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Volume VI, #118
June 17, 2008

"It's so nauseous we've had neighbors throw up in their driveways."

-- Jeff Brouse, Thief River Falls resident

In this issue

1) Take Action: Support Strong Global Warming Legislation
2) Attention Paddlers: Win Great Prizes
3) Factory Farms: Toxic Fumes Force Out Residents
4) Victory: Sacred Peak Protected

1) Take Action: Protect Our Last Remaining Wild and Special Places
There's no denying that America faces an urgent energy challenge. We can continue to pursue expensive and unsustainable energy practices and policies that have left us addicted to oil -- like drilling off our coasts or in America's Arctic. Or we can make the changes and take the actions that will put us on the path to a smarter, cheaper and cleaner energy future.

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Tell Congress its time for for a change; support the Consumer-First Energy Act.

2) Attention Paddlers: Win Great Prizes!
People in KayakWhat better way to explore and enjoy the planet than on a river, lake or bay in a human-powered watercraft. Now you can win your very own! June 30 is the deadline for entries in Sierra magazine's 2nd Annual Paddlesport Contest.  There are only a few weeks left to win a Bell canoe, a Necky kayak, or a paddling trip to beautiful Southwest Florida.

Enter for your chance to win today

3) Factory Farms: Toxic Fumes Force Out Residents
Public health officials are advising residents living near the Excel dairy farm in Thief River Falls, Minnesota to evacuate their homes because of high levels of toxic air pollution put out by the corporate farm.

The evacuation comes as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares to exempt factory farms, like Excel dairy, from reporting just such toxic air releases.

Learn more about the hazards posed by factory farms across the country.

4) Victory: Sacred Peak Protected
Thanks to the efforts of a working group of Native American tribes and Pueblos and the Sierra Club, Mt. Taylor in north-central New Mexico has won a one-year emergency nomination to the State Registry of Historic Places. The victory provides the peak temporary protection from exploratory uranium mining and ensures that tribal groups are included in the approval of any major development proposals or mining.

The 11,300-foot mountain is considered a sacred cultural site to numerous pueblos and tribes including the Navajo, Hopi, Laguna, Hickory Apache, Acoma, and Zuni tribes. Learn more at  


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