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Sierra Club Currents - Evolve or Dissolve?
Volume VI, #40
Tuesday, November 14, 2006




Quote of Note:

"Simply raising fuel economy standards for passenger cars and light trucks to 33 miles per gallon would eliminate our oil imports from the Persian Gulf."

- Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)



(1) Big Three: Evolve or Dissolve?
(2) Chesapeake Bay: State Efforts Pay Off
(3) Take Action: Fast Track to Mountaintop Destruction
(4) Take Action: Stop the Public Land Sell-Off!



(1) Big Three: Evolve or Dissolve?

The executives of General Motors, Ford, and DaimlerChrysler went to Washington with their hands out today. The American auto industry is going belly-up because the "Detroit 3" failed to make fuel efficient cars and trucks that can compete in the marketplace and they want President Bush to bail them out. At a time when the fuel friendly vehicles of Toyota and Honda are leading the industry, the American auto industry continues to stubbornly reject innovation that would help provide energy security, protect the environment, save American jobs, and -- perhaps most importantly for the Big Three -- improve their bottom line.
Learn more about the benefits of increasing fuel efficiency.

Learn more about the benefits of increasing fuel efficiency.


(2) Chesapeake Bay: State Efforts Pay Off

The efforts of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia are slowly but surely helping to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's annual "State of the Bay" (.pdf) report released yesterday. Although the Bay still has a long way to go before it can be removed from the federal dirty waters list, state programs to address nitrogen and phosphorus pollution and increased wooded buffers along waterways have helped improve water quality.

Read the "State of the Bay" report (.pdf).

(Photo courtesy NOAA)



(3) Take Action: Fast Track to Mountaintop Destruction

The Army Corps of Engineers is planning to re-issue nationwide permits that are used by mountaintop removal mining operations to sidestep environmental laws and local community concerns. Issuing fast track permits makes it easier for big coal companies to dump mining waste and fill into mountain streams, burying and polluting local supplies of drinking water.

Protect Appalachian communities!



(4) Take Action: Stop the Public Land Sell-Off!

Senator Bob Bennett (R-UT) and Representative Jim Matheson (D-UT) have introduced a bill which would sell off nearly 40 square miles of public lands to fund millions in pork projects that will accelerate sprawl in southwestern Utah. The bill, the Washington County Growth and Conservation Act (S.3636-HR 5769) threatens to destroy vast wilderness lands in the Zion-Mojave region, landscapes of towering sandstone cliffs, high desert mountains, and untrammeled stretches of the Mojave Desert.

Protect Utah's Wilderness

Join the Utah Wilderness Task Force



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