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Currents newsletter

Volume VI, #101
Feb 19, 2008

"The colossal challenge of dealing with energy scarcity means opportunity ... opportunities for investors across every asset class, and opportunities for workers, potentially high quality job opportunities for millions of workers."

-- AFL-CIO President, John Sweeney on the potential benefits of transitioning to a clean energy economy

In this issue

1) Take Action: Did your Senators Vote to Save You Money on Your Energy Bills?
2) Take Action: Fight the Discriminatory Siting of Toxic Facilities!
3) Sierra Club: President Bush Honors Work in Alaska
4) Toxic Trailers: Study Confirms Dangers of FEMA Trailers

1) Take Action: Did your Senators Vote to Save You Money on Your Energy Bills?
Find out if your Senators voted to boost the economy -- the green way! Your Senators had the opportunity to support clean energy tax incentives as part of the economic stimulus package passed out of both Houses earlier this month.

Unfortunately, these crucial incentives necessary to sustain the booming clean energy industry were stripped out of the package.

But you can make a difference by holding your Senators accountable for their vote

2) Take Action: Fight the Discriminatory Siting of Toxic Facilities!
Across the United States, people of color and low income communities are disproportionately suffering the effects of dangerous pollution.

In the twenty year anniversary edition of their Toxic Wastes and Race report (pdf), the United Church of Christ Justice & Witness Ministries' found that people of color still represent the majority of those living within three kilometers of this country's hazardous waste facilities.

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Help and protect the health and safety of American communities; support legislation to stop this environmental injustice.


3) Sierra Club: President Bush Honors Work in Alaska
Even President Bush has now recognized the Sierra Club's amazing work in Alaska as part of the Salmon in the City program. The Sierra Club received an award from the President and the Coastal America program for their involvement in the Salmon in the City initiative, which has successfully worked to protect the Pacific salmon that are so important to Alaska's economy and culture.

Find out more about Salmon in the City and see how the Sierra Club is working with sportsmen across the country to protect our outdoor heritage.

4) Toxic Trailers: Study Confirms Dangers of FEMA Trailers
Nearly two years after Sierra Club testing indicated that FEMA emergency housing had unsafe levels of formaldehyde, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's test results confirmed the dangers of these trailers. Dangerously high levels of formaldehyde found in many FEMA trailers have caused serious health problems for many trailer residents and are even suspected as the cause of several deaths.

Beyond getting people out of the toxic trailers, FEMA must now take responsibility for victims' medical claims associated with their exposure to formaldehyde.

Learn the toxic truth

 


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