Sierra Club Currents: Vol. VI, No. 64

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

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Sierra Club Currents – President Attempts to Turn Down the Heat
Volume VI, #64
Tuesday, May 15, 2007

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Quote of Note:

“Once species become extinct, no corrective legislation can bring them back-they are gone forever.”

— Allen M. Solomon, Senior research global ecologist, Environmental Protection Agency (retired); and former senior policy analyst, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

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Table of Contents

(1) Global Warming: President Attempts to Turn Down the Heat

Thanks to global warming, our rarest and most precious wildlife have never faced greater odds against survival. It is fitting that the President has chosen to finally show interest in combating global warming just prior to National Endangered Species Day. Yesterday the President called on federal agencies to increase fuel economy standards and the production of alternative fuels in an effort to address our energy and global warming problems by 2008. However, there is no need to wait until 2008. There are actions that we can take right now to start combating global warming.

Learn how global warming is affecting our wildlife and find out how you can be a part of the solution.

(2) Trade: New Deal Protects Wildlife

The tropical Andes is the richest and most diverse region on Earth. Many of the tens of thousands of plant and animal species in the Andes are irreplaceable. Unfortunately, far too many are also threatened with extinction. A new deal announced last week would help protect this special region by adding enforceable environmental standards to the U.S. — Peru trade agreement.

While the deal makes progress, there is still much work to be done to achieve the reforms necessary to form a U.S. trade policy that supports sustainable development and environmental protection.

Learn more about trade policies that protect the environment.

(3) Take Action: Stop Attacks on the Endangered Species Act!

Recently leaked documents reveal that officials at the Interior Department have been rewriting Endangered Species Act regulations, unraveling the federal law that has protected them for the past three decades by making them friendlier to big timber, developers, and industry, and less friendly to the animals they are supposed to protect. Without the Endangered Species Act, many of America’s wildlife would have disappeared over the past 30 years. This law is more important now than ever before.

Tell Congress to stop the Administration from gutting the Endangered Species Act behind closed doors!

(4) Take Action: Protect Appalachia from Destruction!

Mountaintop removal is the nation’s most destructive form of coal mining. Mining companies clear-cut native forests and use explosives to blow off mountain tops to uncover thin seams of coal.

This devastating practice destroys ancient mountains, buries streams and lays waste to wildlife habitat, like that of the cerulean warbler. Because mountaintop removal mining is decimating its habitat, the cerulean warbler population is less than one-fifth of what is was 40 years ago and is continuing to decline faster than any other warbler species in the U.S.

Tell Congress to stop this destruction!

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Sierra Club Currents: Vol. VI, No. 63

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

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Sierra Club Currents – Upstream Battle
Volume VI, #63
Tuesday, May 8, 2007

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Quote of Note:

“But I will die with my toothless mouth planted firmly around their corporate ankles.”

— Tom Kruzen, a 60 year old activist working to stop Doe Run’s massive contamination of La Oroya, Peru from the company’s lead smelter

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Table of Contents

(1) Salmon: Upstream Battle [Note: as this links informs you, dear readers, “what the Sierra Club is doing to protect our fishing traditions,” I have helpfully omitted it. No need to trouble you with such smut.]

(2) Michigan: Water Sentinel Wins Petoskey Prize

Water Sentinel Lynn Henning has been awarded the 2007 Petoskey Prize for Grassroots Environmental Leadership from the Michigan Environmental Council for her “tenacious, innovative and courageous” commitment to protecting the community from the pollution created by factory farms. Despite intimidation tactics by the factory farmers targeting her and her family, she worked relentlessly for the health and welfare of her neighbors and their environment. As part of the Petoskey Prize, Lynn will receive $5,000 to further her efforts.

Learn more about factory farms and what you can do to help.

(3) Take Action: Protect Our First National Park

Both the EPA and National Park Service have independently confirmed, several times that visitors would enjoy Yellowstone with much less risk to their health, far less impact on park resources, and greater opportunities to enjoy the park’s natural ambiance if snowmobile use is ended and snowcoach access expanded. Yet the new winter use plan proposes almost tripling the number of snowmobiles allowed in the park each day — over 700 snowmobiles. We need to act now to preserve the ambiance of our first national park for our children and grandchildren.

Tell the National Park Service that snowcoaches, not snowmobiles are the way to go!

