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Volume VI, #112
May 6, 2008

"Our best way forward is to get out of the oil industry as best we can."

-- Michael McElroy, author of a new study on wind energy, Harvard University professor

In this issue

1) Take Action: No Dirty Fuels in the Defense Authorization Bill
2) Take Action: Oil Companies, Stay Out of Polar Bear Habitat
3) Mercury: Sierra Club Launches New Effort to Cut Pollution
4) New Study: Wind Powered Nation Could Be Reality

1) Take Action: No Dirty Fuels in the Defense Authorization Bill
Not satisfied with resounding losses last year, coal-to-liquids proponents are now trying to tack incentives for their dirty fuels onto the Defense Authorization bill. Coal-to-liquids, or liquid coal, would cause double the global warming pollution as conventional transportation fuels and would dramatically increase destructive coal mining in our nation.

These proponents are also taking aim at "Section 526," a provision in the recently passed energy bill that prohibits federal agencies from spending taxpayer dollars on purchasing contracts for dirty fuels that would increase global warming pollution.

Currents action alert arrow Tell Congress to reject incentives for liquid coal and to preserve section 526!
 

2) Take Action: Oil Companies, Stay Out of Polar Bear Habitat
On May 20th, Royal Dutch Shell will be hosting their Annual General Meeting in The Hague, Netherlands. Sierra Club and its coalition partners will be there to tell Shell Oil to say out of special places like Alaska's Polar Bear Seas. In February Royal Dutch Shell broke records with their bidding on a lease sale in the Chukchi Sea, with bids exceeding $100 million for rights to drill a single 3-mile by 3-mile stretch of the sea.

This lease sale auctioned off 30 million acres of prime polar bear habitat, off the coast of northwest Alaska, for destructive oil and gas drilling. More dirty oil will only exacerbate the problem of global warming and accelerate the Arctic melt. Shell should be investing its $100 million in clean energy that will last and create new jobs, not on squeezing the last bit of dirty oil out of our most fragile ecosystem

Currents action alert arrow

Tell the Board of Directors of Shell Oil that the Polar Bears Seas are to important to drill.


3) Mercury: Sierra Club Launches New Effort to Cut Pollution
Just days before Mother's Day, the Sierra Club today launched a massive, multi-state effort to educate the public about the dangers of mercury pollution, and ensure that all new coal-fired power plants employ modern mercury pollution controls.

As part of the effort, almost 30 new coal plants in 15 states across the country will be held accountable for skirting public health protections and failing to properly control toxic pollution like mercury.

Learn more about the dangers of mercury pollution and find out if your state will be affected.

4) New Study: Wind Powered Nation Could Be Reality
The U.S. has enough wind potential to easily meet all of our energy needs, according to a new study conducted by Harvard University professor Michael McElroy. The study calculated practical wind potential across the country, excluding areas where wind would not likely be developed and found that there is enough wind potential to power our nation.

In fact, Texas alone could produce 21 times the power it needs.

Learn more about the potential for clean energy

 


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