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Sierra Club Currents - Global Warming Goes on Trial
Volume VI, #42
Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Quote of Note:

"It's basically being fiscally conservative, being socially moderate and you know, being environmentally progressive."

-- Arnold, on Meet the Press, on what it means to be a "Schwarzenegger Republican"


(1) Supreme Court: Global Warming Goes on Trial
(2) Take Action: Get Serious about Change
(3) Building Better: Sierra Club names America's Best New Development


(1) Supreme Court: Global Warming Goes on Trial

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments tomorrow in a landmark global warming case, Massachusetts v. EPA. The case, in which the Sierra Club is a plaintiff, will decide whether the Clean Air Act authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate the pollution that causes global warming. The decision will have a direct bearing on eleven states across the country that have already adopted global warming tailpipe emissions standards for cars and trucks that are more strict than the federal standards.

See who’s involved and learn more about the case.


(2) Take Action: Get Serious about Change

Although the recent election resulted in 20 greener seats in the House and five in the Senate, one place in Washington, DC that shows no sign of getting any greener is the White House. Although President Bush acknowledged our oil addiction in his last State of the Union Address, so far he’s done nothing about it. Now that Americans have elected a greener Congress, the President has a golden opportunity.

Help us send a message to the White House. Between now and the next State of the Union Address in January, we want to send half a million messages to the White House: President Bush, it’s time to get serious about global warming.

And after you’ve told the President, ask a couple of friends to do the same.


(3) Building Better: Sierra Club Names Best New Development Projects

In its second annual Guide to America’s Best New Development, the Sierra Club highlights 10 ground-breaking projects that are helping to keep our drinking water clean. Each of these projects, taken on by developers, communities, local utilities and even nuns, use simple but highly effective solutions to keep untreated and poorly treated sewage and urban runoff out of our drinking water sources.

By changing perspective and looking at stormwater as a resource, not a waste product these projects and the surrounding communities can reap a host of benefits - both economic and environmental. Read the report and see how your community can adopt clean water solutions.

 

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