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Sierra Club Currents - Converting Climate Skeptics
Volume VI, #38
Tuesday, October 17, 2006




Quote of Note:

"Our wetlands are Mother Nature's levee system, and if the United States does not immediately begin to get serious about investing in these wetlands, I greatly fear that my state is doomed."

 - U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, Louisiana



(1) The Great Warming: Converting Climate Skeptics
(2) Victory: North Coast Wilderness Saved
(3) Take Action: Oil Tycoon to Shape Energy Future?
(4) Take Action: Help Keep Public Lands in Public Hands!



(1) The Great Warming: Converting Climate Skeptics

Do you know someone who is still unsure about global warming or still wondering what they can do to be a part of the solution? Take them to see The Great Warming, a new documentary revealing how climate change is affecting the lives of people everywhere. The film presents a moving picture of a world changed by global warming. Featuring hard-hitting comments from scientists, religious leaders, young activists and entrepreneurs, the film taps into the growing public interest and concern about global warming. This is the first major film that features leaders from the evangelical Christian community talking about global warming. If you know someone who still needs a little convincing, The Great Warming might just do the trick.

Read more about the film and find out where it will be playing near you.

(Photo courtesy DOE/NREL)



(2) Victory: North Coast Wilderness Saved

Thanks to the tireless efforts of activists, community, business and political leaders, roughly 275,000 acres in California's North Coast and 21 miles of the Black Butte River were granted wild and scenic status today. The North Coast wilderness bill that was signed into law today will protect some of the most beautiful and majestic lands in Northern California, including the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in the contiguous U.S. and the largest grove of the rare Sargent cypress in the world. Endangered species, like the bald eagle now have a protected habitat in which to thrive and the local community will benefit from increased tourism and outdoor.

Read background information on the wilderness bill.




(3) Take Action: Oil Tycoon to Shape Energy Future?

Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman has tapped former Exxon-Mobil CEO Lee Raymond to head a federally-funded study issuing recommendations for the U.S. energy future through 2025. During his tenure at Exxon-Mobil, Raymond funded climate "skeptics" in order to fend off action on global warming, constrained refinery capacity in order to drive up prices for consumers, and attempted to discourage the U.S. from pursuing clean energy solutions.

Tell Sec. Bodman that Lee Raymond is the LAST person who should be advising America on its energy policy!

(Photo courtesy DOE/NREL)




(4) Take Action: Help Keep Public Lands in Public Hands!

Congress has already scheduled a hearing for after the elections on a bill containing a wish list of projects and proposals written by and for Washington County Commissioners and development interests. The bill threatens Utah's world famous Red Rock wilderness, undercuts American taxpayers, and excludes the public from critical decision-making about the future of their public lands.

Tell Congress to Protect Our Public Lands!

 

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