(4) Take Action: Increase Fuel Economy

The technology exists today to make all new vehicles — from sedans to SUVs to pickup trucks — go farther on a gallon of gas. This is the biggest single step that we can take to saving money at the gas pump, curbing global warming, and cutting America’s oil dependence. Today, a Senate committee moved forward on fuel economy legislation that does not guarantee any oil savings or reduction in global warming emissions since it sets goals, but no standards. Now more than ever, America needs vehicles that go farther on a gallon of gas.

Tell the Senate to require annual improvements in fuel economy.

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Sierra Club Currents: Vol. VI, No. 62

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

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Sierra Club Currents — Secretly Shipping Toxic Waste
Volume VI, #62
Tuesday, May 1, 2007

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Quote of Note:

“This is a mammoth undertaking. It doesn’t end today. Global warming, climate change is one of the biggest ecological threats the environment has ever faced, and it’s going to require work every day, every week, every month and every year.”

— Canadian Environment Minister John Baird, announcing a series of greenhouse gas emissions cuts for the country’s industrial sector.

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Table of Contents

(1) Army: Secretly Shipping Toxic Waste

(2) Energy: Green Pepsi?

(3) Take Action: Fight Global Warming — Oppose Liquid Coal!

(4) Take Action: Incentives for Efficiency!

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Sierra Club Currents: Vol. VI, No. 61

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

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Sierra Club Currents – Sierra Students Break the Addiction
Volume VI, #61
Tuesday, April 24, 2007

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Quote of Note:

“Don’t touch me.”

— Karl Rove gets angry while discussing global warming with Sheryl Crow over dinner.

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Table of Contents

(1) Victory: Sierra Students Break the Addiction

(2) Gulf Coast: Arbor Day of Action

(3) Take Action: Extend Energy Efficiency

(4) Take Action: Save the Endangered Species Act

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Sierra Club Currents: Vol. VI, No. 60 (& another Earth Day challenge!)

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

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Sierra Club Currents – Protecting Kids from Toxic Toys
Volume VI, #60
Tuesday, April 17, 2007

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Quote of Note:

“What has allowed so many [psychopathic personalities] to rise so high in corporations, and now in government, is that they are so decisive. Unlike normal people, they are never filled with doubts, for the simple reason that they cannot care what happens next. Simply can’t. Do this! Do that! Mobilize the reserves! Privatize the public schools! Attack Iraq! Cut health care! Tap everybody’s telephone! Cut taxes on the rich! Build a trillion-dollar missile shield! F— habeas corpus and the Sierra Club and In These Times, and kiss my ass!”

Kurt Vonnegut
November 11, 1922 — April 11, 2007

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Table of Contents

(1) Carl Pope to Congress — Take Action: Increase Fuel Economy

(2) Victory: Protecting Kids from Toxic Toys

(3) Water: Nor’easter Floods Basements with Sewage

(4) Take Action: Protect Our Coasts

Also, much like the Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra Club is asking you to submit an Earth Day resolution – this time, in photo form:

IT TAKES 2

Two what, you ask? Scientists say we can curb global warming and its consequences if we take actions to cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. That’s a do-able 2 percent cut a year for each of the next 40 years. We all need to pitch in — you, me, businesses, government. Send us a photo of what you’re doing to cut your carbon emissions, and we’ll post it here. Check out what other folks are doing. Don’t forget — It Takes 2.

So next time you cook up a nice juicy Boca Burger or order some vegan donuts to go, take a moment to snap a quick photo before (or, even better, while) digging in. Show the “green carni’s” (a contradiction if there ever was one) that the single best thing you can do for the environment is go veg.

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Sierra Club Currents: Vol. VI, No. 59

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

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Sierra Club Currents – Doctors Prescribe Cleaner Air
Volume VI, #59
Tuesday, April 10, 2007

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Quote of Note:

“The president still doesn’t get it.”

– Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)in response to President Bush’s “additions” to the Supreme Court ruling that the EPA must regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles as pollution.

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(1) Victory: Protecting Our Forests

(2) Utah: Doctors Prescribe Cleaner Air – Read more about the doctors’ recommendations and find out how to get cleaner air in your area.

(3) Take Action: Wilderness Revival

(4) Take Action: Step It Up!

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Sierra Club Currents: Vol. VI, No. 58

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

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Sierra Club Currents – Are You Part of the Solution?
Volume VI, #58
Tuesday, April 3, 2007

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Quote of Note:

“The use of the word ‘judgment’ is not a roving license to ignore the statutory text.”

