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Volume VI, #109
April 15, 2008

"This year’s Prize recipients exemplify the astounding environmental work being done by ordinary people around the world."

-- Goldman Prize founder Richard N. Goldman.

In this issue

1) Take Action: Protect States' Rights to Clean Cars
2) Take Action: Keep Coal Out of the Farm Bill
3) Goldman Environmental Prize: Rosa Hilda Ramos Wins!
4) Victory: Senate Votes to Protect Wild Sky Wilderness

1) Take Action: Protect States' Rights to Clean Cars
The automobile industry has been lobbying hard on Capitol Hill to undermine states' rights to demand clean cars. Thirteen states have now adopted the standards that will reduce tailpipe greenhouse gas pollution by 30% by 2016.

But these states can't move forward in the fight against global warming until the EPA grants the waiver to allow states to require clean cars.

Currents action alert arrow You can do your part in the fight against global warming by urging your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 5560, the Right To Clean Vehicles Act!

2) Take Action: Keep Coal Out of the Farm Bill
Our nation's agricultural policy should be part of the solution to global warming, not an obstacle. Unfortunately, the Farm Bill now under conference contains taxpayer handouts to Big Coal, including a measure that would enable the Rural Utilities Service to give out high-risk loans and guarantees for building dirty new coal-fired power plants.

These loans, along with incentives for liquid coal would drastically increase global warming pollution.

Currents action alert arrow

Help keep coal out of the Farm Bill and instead encourage real energy solutions for a cleaner, healthier future.

3) Goldman Environmental Prize: Rosa Hilda Ramos Wins!
Puerto Rican grandmother and homemaker Rosa Hilda Ramos, nominated by the Sierra Club, has been awarded this year's prestigious Goldman prize, often called "the green Nobel." In the shadow of polluting factories in Catano, a city across the bay from San Juan, Ramos led her community to successfully defeat a major polluter in court.

She then helped direct the fine money to the permanent protection of Las Cucharillas Marsh, one of the last open spaces in the area and one of the largest wetlands ecosystem in the region.

Learn more about Ramos's amazing work!

4) Victory: Senate Votes to Protect Wild Sky Wilderness
Thanks in part to the dedicated efforts of the Sierra Club and readers like you, the U.S. Senate voted late last week overwhelmingly in favor of a public lands package that preserves America's natural and cultural heritage for generations to come.

The package includes a provision to honor labor and environment leader César Chavéz, as well as a landmark wilderness bill that will protect Washington State's Wild Sky Wilderness.

Learn more about protecting our wild legacy and find out how you can get involved.


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