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In This Issue of the Sierra Club Insider:

Al Gore and the Sierra Club's Global Warming Panel
New Ideas for Energy in Sierra Magazine
Vote for the Best Environmental Story of 2006
Choose your Free Gift with Our Extended Membership Offer
EXPLORE: Enter to Win Our Outings Sweepstakes
ENJOY: Tune Us In -- Sierra Club's New Radio Show
PROTECT: Grizzlies Threatened

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 Sierra Club InsiderDecember 19, 2006

Climate Exchange Summit
On December 14, the Sierra Club and Sierra magazine convened a panel of thinkers from the political, public policy, business, and scientific communities for a day-long forum in San Francisco called "Helping America Take the Lead: A Climate Exchange."

Vice President Al Gore presided over the afternoon presentation in which the panel summarized its conclusions. The most pressing recommendation: It's time for government to "put a price tag" on carbon emissions and let the marketplace respond accordingly.

You can see photos of the day's events on our Scrapbook page, read a recap of the afternoon report in Compass, and even watch a short video of Senator Barbara
Boxer and others
discussing the climate change crisis.


Convenient Truths Contest


"Go Yellow" Journalism
Don't miss Senior Editor Paul Rauber's deconstruction of General Motors' "Go Yellow" advertising campaign pushing the dubious promise of flexfuel vehicles and corn-based ethanol in the new Sierra magazine.

Sample stat: "Replacing just one-eighth of U.S. gasoline consumption [with ethanol] would require the country's entire corn crop." The new Sierra (available online now) also features a special section on Smart Energy Solutions and explains how the U.S. really could slash carbon dioxide emissions sufficiently by 2050 to head off catastrophe.



The Year That Was
With 2006 almost over, it's clear that this was a major year for the environment -- from the surprise success of a certain slideshow-turned-blockbuster movie about global warming to mid-term elections that will significantly "green" our national government to the first-ever arguments on climate change before the Supreme Court.

But don't take our word for it. What do you think was the most significant environmental story of 2006? Vote for one of ten candidates in our special year-end poll and we'll report the results in the next edition of the Insider, which comes out January 9, 2007.  


Extended - Special Year End $15 Membership!
Due to the overwhelming success of our special year-end membership campaign, we've decided to extend our special discounted offer through December 31, 2006!

Join more than 750,000 other Americans protecting our wildlands and wildlife. Become a member of the Sierra Club at our special discounted year-end membership rate of $15 and receive your choice of a Sierra Club Cap, Red and Black Expedition Backpack or a Weekender Bag!

We need your help to protect the Arctic, keep development out of our National Forests, safeguard the Endangered Species Act and for so much more.

Joing Today!



Not a Club Member? Join Now and Help Protect Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Preserve the Places You Love

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      EXPLORE
Beat the Blues
With the shortest day of the year just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about how you're going to beat the "winter blues." One time-tested strategy is to sign up for a Sierra Club trip, and we've got hundreds to choose from. Of course, the only way to improve on a Sierra Club trip would be to make it free (or nearly so). Enter our "Beat the Blues" sweepstakes, and you and a friend or relative could win a Sierra Club trip worth up to $1,500.

ENJOY

Tune Us In
Looking for green news you can use? Sierra Club Radio features interviews with authors, filmmakers, activists, politicians, and other prominent leaders on the green scene.

The show is broadcast on the Bay Area's Air America affiliate, but you can listen to the latest program anytime at our website or via a free podcast. This week features an interview with filmmaker Chris Paine, director of "Who Killed the Electric Car?"

Visit our website for details.

PROTECT

Grizzlies Threatened
Since it was first listed as an endangered species in 1975, the grizzly bear has made a modest recovery. But with fewer than 900 where there were once over 100,000, they still need to be protected.

We need your help in seeing that Yellowstone's grizzlies remain protected under the Endangered Species Act. Urge Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi to use her position to protect this iconic animal that is such a part of America's natural heritage.

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