— Supreme Court ruling criticizing the Bush Administration’s inaction on global warming

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(1) Victory: EPA Must Address Global Warming

(2) Global Warming: Are You Part of the Solution?

(3) Take Action: Save Our Salmon!

(4) Take Action: Stand Up for Clean Water!

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Sierra Club Currents: Vol. VI, No. 57

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

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Sierra Club Currents – Permission Denied
Volume VI, #57
Tuesday, March 27,2007

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Quote of Note:

“You’re not making the rules. You used to when you did this [waves gavel]. Elections have consequences. So I make the rules.”

— Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in response to Sen. Inhofe’s (R-OK) bad behavior toward Al Gore at a global warming hearing last week.

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(1) Victory: Permission Denied

(2) Chavez: Remembering a Great Man

(3) Take Action: Curb Global Warming!

(4) Take Action: Trade for a Better Environment!

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SaveOurEnvironment.org: Exxon – Pay the victims!

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

UPDATE, 3/28/07:

Here’s a similar alert and sample letter from The Sierra Club.

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ExxonMobil Must Take Responsibility

Via SaveOurEnvironment.org:

Exxon – Pay the victims!

It’s been 18 years since the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and ExxonMobil still has not paid the punitive damages it owes to the victims of the spill.

The oil spill destroyed the livelihoods of thousands of Alaskan fishermen and others, and decimated wildlife.

Instead of paying what it owes, ExxonMobil has dragged more than 30,000 people through 13 years of litigation by appealing every guilty verdict it’s been given since 1994! During this time 6,000 people have died waiting for compensation.

Click here now to send a fax to ExxonMobil’s CEO and Board Chair and tell them to stop appealing the guilty verdicts and pay the damages they owe.

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Sierra Club Currents: Vol. VI, No. 56

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

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Sierra Club Currents – Sierra Club, Utility Strike Landmark Deal
Volume VI, #56
Tuesday, March 20, 2007

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Quote of Note:

“The biggest danger is we won’t do enough soon enough.”

— Ted Turner on climate change

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(1) Energy: Sierra Club, Utility Strike Landmark Deal

(2) New Hampshire: The People Have Spoken

(3) Alaska: Clean Water Victory

(4) Take Action: Wilderness Revival!

(5) Take Action: Restore Clean Water Protections!

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Sierra Club Currents: Vol. VI, No. 55

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

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Sierra Club Currents – Ten Top Park Picks
Volume VI, #55
Tuesday, March 13, 2007

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Quote of Note:

“This budget sends an unmistakable message to people who are concerned about our health and a clean environment — you are not a high priority.”

– Sen. Boxer (D-CA) questioning EPA Administrator Steven Johnson on the agency budget proposal that includes a $400 million cut to wastewater treatment projects, a $35 million cut to air pollution monitoring and a $7 million cut for the toxic waste cleanup program.

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(1) Get Outside: Ten Top Park Picks

(2) Victory: Court Protects Sacred Lands

(3) Take Action: Wilderness Revival!

(4) Take Action: Make Your Car Go Farther on a Gallon of Gas!

(5) Send an Ecard: Tell Some Friends to Get Green This St. Patrick’s Day

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The Sierra Club: Help Save the Polar Bear

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Via The Sierra Club:

Help Save the Polar Bear

The Bush administration may not have seen the light — but they have seen the heat from global warming. Earlier this year, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced the Bush Administration’s intention to list the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act, citing global warming and the significant loss of sea ice the bears need for hunting as the principal reason. The Sierra Club supports all efforts to protect the polar bear — including this listing effort, even though designation as an endangered species without bold, comprehensive action on global warming will not be enough to save the animal.

Until our nation decreases its reliance on the polluting energy sources that cause global warming, the polar ice caps will continue to melt away. Some analysts believe the arctic icecap could totally disappear by the year 2050, which would be a catastrophe for polar bears and us.

Let Secretary Kempthorne know today that you support saving the polar bear through a combination of federal protection and responsible energy policy.

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Sierra Club Currents: Vol. VI, No. 54

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

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Sierra Club Currents – The Heat is On
Volume VI, #54
Tuesday, March 6, 2007

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Quote of Note:

“For the first time in history, my community has had to use air conditioners. Imagine that, air conditioners in the Arctic.”

