Let's Have a Clean (Energy) Election
Americans will choose a new President this year, and if you live in Iowa, New Hampshire, or another early primary state, that certainly isn't news to you. But something is decidedly different this time around, and that's the attention that candidates from both parties are paying to global warming and energy issues. That's not by chance, either: Sierra Club staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly to elevate clean energy as an election issue.
In Iowa last week, the Club turned out 1,000 caucus-goers with Sierra Club stickers proclaiming "The Clean Energy Future Begins in Iowa," and all major Democratic candidates called for a reduction in global warming emissions of 80 percent by 2050. And in today's New Hampshire primary, nearly a dozen Club staffers and 200 volunteers are pounding the pavement to call for clean energy.
November's still a way off, though. If any Presidential candidates show up in your neighborhood, here are five questions about energy and global warming that you can ask them, courtesy of Sierra Club Conservation Director Greg Haegele (now blogging regularly at Treehugger.com).
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You Say You Want a Resolution?
So you changed all your light bulbs last year, and you're looking for a New Year's resolution that will make a difference when it comes to stopping climate change? Look no further. We've got five super easy resolutions to choose from, and some of them are as easy as cracking a book (and, no, it doesn't have to be Al Gore's).
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Your Pick for 2007's Top Story
Speaking of Al Gore, Insider readers, ironically enough, chose "Al Gore Wins Everything" as the top environmental story of 2007. But since the runner-up story was the summer melting of the Arctic ice cap, the real message may be that 2007 marked the beginning of a nationwide consensus that (despite the Bush administration's best efforts) global warming can no longer be ignored.
In third place: the scary (and still unexplained) colony collapse disorder that threatens North America's honeybees -- and the crops they pollinate.
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Time's Running Out for Polar Bears
The clock is ticking for America's polar bears. Global warming has placed the species in such peril that the Interior Department is on the brink of deciding whether or not to list it as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. A decision was due January 9, but on Monday the Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that it would delay that decision until the end of the month. In the meantime, instead of doing everything possible to protect the polar bear, the Interior Department is handing the bear yet another hurdle: The Chukchi Sea, home to one-tenth of the world's polar bears, was opened last week to oil drilling -- and the spills that come with it.
We can't wait until the last polar bear drowns before we act to save it. Tell Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne that the polar bear should be listed as threatened now, before it's too late.
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