On December 14, the Sierra Club and Sierra magazine convened a panel of thinkers from the political, public policy, business, and scientific communities for a day-long forum in San Francisco called "Helping America Take the Lead: A Climate Exchange."
Vice President Al Gore presided over the afternoon presentation in which the panel summarized its conclusions. The most pressing recommendation: It's time for government to "put a price tag" on carbon emissions and let the marketplace can respond accordingly.
You can read more about the day's discussion and even watch video clips from the event on our website.
Don't miss Senior Editor Paul Rauber's deconstruction of General Motors' "Go Yellow" advertising campaign pushing the dubious promise of flexfuel vehicles and corn-based ethanol in the new Sierra magazine.
Sample stat: "Replacing just one-eighth of U.S. gasoline consumption [with ethanol] would require the country's entire corn crop." The new Sierra (available online now) also features a special section on Smart Energy Solutions and explains how the U.S. really could slash carbon dioxide emissions sufficiently by 2050 to head off catastrophe.
With 2006 almost over, it's clear that this was a major year for the environment -- from the surprise success of a certain slideshow-turned-blockbuster movie about global warming to mid-term elections will significantly "green" our national government to the first-ever arguments on climate change before the Supreme Court.
But don't take our word for it. What do you think was the most significant environmental story of 2006? Vote for one of ten candidates in our special year-end poll and we'll report the results first thing next year.
Environmentalists may be quick to oppose bad development, but that doesn't mean all development is bad. The Sierra Club recently released a new report that gives a pat on the back to developers who are doing a great job. "Better Buildings: A Guide to America's Best New Developments -- Clean Water Edition" focuses on ten outstanding new developments that use innovative and environmentally sensitive methods of stormwater management.
Check out our interactive map to find a good development near you.
Due to the overwhelming success of our special year-end membership campaign, we've decided to extend our special discounted offer through December 31, 2006!
Join more than 750,000 other Americans protecting our wildlands and wildlife. Become a member of the Sierra Club at our special discounted year-end membership rate of $15 and receive your choice of a Sierra Club Cap, Red and Black Expedition Backpack or a Weekender Bag!
We need your help to protect the Arctic, keep development out of our National Forests, safeguard the Endangered Species Act and for so much more.
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