild forest nearby. Please click here to learn more and get involved!
FERC pulls LNG terminal and pipeline license!

On April 17, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) revoked its approval for the development of an LNG import terminal in Coos Bay, and the associated Pacific Connector gas pipeline which would cross over 200 miles of southwest Oregon forests and several rivers.

This decision marks a victory in the fight to block LNG and gas pipeline development in Oregon and sends the developers of Jordan Cove back to the drawing board.

However, the developers are now seeking approval to export LNG from Coos Bay. They had hoped to use FERC's prior approval of the pipeline and import terminal to get a speedy rubber stamp of their new export plans, but FERC's decision is a major setback.

 

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Check out our events, activities, and take actions.

DESERT ADVENTURE!
Join us this summer for an action-packed series of outings to Oregon's High Desert! Especially consider joining us for the Owyhee Rendezvous in June to help promote protecting this incredible landscape.
Click here to check out the line-up!

GET OUTDOORS!
Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner and it's a great time to get outside and enjoy Oregon's environment (and maybe even learn more about how you can get involved with the Oregon Sierra Club!) Check out our outings calendars to see a list of activities in your area!

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CONTINENTAL DIVIDE!
Join us in Ashland from May 24-26 for an amazing photo exhibit that depicts the land, wildlife & people of the borderlands of the US & Mexico, & the impact that construction of border walls is having on them. Click here to learn more!

GET INVOLVED!
The Sierra Club is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots organization for a reason -- our volunteers are an integral part of everything we do! Whether you're interested in attending a meeting, tabling at an event, analyzing policy, helping us fundraise, or lending your handy skills around the office, there's a place for you! Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Sierra Club!


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