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Volume VI, #119
June 24, 2008

"Energy is actually a huge opportunity for Republicans. Energy has the opportunity to change the climate if it's done right."

-- Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), chair of the Senate Republicans' re-election campaign

In this issue

1) Take Action: Stop Giveaways to Big Oil!
2) Take Action: Tell Detroit to Speed it Up!
3) Flooding: Toxic Wake
4) Victory: EPA Will Address Toxic Formaldehyde

1) Take Action: Stop Giveaways to Big Oil
Tell Congress to stop giveaways to Big Oil, start investing in real energy solutions, and protect our coasts. Once again, Representative Peterson(R-PA) has introduced an amendment that would lift the ban on new offshore oil and gas drilling.

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It's time to for Congress to realize that more drilling is not the answer.

2) Take Action:
Tell Detroit to Speed it Up!
This Independence Day, we can take one step toward becoming less dependent on oil by making new cars and SUVs go farther on a gallon of gas.

We have until July 1st to tell the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to direct Detroit to speed up the timetable for making gas-saving cars.

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Tell Detroit to Speed it Up!


3) Flooding: Toxic Wake
The floodwaters now beginning to recede from states across the Midwest are leaving toxic debris in their wake, creating a situation much like the one facing the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina -- tons of toxic trash with no place to put it. Today communities on the Gulf Coast are working for a comprehensive plan for disaster debris to protect people from hazardous waste and future contamination.

Recycling and reusing materials, coupled with the appropriate siting of landfills for toxic chemicals away from wetlands and drinking water sources, can dramatically reduce the threats left for local communities.

Take a look at the problems still facing New Orleans and find out what's being done about them

4) Victory: EPA Will Address Toxic Formaldehyde
FEMA TrailerUnder pressure from the Sierra Club, 24 other organizations and more than 5,000 individuals representing every state in the country, the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to conduct a four-part investigation of toxic formaldehyde.

The study is the first step toward implementing more protective formaldehyde standards, including for disaster and emergency housing -- like that given out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and also for our offices and schools.

Could you be affected by formaldehyde and other toxic chemical pollution? Find out here.


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