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Currents newsletter

Volume VI, #104
March 11, 2008

"With the rising cost and dwindling quantity of fossil fuels, along with the toll on the environment and public health, it makes sense to promote the use of renewable and clean energy sources. Local governments can realize financial savings by utilizing solar power and taking advantage of state programs that provide important support."

- New York State Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli in response to a new audit by his office showing that municipalities have saved money by using solar power

In this issue

1) Take Action: Did Your Representative Vote for Clean Energy?
2) Take Action: Tell EPA to Protect us from Formaldehyde!
3) Tune In: Sierra Club TV Series, Breathless in LA
4)Energy:Missouri Moves Beyond Coal

1) Take Action: Protect Our Coasts from Oil and Gas Drilling!
For more than two decades, most of America's coastline has been off-limits to oil and gas drilling.

Now our sensitive coasts and marine environments could be opened up to new offshore oil and gas drilling. Instead of relying on volatile and expensive sources of oil and gas, we can use better technology to reduce our energy demand while producing more energy from renewable sources like wind and solar power.

Currents action alert arrow Tell Congress to Protect Our Coasts!

2) Take Action:Protect States' Rights to Clean Cars!
Senator Boxer has introduced a bill (S. 2555) that would reverse EPA's decision to deny California and twelve other states the right to protect the health of its citizens by requiring cleaner cars.

If allowed to move forward the actions taken by these thirteen states will drastically reduce global warming pollution and significantly improve air quality. We have the technology to produce clean cars that emit far less pollution from the tailpipe, now states just need the right to use it.

Currents action alert arrow

You can do your part to help states fight global warming by urging your Senators to cosponsor this bill!

3) Tune In: Sierra Club TV Series, Storm in the Gulf
Filmed during in the summer of 2005, Storm in the Gulf exposes how Mississippi Governor and former Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour removed existing barriers for oil drilling in the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Unexpectedly, a coalition of local residents, National Park officials and environmentalists organized, and raised awareness that a precious natural resource was being sold off to energy companies under the guise of national security. Then, in the midst of this fight, there appeared an uninvited outsider: Katrina.

Watch a clip, then tune in tonight for the whole show!

4) New Orleans: Going Green in the Big Easy
New Orleans' Holy Cross Neighborhood and the Lower Ninth Ward, some of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina, are embarking on a unique journey to preserve history, incorporate sustainable design and return the community to its former state.

Over the next week hundreds of students, architects, engineers, planners and contractors will converge on New Orleans as part of the Historic Green event to rebuild a sustainable New Orleans.

Learn what you can do to help


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