Take Action: Don't Let Congress Put Dangerous Trade Pacts on the Fast Track
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a massive trade agreement that is being negotiated behind closed doors. What we do know about the pact, however, is that it would allow corporations to directly challenge environmental, climate, and other public interest policies in private trade tribunals. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is asking members of Congress to sign a letter raising concerns about the agreement and opposing a process called "fast track" that could expedite passage of this agreement.
The deadline to sign the letter is imminent, and we need you to make sure your member of Congress has signed on to this critical letter!
Take Action: Support Solar Power!
One of the largest solar power plants under construction in the U.S. is the 632-megawatt Topaz Solar Farm in California. The plant will create 400 construction jobs, power 160,000 homes and generate an estimated $417 billion in positive economic impacts. Right now, 38 of these utility-scale, clean energy solar projects are under construction, putting thousands of electricians, steelworkers, and laborers to work. But unless Congress acts, new investments in clean energy could be in jeopardy.
Tell your representative to support H.R. 2502, which allows developers to qualify for the current solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) when they start construction.
Grassroots Activism: Asheville Votes to Move Beyond Coal
Last week the city council in Asheville, NC, voted unanimously to move the city off coal-fired electricity. Duke Energy's coal plant in Asheville is the largest source of carbon pollution in western North Carolina, and the city will now work with Duke to phase out the use of coal there. Asheville joins Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, and a growing number of other cities transitioning to clean energy.
Read more and watch a video of the Sierra Club rally that helped move Asheville beyond coal.
Grassroots Activism: Howling for the Wolves
Thank you for speaking up for gray wolves! Sierra Club supporters generated more than 80,000 comments telling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to not remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List. The agency has now extended the deadline for comments -- have you submitted yours yet?
If you live out West, you can still speak out in person for the gray wolf. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scheduled public hearings for November 19 in Denver, Colorado; November 20 in Albuquerque, New Mexico; November 22 in Sacramento, California; and December 3 in Pinetop, Arizona.
Photo Larry Allan.