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Sierra Club Currents - Celebrate America's Wild Legacy
Volume VI, #77
Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Quote of Note:

"There's not a coal-fired plant in America that's clean. They're all dirty,"

- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to the Associated Press after a Renewable Energy Conference in Nevada

(1) Take Action: Celebrate America's Wild Legacy
(2) Take Action: Don't Dim Our Future
(3) Forests: Judge Hooks Administration for Fish Kill
(4) Clean Energy: Sen. Reid Takes a Stand

(1) Take Action: Celebrate America's Wild Legacy
Get your hands dirty and show how much you care about our public lands. National Public Lands Day is a huge volunteer endeavor that highlights how much Americans care about wild and open spaces. Sierra Club is encouraging its members to show support for our public lands by organizing public lands restoration projects in their own community.

This year the Sierra Club is hosting events around the country, including a special Public Lands in Public Hands weekend in New Orleans on September 28-30 in celebration of National Public Lands Day.

Take part in Public Lands Day in your community or join us in New Orleans!


(2) Take Action Don't Dim Our Future!
Senator Domenici, siding with the big utility companies, single-handedly blocked the renewable energy bill in the Senate and pushed instead for billions in subsidies to the oil, gas, coal and nuclear industries. In a few weeks, Congress will again consider a national renewable energy bill.

Ask Sen. Domenici not to dim our future, to stop subsidizing business as usual and to instead support a renewable energy bill that will move us to a clean energy future, create jobs, and make America energy independent.

photo courtesy NREL

(3) Forests: Judge Hooks Administration for Fish Kill
According to a federal judge today, top forestry official Mark Rey may face jail time if he again fails to review a Forest Service decision to drop toxic flame retardant on wildfires. The Forest Service's failure to properly examine the effect of using the poisonous flame retardant lead to a massive fish kill in Oregon in 2002. Noting that Rey has continually held up and blocked the review process, the judge ordered Rey to either submit the information by the deadline or appear in court.

Learn more about the importance of protecting our forests.

(4) Clean Energy: Sen. Reid Takes a Stand
Over the weekend, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) took a bold stand against global warming- publicly opposing any new dirty coal plants and supporting renewable energy. Realizing that we cannot meet our emissions reduction goals if we continue to build massively polluting coal plants, Sen. Reid is ready to take decisive action to improve our future.

Now it is up to others in Congress to follow his lead and enact an energy policy that focuses on renewable energy, efficiency and a new energy economy.

Learn more about the drawbacks of coal.

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