Time for a "Clean Slate"
There's nothing like a fresh start. On his first day in office, President-elect Barack Obama could make four decisions that would start 2009 with a "clean slate" of energy policies. These four policies would have an immediate impact by cutting global-warming pollution and spurring a clean-energy economy.
We call these four policies the Clean Slate Energy Agenda:
- Reduce global warming emissions quickly by making it possible for over a dozen states to implement their clean car requirements.
- Require new and existing coal power plants to limit their global warming emissions.
- End destructive mountaintop removal mining by stopping coal companies from being allowed to dump rock and waste into valleys and streams.
- Restore America's international leadership in the fight to end global warming by publicly committing the U.S. to cut its CO2 emissions at least 35 percent by 2020.
President-elect Obama could make our clean-energy future a reality with the stroke of a pen. Please, join us in asking him to make these four requests a priority for his new administration. If you are one of the 29,000 people who have already contacted President-elect Obama, you can tell all your friends about the Clean Slate Energy Agenda here.
Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope explains the Clean Slate Energy Agenda.
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Holiday Survival Guide
It wouldn't be the holiday season without an update of our ever-popular Holiday Survival Guide for "spirited" family-dinner discussions. Uncle Burt and Cousin Merv haven't mellowed much over the years, but the arguments that will help them hear the sweet song of reason have evolved a bit.
Getting ready to spend the holiday break with your own challenging relations? Time to bone up!
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Protect the Places We Play
This fall, the Sierra Club worked with CLIF Bar and its GreenNotes artists Josh Ritter, Missy Higgins, and Ben Kweller to bring thousands of music fans out to help pick up trash, clean up beaches, and clear up trails. Now we're giving you a chance to tell us the places you want to protect for a chance to win some great prizes.
Enter the CLIF Bar GreenNotes Protect The Places We Play contest online for a chance to win a volunteer and adventure trip for two to Argentina or one of two Forest Stewardship Council-certified guitars.
And don't forget to check out the GreenNotes benefit album. A portion of all sales benefit the Sierra Club.
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Easy Ways to Make a Difference
Looking for an easy (and completely free) way to show your support for the Sierra Club and the work it does? Consider Microsoft's "I'm Making a Difference" program. Every time you send an e-mail, you can earn money for the Club. To get started, sign up for a free Window's Live Hotmail account and select the Sierra Club as the cause you'd like to support.
Looking for another easy way to help the Sierra Club? Bring any old cell phones, pagers, or PDAs you're ready to recycle to any Staples store and deposit them in one of the plastic receptacles. A portion of all proceeds will go to the Sierra Club.
Know someone who might be interested in the Sierra Club Insider? Help spread the word by using our online form to tell your friends, family, and co-workers about the Insider or simply forward this Insider on. (Some email clients strip the links out of emails when forwarded. If your email does this, you can also direct friends, family, and co-workers to our online version.)