Take Action: Support a Permanent Production Tax Credit for Wind Energy
Without Congressional action, the wind production tax credit (PTC) will expire at the end of the year. This credit, which provides up to 2.3 cents per kWh of energy produced, has driven clean energy deployment and economic growth nationwide. For example, ten states now get 10 percent of their energy from wind. Furthermore, last year wind power represented 44 percent of all new electrical generating capacity in the U.S., leading all other sources.
Tell your member to support the Prioritizing Energy Efficient Renewables Act for the wind PTC.
Take Action: Protect Bryce Canyon from Coal Mining
Last year, the Sierra Club and our allies submitted nearly 250,000 comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) opposing the expansion of the privately owned Alton Coal Mine onto federal land in southern Utah, ten miles from Bryce Canyon National Park. At the same time, both the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued formal comments opposing the mine. Keep up the pressure to halt the expansion of the Alton Coal Mine and protect Bryce Canyon National Park!
Send a message to the BLM and Department of Interior Secretary Jewell now!
Grassroots Activism: Thousands Speak Out Against Coal Exports, Get Results
After more than 10,000 people attended public hearings and 125,000 submitted comments, activists in the Pacific Northwest got some good news recently. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that the official review of the largest proposed coal export terminal in Washington State will be unprecedented in scope, and will include not only the health and environmental effects of the project, but also the climate impacts of burning the coal in Asia.
Learn more in Mary Anne Hitt's column.
Grassroots Activism: Mountain Moral Monday
Last week Sierra Club North Carolina joined a diverse coalition of groups on "Mountain Moral Monday" in Asheville as more than 10,000 people came out to rally against an extremist state legislature.
"Decisions about funding for public education, protecting the environment, caring for the elderly and the poor, and providing equal access to health care are all based on a fundamental bedrock of democracy: our right to vote," says Kelly Martin in this blog post. "The Sierra Club got involved because we know that can't protect our environment if we don't protect our democracy."