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Volume VI, #95
Jan 8, 2008

"In 44% of all river bodies and streams it's not safe to fish or swim. And yet industrial polluters continue to block legislation that would prevent mercury and MTBE from polluting our water supplies and leaving children with debilitating diseases."

-- Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) on the need for more stringent mercury regulations

In this issue

1) Take Action: Support Renewable Energy!
2) Take Action: Protect our Roadless Areas!
3) Mercury: New Plan Will Dramatically Reduce Pollution
4) Clean Cars: Unlawful EPA Decision Challenged

1) Take Action: Support Renewable Energy!
With a new year comes a new opportunity to pass a national renewable electricity standard of at least 15% by 2020! Last year Congress passed an energy bill that raised fuel economy standards but unfortunately did not include an RES.

Your elected members of congress will have another chance this year to require utilities in America to generate 15% of their electricity from clean, renewable, home-grown sources such as wind and solar power.

Currents action alert arrowFind out how your members of congress voted on the energy bill and urge them to support a renewable electricity standard in 2008!

2) Take Action: Protect our Roadless Areas!
New rules proposed by the U.S. Forest Service could weaken protections for more than 13 million acres of roadless forest in Idaho and Colorado. The new rules will open the door to mining, logging, and oil and gas development on these pristine lands.

We need to act now to protect these valuable lands so that future generations of hunters, hikers, anglers and campers can enjoy them.

Currents action alert arrow

Tell the Forest Service to protect our roadless areas and keep the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule strong


3) Mercury: New Plan Will Dramatically Reduce Pollution
Under a newly approved plan, seven Northeastern states are taking steps to significantly reduce the amount of toxic mercury pollution being spewed into our air. The plan calls for a 98 percent reduction in mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants and other pollution sources over the next 10 years.

The Northeastern pact comes as a response to weak federal mercury regulations, which do little to protect key commercial and recreational fisheries from mercury contamination.

Learn more about mercury pollution and how it could affect your health.

4) Clean Cars: Unlawful EPA Decision Challenged
Last month, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson denied California permission to begin regulating global warming emissions from automobiles. His decision came over the unanimous recommendation of EPA's legal and technical staff to approve the regulations.

Now the Sierra Club and over a dozen states and other environmental groups have filed a petition seeking a reversal of Johnson's decision, citing it as yet one more example of the agency's pattern of putting politics before public interest.

Dr. Jekyll, Meet Mr. Johnson.


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