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Currents newsletter

Volume VII, #5
Feb 3, 2009

"This means that the rate of melting during the 1980s and 1990s has more than doubled."

-- Michael Zemp, scientist at the World Glacier Monitoring Service in Zurich on the latest glacial data

In this issue

1) Take Action: Urge the Senate to Support the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
2) Take Action: Call in Your Support for Protecting our Wilderness!
3) Victory: Coal Plants Down
4) MR-GO: Going in the Right Direction

1) Take Action: Urge the Senate to Support the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Support the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act Thanks to those of you who contacted your Representatives, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that just passed the House sets a high bar for clean energy investments. Now it's vitally important that the Senate not take this bill backwards.

Please contact your Senator today and urge them to support the bill and keep the focus on investing in newer, cleaner, more efficiency technology and not waste money on costly, business-as-usual approaches like new coal plants or "highways to nowhere."

Currents action alert arrowContact your Senator and urge them to support the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act!


2) Take Action: Call in Your Support for Protecting our Wilderness!
Call in Your Support for Protecting our Wilderness! The new Congress is on the verge of protecting more than 2 million acres of wilderness and in doing so set an ambitious tone for the new administration. But we still need two-thirds of House members to vote in favor of the bill for it to be passed.

Please call your representative and urge them to vote Yes on S. 22, The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. Tell them a green future depends on our ability to protect America's natural heritage and our most precious places.

Currents action alert arrowTell your representative to vote YES to protecting our wild legacy!

 

3) Victory: Coal Plants Down
Coal Plant Two big victories this week; in Michigan, Governor Granholm is set to announce a host of clean energy initiatives that will effectively put the breaks on several new coal plants while also spurring renewable energy and efficiency for homes and schools.

Then in Montana, thanks in part of the efforts of Sierra Club activists and concerned citizens, proponents of the Highwood coal-fired power plant in Montana announced yesterday that they are dropping the project. The electric cooperative plans to invest in cleaner energy alternatives, including wind, instead. This week's decisions come on the heels of the Air Force's finding that a new liquid coal plant planned for Malmstrom Air Force Base, also in Montana, was "not viable."

4) MR-GO: Going in the Right Direction
MRGO Must Go Last week, Army Corps of Engineers contractors started slowly filling in the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), a controversial shipping channel shortcut from the Gulf of Mexico to New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina came ashore right through MRGO, which many experts believe worsened the storm's devastation. Sierra Club has fought hard as part of the MRGO must GO Coalition to fill in the channel, and the Army Corps actions are a good first step. But it will take years to restore the damage done to area wetlands, and Sierra Club will remain vigilant to safeguard coastal communities.

For more information read the Sierra Club report, School of Big Storms.

 

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