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May 13, 2008: In This Edition of the Insider
  • Gas-Free Cars 
  • Sierra Club and the Military Family Outdoor Initiative
  • Hawaii Requires Solar Water Heaters
  • Kansas Says "No" to Coal
  • Nominate Your Local Hero
  • Make Your Email Matter
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    Cars That Never Need Gas
    Wish you never had to fill up again? Darrell Dickey doesn't. He drives an electric car that's charged by photovoltaic panels on the roof of his house. He's one of three drivers who told us how they got into owning cars that are charged by wind or solar power. As Dickey puts it, "For $45,000 we got a car and fuel for the rest of our lives."

    You probably won't be able to find a no-gas car by Memorial Day, but our "Pain in the Gas" webpage is chock full of gas-saving tips that'll save you fuel and money over the holiday weekend.

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    Helping Military Families Connect with Nature
    The Military Family Outdoor Initiative, a joint project of the Sierra Club and The Sierra Club Foundation, today announced a three-year grant of up to $23 million, provided by generous donors, to support three organizations that provide returning veterans and their families with healing, life-affirming outdoor experiences in the natural world.

    The initiative builds on the success of a partnership the Sierra Club began last year with support to the National Military Family Association to provide week-long summer camp experiences to military children. NMFA's Operation Purple Camps engage kids in outdoor experiences and activities while teaching coping skills to help them deal with the deployment of one or both of their parents.

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    Hey Mr. Green

    Mahalo Nui Loa, Hawaii
    The Hawaii state legislature passed a landmark measure on May 1 that would make the state the first in the nation to require solar water heaters as a standard feature on all new homes. The solar roofs bill, which received unanimous support in the House and only two dissenting votes in the Senate, was the top priority of the Hawaii Sierra Club this legislative session.

    "This is the type of transformative policy that will define Hawaii's clean energy future," says Hawaii Sierra Club Director Jeff Mikulina. "We are the Saudi Arabia of sun -- every house in the state should be tapping into this free resource."

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    Good News from the Sunflower State
    Also on May 1, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius rejected an ultimatum by the state legislature to approve two new coal-fired power plants in the state. "It's great to see a leader get the big picture," said Kansas Sierra Club leader Bill Griffith. "Governor Sebelius is a rare breed of politician who examines long-term policy implications and truly does what is best for the citizens she represents."

    For Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope's take on the good news from Kansas, see his blog, "Taking the Initiative."

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    Looking for Local Heroes
    "This Brave Nation" is a new Internet documentary series that features ten activists with a commitment to making a difference. The first episode premieres on June 1 and features the Sierra Club's Carl Pope in conversation with civil-rights activist Van Jones.

    The sixth episode will feature two young local activist heroes chosen from a pool of candidates by the ten featured activists.

    If you think that you or someone you know should be nominated, you can do so here

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    Check Your Email and Make a Difference 
    The i'm Initiative uses Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Hotmail to connect people with ten of the world's most effective organizations dedicated to social causes (including the Sierra Club).

    Every time you send a message using Windows Live Messenger or Windows Live Hotmail, after you join the i'm Initiative, Microsoft shares a portion of the program's advertising revenue with the organization of your choice.

    To join the i'm Initiative, simply follow the instructions at, click on Sierra Club as the cause you want to support, and start becoming part of the solution.

    Already a Hotmail user? You can bypass the sign-up process.

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    High on Energy, Low on Cash?
    Check out our special Outings offers for younger travelers! Join us for a Sierra Nevada budget hiking extravaganza for the 20s and 30s set or get your hands dirty on a weeklong volunteer trip for just $95 thanks to the Sharon Churchwell Fund. (Participants must be 18 to 25 years old; other rules apply. Contact us to learn more.)  


    Vodka versus Ethanol
    Just in time for Bike-to-Work week, Sierra magazine's Mr. Green analyzes which would be more efficient: an ethanol-powered car or a vodka-fueled bicyclist.

    Think you know which can go farther?

    Check out his blog!

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    Global Warming and the 2008 Elections
    To curb global warming, we need more than technological solutions. We need strong leadership -- in our city council chambers and in the White House.

    Find out more in the latest One-Minute Energy Intelligence video.  


    Wyoming Wolves under Attack
    Since Wyoming's wolves lost federal protection in late March, Wyoming residents have watched in dismay as anti-wolf foes have headed to the hills with rifles in hand, hoping for the chance to kill a wolf.

    Speak up now for Wyoming's wolves!

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