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Sierra Club Currents

Volume VI, #85
October 16, 2007

I don’t know how anybody could choose coal when we’re so close to a renewable revolution.

-- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D_NV) on his opposition to building new coal-fired power plants.

In this issue

1) Take Action: Sing Out for Clean, Safe Energy!
2) Take ActionStop Destructive Off-Road Vehicle Use 
3) Global Warming: Gore Wins Nobel Peace Prize
4) Happy Birthday: Clean Water Act Turns 35!

1) Take Action: Sing Out for Clean, Safe Energy!
Join musicians Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Ben Harper, Natalie Maines and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks and dozens of other artists from across the country in efforts to stop Congress from giving the nuclear industry a blank check to build new reactors. As part of the new no-nukes campaign, the artists have just released a music video highlighting the problems of nuclear power and the potential for safe, green energy.

Tell Congress not to subsidize new nuclear reactors with taxpayer billions! Sign the no-nukes musician national petition

2) Take Action: Stop Destructive Off-Road Vehicle Use!
Irresponsible and illegal off-road vehicle use is threatening our national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands-- polluting our air and water, degrading wildlife habitat and ruining hunting and fishing opportunities for everyone else.

Instead of focusing on enforcing current rules on off-road vehicle use to protect our wild lands, the Bureau of Land Management is proposing to expand off-road vehicle routes through previously untouched areas, containing not only valuable natural resources but ancient archaeological resources as well.

Tell your Representative to urge the Bureau of Land Management to safeguard wilderness areas from off-road vehicle damage!

3) Global Warming: Gore Wins Nobel Peace Prize
Al Gore and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last week for their efforts to educate the public about global warming and what needs to be done to fight it. Among Gore's solutions -- stop construction of new, massively polluting coal plants that can not safely capture and store their global warming pollution.

Though the coal industry is still pushing new plants forward, more and more citizens, community leaders and state officials -- including those in Florida, Iowa and Oklahoma -- are following Gore and turning away from coal because of its global warming impacts, its costs and the viability of cleaner alternatives.

Learn more about the Sierra Club's fight against the nation's largest source of global warming pollution -- coal.

4) Happy Birthday: Clean Water Act Turns 35!
Thursday, we celebrate 35 years of clean water thanks to one of the nation’s most successful environmental laws, the Clean Water Act. Thanks to the Clean Water Act, today about 60% of our rivers and 55% of our lakes are safe for swimming and fishing, compared to just 36% before the Clean Water Act was put in place.

Unfortunately the progress we have made during the last three decades is now at risk as mining companies, developers and other big polluters seek to strip protections from many of our waters.

See what the Clean Water Act has done for you and learn what we can do to protect all of our nation's waters

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