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Volume VII, #11
March 17, 2009

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

-- Traditional Irish Blessing

In this issue

1) Take Action: Support the Employee Free Choice Act
2) Take Action: Tell Congress to Repower America with Renewable Energy
3) Citizens to Congress: Stop Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
4) New Study: Smog Linked to Premature Death

1) Take Action: Support the Employee Free Choice Act
Green JobsReintroduced in Congress last week, the Employee Free Choice Act (S. 560, H.R. 1409) will protect workers' most basic rights, including the right to choose how and when to form a union. As the clean energy economy expands, millions of new green jobs will be created. To fully capitalize on the potential of the green economy, we will need a robust and skilled workforce, and protecting workers' rights to organize will be an essential part of building a clean energy economy that lifts up all workers and communities.

Currents action alert arrowUrge Congress to protect our workers and communities by supporting and co-sponsoring the Employee Free Choice Act.

2) Take Action: Pass the Public Lands Bill
Pass the Public Lands BillThe Omnibus Public Land Management Act, which would protect more than 2 million acres of wilderness, was defeated by just two votes in the House. But we have another chance! Both the Senate and the House will vote again on the bill.

In the Senate the vote could come as soon as this week. Please call your senator and urge them to vote for the Omnibus Public Lands Bill!

Currents action alert arrow Tell your senator a green future depends upon our ability to protect our America's natural heritage and our most precious places.


3) Citizens to Congress: Stop Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining!
Mountaintop RemovalCitizens from across the nation are in Washington, D.C. this week to ask Congress to stop mountaintop removal coal mining by passing the Clean Water Protection Act, which will prevent coal companies from using valley fills to dispose of their waste.

Residents from Appalachia who are living with the impacts of mountaintop removal are standing up with Americans from thirty states-from the Carolinas to California, who know that their community has a direct connection to mountaintop removal. You can find out if your community has a direct connection to mountaintop removal here.

Learn more about mountaintop removal mining and what you can do to help stop it


4) New Study: Smog Linked to Premature Death
SmogA new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, show that exposure to smog significantly increases the risk of dying from respiratory disease. In fact, the risk is more than three times higher in metropolitan areas with high levels of smog pollution.

Researchers and health professionals have long known that soot and smog from coal-fired power plants increases the risk of respiratory illness, but this is the first study to look solely at the impact of smog instead of at the combined effects of air pollution.




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