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September 18, 2007: In This Edition of the Insider

  • Step It Up 2
  • Check Out the New Fiore Cartoon
  • Deadly Plastic Bags
  • Protect Your Local Forests
  • Clean Car Standards Victory!
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    Step It Up 2: Who's A Leader?
    This fall, join the Sierra Club for "Step It Up 2: Who's a Leader?" On November 3rd, Americans will demand real action on global warming and leaders who can deliver it. From coast to coast, we'll rally in our communities and invite our politicians to join us. We'll see who rises to the occasion and who has a real plan to tackle the defining challenge of our time.

    Let's make sure the world witnesses our national call to action: "Step It Up, It's Time for Climate Leaders!" Register an action today.  

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    A Chick Flick with Real Legs
    Who wasn't saddened to read about the passing of Alex, the African Gray Parrot whose vocabulary and emotional development rivaled that of some politicians? Unfortunately, not all birds are quite that bright. Take Fowlie, the fine-feathered star of Mark Fiore's new animation "Cockle Doodle Doo Doo." 

    Fowlie's not sure what will happen after his corporate overlords finish fattening him up, but he does know that Senator Blanche Lincoln is trying to make us pay to get his cockadoodle doo doo out of our drinking water. See for yourself why we need to take action now!

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    The Deadliest Item at Your Grocery Store?
    Somewhere in the northern Pacific floats a non-biodegradable petrochemical blob that's twice the size of Texas. Much of this deadly mess originated when someone innocently took home their shopping in a plastic bag.

    In the U.S. alone, we throw away 100 billion plastic bags each year -- the equivalent of 12 million barrels of oil. Yikes!

    What can you do? Tune in to Orli Cotel's Sierra Club Radio interview with Katherine Mieszkowski, of Salon, to find out.

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    Protect Your National Forests
    There they go again. The Bush administration is continuing its efforts to dismantle the regulatory protections that have governed the National Forest System for the past 25 years.  If they succeed, it will put wildlife and habitat at risk, favor logging, and eliminate meaningful public participation in local forest planning.

    The effect will be to make the national forests far more vulnerable to environmentally destructive logging and other harmful activities. And animals like the endangered grizzly bears that rely on those habitats will find themselves without a home. 

    Let's tell Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell that this bad idea is a non-starter with the American public.

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    Stunning Victory Over Automakers
    In an important legal victory for the Sierra Club and its allies, a federal district court judge has ruled that New York and Vermont may enact the California Clean Car (Pavley) Standards, pending EPA approval. These standards, adopted by California and at least 11 other states, will reduce global warming emissions from cars by 30 percent when fully implemented in 2016.

    The victory marks a watershed moment in the legal battle over the California standards and will undoubtedly have an important impact on similar cases pending in California and Rhode Island.

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    Not Quite Ready for Summer to End?
    Discover South Carolina's unique low country this fall. You'll explore tidal salt marshes teeming with migratory birds, shrimp, oysters, crabs, fish, and dolphins and kayak through a narrow and winding blackwater river lined with Spanish moss-draped live oaks. What once were pirate hideouts are now habitat for the extremely rare red wolf -- which you might just see.

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    Natural Heroes
    The Sierra Club is a proud sponsor of the third season of Emmy-award winning Natural Heroes television series. The program tells the stories of ordinary citizens who are finding ways to bring clean air and water back to their communities, preserve open spaces, protect endangered species, and ensure that their schools and neighborhoods are healthy. 
    Find out where you can watch Natural Heroes



    Save Streams and Mountains
    Last month, the Office of Surface Mining proposed to repeal what is known as the "stream buffer zone rule." Doing so would allow Big Coal to mine next to or through streams and would expressly allow the most dangerous and destructive kinds of mountaintop removal mining.

    The Office of Surface Mining will accept public comments on its proposal until mid October.

    Please take a moment to submit a comment telling them to protect and enforce the stream buffer zone -- not gut it.

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