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Currents newsletter

Volume VII, #6
Feb 10, 2009

"We must move away from our dependence on coal."

-- Wisconsin Gov. Doyle

In this issue

1) Take Action: Free Hilda! Confirm Hilda Solis Now
2) Take Action: Call Today to Protect Wilderness
3) New Film: Under the Sea 3D
4) Victory: Asarco Smelter to Close Permanently

1) Take Action: Free Hilda! Confirm Hilda Solis Now
Hilda SolisWith millions of jobs already lost and our economy foundering we simply can't afford to let special interests stall the confirmation of Rep. Hilda Solis as Labor Secretary.

President Obama's economic recovery plan depends on creating millions of new green jobs and Hilda Solis, with her background as an advocate for workers, the environment and green jobs, is vital to making this plan successful.

Currents action alert arrowTell your Senator that enough is enough -- it's time to confirm Hilda Solis now!


2) Take Action: Call Today to Protect Wilderness!
wildernessTomorrow the House will hold a crucial vote on a bill that will protect more than 2 million acres of wilderness. The bill will also designate 10 new National Heritage areas, protect hundreds of miles of free-flowing rivers in six states, establish a 26-million-acre national conservation system, and protect over a million acres of Wyoming for hunting and fishing -- but only if the bill passes without a motion to recommit. Any motion to recommit will essentially kill the bill.

Call your Representatives and tell them to vote yes on the Omnibus Public Land Management Act, and oppose any motion to recommit!

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


3) New Film: Under the Sea 3D
Under the SeaThis Valentine's Day why not take in a movie in the natural world? The new IMAX film, Under the Sea 3D is set to open nationwide on Feb. 13th.

Under the Sea 3D transports moviegoers to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, allowing them to experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea. It offers a uniquely inspirational and entertaining way to explore the beauty and natural wonder of the oceans, as well as the impact of global climate change.

Hear more from the filmmakers on Sierra Club radio

4) Victory: Asarco Smelter to Close Permanently
TexasLast week the Sierra Club and U.S./Mexico border residents celebrated a major victory for health and the environment when Asarco LLC announced it would not reopen its notorious El Paso copper smelter (pdf). The 122 year old behemoth is located just five minutes from downtown El Paso, Texas and just across the Rio Grande from a heavily populated and economically distressed neighborhood in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. 

The Sierra Club's Environmental Justice program and community activists had been fighting Asarco's plans to reopen the smelter, which for decades had emitted hundreds of tons of lead, arsenic and cadmium onto surrounding homes, schools and businesses. Sierra Club will now push for thorough cleanup and support the community's drive for clean energy and green jobs.


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