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The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
July 10, 2012: In This Issue
º Keystone XL Deadline
º Good News for Baby Sea Turtles
º Show Me Your Papers
º World Population Day
º Fractured Lives
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ENJOY
Put It on Your Colander -- read more.
Let There Be Light: Put It on Your Colander

Old dishes and bowls can shine as a unique light fixture. Check out our step-by-step instructions on how to make your own dishy lamp.

Photo by Lori Eanes




PROTECT
Questions on Federal Coal Leasing Policies -- read more.
New Report Questions Federal Coal Leasing Policies

More than 40 percent of the coal burned in our nation's remaining coal plants is strip-mined in the Powder River Basin of northeastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana. Now, a new report identifies alarming issues with coal production on federal lands that demand immediate action. Take action now to help move America beyond coal.

Michael Brune Talks with John Podesta -- read more. Michael Brune Talks with John Podesta of the Center for American Progress

Our public lands are facing a bevy of serious threats right now, including uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, coal strip mines just a few miles from Bryce Canyon, and fracking in Yellowstone's backyard. To shed light on this disturbing trend, the Sierra Club and the Center for American Progress (CAP) have produced a series of short investigative documentaries that outline threats to special places on public lands owned by the American people.

You can watch the videos on the Center for American Progress's website. Then tune in Wednesday afternoon at 12:30 EST for a live webcast as Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune and CAP Executive Director John Podesta discuss the videos and what we can do about the threats to our public lands.


Keystone Deadline -- read more.
Keystone XL Deadline Just Two Weeks Away


Big Oil just doesn't know how to take no for an answer. Official comments for the latest Keystone XL application are due by July 30. Together, we've beaten back this dangerous pipeline before -- and we can do it again. Tell Secretary Clinton and the State Department to consider the climate and reject Keystone XL!





Beyond Coal

Good News for Baby Sea Turtles -- read more. Good News for Baby Sea Turtles

The Sierra Club's Puerto Rico Chapter notched a huge victory when the island's governor signed a bill protecting nearly 2,000 acres of the Northeast Ecological Corridor from development. For more than 15 years, a proposal to build two megaresorts loomed over the Corridor, which includes one of the most important nesting grounds on Earth for the endangered leatherback sea turtle.

"Golf courses and baby sea turtles don't mix," says Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. Find out how the Sierra Club Puerto Rico Chapter and other grassroots groups kept this wondrous place from being turned into condos and putting greens.

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service
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Show Me Your Papers -- read more. Show Me Your Papers

In an effort to keep pro-environmental voters away from the ballot box, foes of environmental protections have passed so-called voter ID laws in a number of states. These laws, put in place to combat the virtually nonexistent problem of voting fraud, effectively shut out African Americans, Latinos, and young voters -- some of the strongest supporters of tough environmental laws. Legislation in Pennsylvania alone could prevent as many as 750,000 registered voters from casting their ballots. Read more in Sierra magazine's "Can I See Your ID?"

Illustration by David Plunkert


Global Population Day World Population Day

July 11 is World Population Day -- which is a good time to promote the need for increased access to voluntary family planning, education, and economic opportunities for women and girls. We know these solutions improve health, help ensure the sustainability of communities, and aid in women's ability to manage resources. Help the Sierra Club's Global Population and Environment Program in furthering a just and sustainable world. Your donation will be matched by a generous donor -- up to a total of $50,000. Your gift will help the Club tackle environmental challenges like biodiversity loss, deforestation, climate change, and the depletion of natural resources.


Fractured Lives -- read more. Fractured Lives

Pennsylvania's residents are paying a heavy price for the state's natural gas boom: undrinkable water, respiratory ailments, and dead pets. Sierra magazine profiles the people on the front lines, like the resident who said, "It's turned neighbor against neighbor. The gas companies have been given carte blanche to put anything anywhere."

Photo by Martha Rial