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Volume VI, #111
April 29, 2008

"Losership, not Leadership."

-- German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel’s response to the global warming plan put forth by President Bush last week.

In this issue

1) Take Action: Urge Congress to Fight Global Warming
2) Take Action: Protect Izembek National Wildlife Refuge
3) New Poll: Energy Concerns Cross Cultural Lines
4) Gas Prices: Bush Calls for More of the Same

1) Take Action: Urge Congress to Fight Global Warming
We know that global warming is real and that we need to act now. Congress is getting the message. The Senate is poised to take action on global warming later this year and the House is working to develop its own policy solutions.

Our Representatives need to stand up for strong and effective solutions. Ask your Representative to endorse principles calling for strong, fair legislation that will do what scientists tell us is necessary to fight global warming.

Currents action alert arrow Ask them to sign on today.

2) Take Action: Protect Izembek National Wildlife Refuge
One of the world's most critically-important resting places for migrating birds is found in the cold-water lagoons and internationally significant wetlands of Izembek National Wildlife Refuge on the Alaskan Peninsula. However, Senators Ted Stevens (R-AK) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), along with Representative Don Young (R-AK), are once again pushing to build a road through the very heart of this valuable wilderness.

The road will threaten hundreds of thousands of migratory waterfowl, wolves, brown bears, foxes, caribou and other wildlife that take sanctuary in the Izembek refuge.

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Tell your members of Congress to protect the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

3) New Poll: Energy Concerns Cross Cultural Lines
Hispanic voters are overwhelmingly concerned about energy, global warming and environmental issues and are willing to take action to find solutions, according to results of a national poll conducted by Bendixen & Associates for the Sierra Club that was just released.

The first-ever national poll of Hispanics on environmental issues found that U.S. Hispanics -- a growing and powerful demographic -- are deeply connected to nature and are concerned about the environment enough to take action to protect their communities and their families.

To view detailed poll results, please visit:   

4) Gas Prices: Bush Calls for More of the Same
As gas prices hit another new high today, President Bush called for more of the same. Instead of calling for real solutions to our country’s crippling energy prices, the President advocated for increasing our dependence on oil, expanding on the policies that have already lined the pockets of Big Oil at the expense of consumers.

We should be breaking our addiction to fossil fuels, not getting a bigger fix. It's time to increase our commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Read Carl Pope's response to the President's speech


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