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Volume VI, #105
March 18, 2008

"What will replace those colorful flowers? We don't know. But we know that many animals depend upon them, and so the outcome could be quite dramatic"

-- Daniel Inouye, University of Maryland biologist on MSNBC, on his discovery that certain high-altitude flowers are disappearing from the Rockies

In this issue

1) Take Action: Urge Your Senators to Extend Clean Energy Tax Incentives
2) Take Action: Protect Wilderness for Everyone
3) Tune In: Sierra Club TV Series, Rats to Roses
4) Air: New Smog Limit Falls Short

1) Take Action: Urge Your Senators to Extend Clean Energy Tax Incentives
Your Senators are deciding right now whether to cast their vote in the next few weeks to extend crucial clean energy tax incentives necessary to sustain the booming growth of clean electricity generation through 2009.

Extending these important tax credits will create and retain thousands of green collar jobs, provide investment security for renewable energy technologies and put America on the path toward a clean energy future.

Currents action alert arrow Send them a note and encourage them to vote for the economy and the environment!

2) Take Action:Protect Wilderness for Everyone
The Senate is currently considering a wilderness bill that includes many important provisions for protecting and preserving America's public lands heritage.

This bipartisan omnibus public lands bill will permanently protect the Wild Sky Wilderness, recognize the life and accomplishments of Cesar Chavez, and includes many other important public lands provisions

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Tell your Senators to protect America’s public lands heritage!

3) Tune In: Sierra Club TV Series, Rats to Roses
The approximately 800 community gardens in New York City are small islands of hope and safety in the metropolis's more challenged neighborhoods.

Rats to Roses follows the fate of two such gardens that became endangered when former Mayor Rudy Giuliani tried to open these formerly vacant lots to housing developers.

In response, a lawsuit was filed to save them as protected parks. But it didn't avoid a showdown with local neighbors and activists on one side and bulldozers and the police on the other.

Tune In!

4) Air: New Smog Limit Falls Short
Against the advice of its own scientific advisors, the EPA set new ozone standards last week which, while an improvement over the existing standard, still favors polluting industries over public health.

Smog, one of the most dangerous forms of air pollution, comes from sources like coal-fired power plants and automobiles, and can cause serious health problems like asthma, lung damage and even premature death.

Find out how you can get involved in cleaning up our nation's air quality.


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