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Sierra Club Currents - It's Good to be Green
Volume VI, #44
Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Quote of Note:

"This is a warning to oil and gas companies. When you get a Democratic Congress, you are going to get a cop on the beat."

-- Representative Rahm Emanuel, (D-IL) chairman of the House Democratic Caucus on plans to investigate royalty payments to Big Oil -- one of the first steps in a planned overhaul of oil subsidies.

(1) Green Power: Pennsylvania Leads the Nation
(2) EPA: Mercury Rule Finalized
(3) Take Action: Change America Now!
(4) Take Action: You're Invited to a Party with Al Gore!

(1) Green Power: Pennsylvania Leads the Nation

Last week Pennsylvania received the National Green Power Leadership Award for voluntarily doubling its green energy purchases. In an effort to reduce the environmental impacts of its electricity use, Pennsylvania is making the switch to cleaner, healthier energy sources like wind and solar- and its already paying off. Thanks to its clean energy policies, the state has been selected as the future home of the manufacturing facilities of wind-energy giant Gamesa Corp. The facilities represent an $84 million investment in the state that will create as many as 1,000 jobs.

Learn more about clean power solutions.

(Photo courtesy National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

(2) EPA: Mercury Rule Finalized

The finalized new mercury rule for cement kilns rolled out yesterday by the EPA puts industry interests before public health- doing little to reduce current mercury emissions. The new rule does not cap emissions or require specific control measures- calling instead for the industry to use "best practices." Once emitted, mercury can build up in lakes and streams, contaminating the fish we eat and increasing the risk of neurological and developmental problems, especially for women of child bearing age and children.

Learn more about mercury and find out if you are at risk.

(3) Take Action: Change America Now!

This fall's election was a call for change -- and now it's time for action. Sierra Club recently joined the Change America Now coalition to support the first 100 hours Agenda. At the start of Congress next year, House leadership will introduce legislation to roll back multi-billion dollar subsidies for Big Oil. We have a chance to end the corrupting influence of Big Oil on Congress and to end the giveaways to this polluting industry. While this won't take us to energy independence immediately, it is a move in the right direction.

Send a message to Congress -- Change America Now!

(Photo courtesy Zach Carter)

(4) Take Action: You're Invited to a Party with Al Gore!

Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth continues to be a great way to educate people about the realities of global warming. Now the Sierra Club is teaming up with Al Gore,, the League of Conservation Voters, and others to host thousands of "See the Truth" movie parties nationwide on Saturday, December 16th, at 7pm EST. Al Gore will speak to all the participants and answer questions on a conference call at the end of the screenings.

Hosting a movie party is easy. All you have to do is register your party, and we'll help you out with the rest.

Not up for hosting? Visit and you can find a nearby house party to attend.



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