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Volume VI, #125
August 5, 2008

“I sometimes remind people that we have to buy oil from places where people don't particularly like us.”

-- President Bush in his speech last week on energy

In this issue

1) Take Action: Support Real Solutions to High Gas Prices
2) Take Action: Support Better Fuel Economy Faster
3) Honor: Former Sierra Club Director Honored
4) Victory: Environmental Justice

1) Take Action: Support the Clean Energy Economy
Big oil claims that if we let them drill our protected coasts, they will give us a break at the pump. But as gas prices continue to sky rocket oil companies are announcing record breaking profits.

Last week companies like Exxon and Conoco Phillips announced billions in record breaking profits.

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Tell your member of congress that with only 3 percent of the world's oil reserves, we can't drill our way out of this hole, we need real solutions to high gas prices, not giveaways to big oil!


2) Take Action:
Support Better Fuel Economy Faster
Are high gas prices putting a drain on your wallet? Making our vehicles go farther on a gallon of gas is the biggest single step we can take to save money at the pump, cut our dependence on oil and help curb global warming.

Yet the Department of Transportation is using unrealistically low gas price estimates to set weak fuel economy standards. Currents action alert arrow

Tell your Representative to co-sponsor HR 6643, the Accuracy in Fuel Economy Standards Act which directs DOT to use more accurate gas prices in setting standards!


3) Honor: Former Sierra Club Director Honored
The North Palisade peak, located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains could soon be known as "Brower Palisade" in honor of former Sierra Club Executive Director and distinguished mountaineer David Brower.

U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have proposed to rename the peak to honor Brower for his decades of leadership in protecting and championing the environment.

4) Victory: Environmental Justice
Thanks in part to the grassroots efforts of the Sierra Club Environmental Justice program, which helped document instances of environmental injustice across the country, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed two environmental justice bills late last week. The bills strengthen federal efforts to identify and then eliminate environmental justice threats.

This legislation is necessary to reverse the all too common trend of targeting people of color and low-income communities in the siting of industrial zones, refineries and power plants, helping to protect these communities from being disproportionately burdened by pollution.

Learn more about our work for climate justice.(pdf) 


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