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Oregon Chapter - Sierra Club

Welcome to the monthly email newsletter of the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter!
October 2012 - Issue 40

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NO COAL EXPORT ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER!

Big Coal is pushing forward with their destructive plans to export dirty coal through Oregon. On the 'fast track' is a plan by Australia's Ambre Energy to ship 8.8 million tons of coal per year from Montana and Wyoming by rail to eastern Oregon, then by barge through the Columbia River Gorge and past Portland for export to Asia. In addition to risks from toxic coal spills and fugitive coal dust entering the Columbia River and impacting public health and fisheries, coal export will fuel the growing climate crisis and pollute our air and water with harmful mercury and other pollutants.

The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) is now considering a major state permit for the development of this coal export terminal, the first of five planned for the region. We have until October 31 to tell DSL that they must deny the permit for this Columbia River coal export terminal. Meanwhile, the US Army Corps of Engineers is considering whether or not to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement on this project.

Please click here to send Oregon DSL, the Army Corps, Governor Kitzhaber and other leaders a letter today and urge them to say 'NO' to coal exports on the Columbia River.

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SAVE OUR WILD SALMON

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has formally announced his commitment to a new, inclusive stakeholder dialogue to recover wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia-Snake River Basin. In a major editorial, the Governor called on the Bonneville Power Administration and other federal agencies to "join with Oregon and others; roll up our collective sleeves; and craft a way to operate our hydroelectric system that delivers reliable, clean, and affordable power while assuring that our salmon heritage and the jobs that are tied to it also thrive." Click here to read the Governor's editorial.

We have a real opportunity today – with the Obama Administration, Congress, and west coast 'salmon state' leaders – to pursue a new and effective path to recover wild salmon, rebuild jobs, protect communities, and invest in a clean energy economy. Please send them a message today.


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HELP THE ENVIRONMENT WHILE YOU WORK!

If you work for the State of Oregon, the Federal Government, Kaiser Permanente, NW Natural, PGE, or one of more than 100 other employers, you can make a regular donation from your paycheck that benefits your favorite Oregon conservation groups, including the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club!  Click here to learn more!
 


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GO SOLAR WITH THE SIERRA CLUB!

If you are thinking about going solar, now is the time to act! Signing up now means you'll receive your federal tax credit, and $1,500 of your state tax credit back on your 2012 tax returns.

The Sierra Club's Go Solar program guarantees the lowest prices in the state for rooftop solar.  And, if you install before the end of the year you can take maximum advantage of the available solar tax credits Sign up today for a free solar evaluation for your home and start producing clean, renewable energy on your roof!

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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

It's easier than ever to give a gift to the Oregon Sierra Club! This is your chance to make a gift directly to the Oregon Chapter and ensure that 100% of your donation will be working to keep Oregon the special place that it is.

Please consider giving a monthly, sustaining contribution. Your ongoing donations ensure a continuing source of funds throughout the year and make a huge difference in our ability to continue the work that we do. Thank you so much for your generous support!


Check out our events, activities, and take actions.

GET OUTDOORS!
Fall has arrived, so get outside and enjoy Oregon's environment (and maybe even learn more about how you can get involved with the Oregon Sierra Club!) Check out our outings calendars to see a list of activities in your area!

NUCLEAR FREE NORTHWEST!
Join our Columbia (Portland area) Group on October 18 for a "Third Thursday" presentation on the Sierra Club's Nuclear Free Campaign. Click here to learn more.

CAN COWS AND BIRDS COEXIST?
Join our Juniper (Bend area) Group on November 13 and hear from avian ecologist Pat Kennedy about the relationship between cattle grazing and bird populations in eastern Oregon grasslands. Click here to learn more.


GET INVOLVED!
The Sierra Club is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots organization for a reason -- our volunteers are an integral part of everything we do! Whether you're interested in attending a meeting, tabling at an event, analyzing policy, helping us fundraise, or lending your handy skills around the office, there's a place for you! Click here to fill out our volunteer form!

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