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Currents newsletter

Volume VI, #128
August 26, 2008

"In sum, the Administrator is proposing to find that elevated levels of [greenhouse gas] concentrations may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public welfare."

-- The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "endangerment finding," citing carbon global warming pollution as a threat. The EPA has refused to release the entire finding to the public.

In this issue

1) Host a Party: Green Jobs Now!
2) Take Action: Stop Giveaways to Big Oil
3) Take Action: Tell Mutual Funds to Act on Global Warming
4) Coal: Consumers Could Pay More

1) Host a Party: Green Jobs Now!
America needs a new clean energy economy -- one that invests in clean, renewable energy, creates millions of green-collar jobs and solves our climate challenge. On Saturday, September 27, tens of thousands people across the country will take part in Americans for Green Jobs Now: A Day to Build the New Economy. People of all backgrounds will organize Green Jobs Now events, with a special focus on low-income communities and communities of color.

Let your policy makers know that America is ready to build an inclusive green economy, strong enough to lift people out of poverty and solve the climate crisis.

Sign up to host or attend an event in your area!  

2) Take Action:
Stop Giveaways to Big Oil
Average Americans are being squeezed by high energy prices, while the oil companies are still taking advantage to push their long-term drilling agenda. Offshore drilling won't lower gas prices today, tomorrow, or even a decade from now and will simply benefit Big Oil's bottom line instead of helping hardworking Americans. 

Currents action alert arrowTell Congress to stop giveaways to Big Oil now!


3) Take Action: Tell Mutual Funds to Act on Global Warming
Ten of the largest mutual fund families in the country are acting like global warming won't affect our planet, the economy, or their investors. While these mutual funds are dragging their feet, institutional investors with trillions of dollars in assets are looking at the cost of global warming and filing climate change resolutions to protect their investors.

Currents action alert arrowTell these funds to catch up and wake up to the reality of global warming and step up to their responsibility to protect their investments

4) Coal: Consumers Could Pay More
Consumers could be faced with higher electric bills if the federal government continues to approve unsound investments in new coal-fired power plants -- that's the concern raised by the Sierra Club today. Already burdened with $36 billion in unpaid loans, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is now allowing rural utilities to take on billions of dollars in additional debt to build risky new coal-fired power plants, at enormous financial risk to taxpayers.

Find out how we can move beyond coal and how to keep your energy bills down


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