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Volume VI, #136
Oct 21, 2008

"Anyone who thinks that commodity prices are going to continue their downward trend is mistaken. At the end of the day, these are finite resources."

- Ralph Izzo, chairman and CEO of PSEG, New Jersey's largest electric utility on the need to control energy demand.

In this issue

1) Take Action: Take Action: Emergency Protections for Grand Canyon Threatened!
2) Take Action: Protect Streams from Mining!
3) PSA: Captain Kirk Takes on Global Warming
4) New Video: Coal Exposed

1) Take Action: Emergency Protections for Grand Canyon Threatened!
Take action to protect the Grand CanyonLast month the Sierra Club won a tremendous victory when it stopped uranium mining exploration right next to the Grand Canyon. But now the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to reverse that victory by repealing the regulation that gives Congress the authority to protect these public lands from mining. The BLM is only giving the public 15 days to weigh in, so please help us hold on to this important victory.

Currents action alert arrowTell BLM to protect these valuable areas from uranium mining!


2) Take Action: Protect Streams from Mining!
Keep our streams pristine!Last week the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) issued a final recommendation on stream buffer zones, proposing to essentially repeal the Stream Buffer Zone rule which has given our waters legal protection from mining waste for three decades. The rule, which prohibits mining within 100 feet of streams, is the last remaining legal impediment to the highly destructive practice of mountaintop removal coal mining. The Environmental Protection Agency has one last chance to reject OSM's recommendation and protect our waterways.

Currents action alert arrowTell the EPA not to repeal the Stream Buffer Zone rule!



3) PSA: Captain Kirk Takes on Global Warming
Check out our new video with William Shatner.Check out the latest in our series of public service announcements with William Shatner. The film and television star joins the Sierra Club to remind us that throughout history we have successfully faced seemingly impossible environmental challenges. But time after time, by working together, we have protected so much of our natural environment. That same "can do" spirit that allowed us to bring the blue whale back from the brink of extinction, can help us avoid the most damaging effects of global warming.

Take a look and be a part of the two percent solution.

4) New Video: Coal Exposed
Check out coalisnottheanswer.org for more facts.Seen a coal ad lately? With the coal industry spending over $40 million on advertising, they think they can convince us to ignore things like "science" and "facts" about dirty coal.

Don't be conned. Go to http://www.coalisnottheanswer.org/ and check out the Sierra Club's new video that cuts through the spin and lays down the facts on some of the most recent ads from the coal industry.  You can also share your thoughts and expose ads in your area

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