— Inuit leader Sheila Watt-Cloutier

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(1) Take Action: Fight Global Warming

(2) Coal: The Heat is On

(3) Take Action:Help Protect Wild Forests!

(4) EPA: A Breath of Fresh Air

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Sierra Club Currents: Vol. VI, No. 53

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

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Sierra Club Currents – Wall Street Buys in to Clean Energy Future
Volume VI, #53
Tuesday, February 27, 2007

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Quote of Note:

“If you really want to reduce the amount of oil that you consume, you have to reduce the amount of gasoline you use.”

– President Bush on a road trip to push energy initiatives he announced last month in his State of the Union address

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(1) Texas: Wall Street Buys in to Clean Energy Future

(2) Children’s Health: Global Warming Fever

(3) Take Action: And the Oscar Goes to… Solving Global Warming!

(4) Take Action:Protect Workers’ Rights!

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Sierra Club Currents: Vol. VI, No. 52

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

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Sierra Club Currents – Colleges Get Green Grades
Volume VI, #52
Tuesday, February 20, 2007

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Quote of Note:

“The direct exposure would be if kids were putting their lunchboxes in their mouth, which isn’t a common way for children to interact with their lunchbox.”

– Consumer Product Safety Commission spokeswoman Julie Vallese, on the hazards posed by lead in lunchboxes.

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(1) Report Card: Colleges Get Green

(2) Mercury: EPA Fails to Hold Polluters Accountable

(3) Take Action: Say YES to Renewable

(4) Take Action: Mountain Justice Spring Break

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The Sierra Club: Protect the Giant Sequoias From Logging

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

Via The Sierra Club:

Protect the Giant Sequoias From Logging

[W]e’ve reached a crucial time in the Sierra Club’s ongoing battle to protect one of the most triumphant symbols of America’s proud wilderness – California’s Giant Sequoias.

For more than twenty years, the Sierra Club and its Members fought to secure the future of this threatened wild area and as a result, President Clinton proclaimed this area a National Monument in 2000.

Since then, the Bush Administration has fought hard to render this important conservation victory meaningless and to rob America of its unique, wild heritage. And now, despite being rebuked by the federal courts, the Bush Administration is refusing to back off its plan to log this irreplaceable ancient forest.

[Please] sign our petition to the newly appointed U.S. Forest Service Chief, Abigail Kimbell, and ask her to challenge the Bush Administration’s continued efforts to allow commercial logging within the boundaries of the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

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Sierra Club Currents: Vol. VI, No. 51

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

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Sierra Club Currents – Citizens Rally for Clean Energy
Volume VI, #51
Tuesday, February 13, 2007

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Quote of Note:

“We don’t know what those other cycles were caused by in the past. Could be dinosaur flatulence, you know, or who knows?”

-Rep. Dana Rohrabacher R-CA, on the cause of previous warming cycles

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(1) Texas: Citizens Rally for Clean Energy

(2) Everglades Skyway: No Ordinary Alliance

(3) Take Action: Support Fair Trade!

(4) Take Action: Say YES to Renewable Energy!

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Sierra Club Currents: Vol. VI, No. 50

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

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Sierra Club Currents – New Plan for Tackling Global Warming Emissions
Volume VI, #50
Tuesday, February 6, 2007

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Quote of Note:

“I am distressed that the agency has said there will be no required testing of our drinking water for the dangerous chemical perchlorate. This is …one of several recent EPA actions undermining health protection.”

– Senator Boxer (D-CA), in response to an EPA failure to protect public health- a subject on the agenda for today’s EPA accountability hearing.

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(1) Global Warming: New Plan for Tackling Emissions

(2) In the Hot Seat: Boxer vs. the EPA

(3) Take Action: Stop Wasting Money on Dead-end Drilling!

(4) Take Action: Protect Kids from Toxic Jewelry

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Sierra Club Currents: Vol. VI, No. 49

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

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Sierra Club Currents – A Surprise Atop the EPA’s Green Power List
Volume VI, #49
Tuesday, January 30, 2006

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Quote of Note:

“Our commitment to this purchase is not just good for the environment, it’s good business.”

– Don Dana, head of Wells Fargo’s Corporate Properties Group, which has achieved energy savings of up to 20 percent at many Wells Fargo locations.

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(1) Business: A Surprise Atop the EPA’s Green Power List

(2) USC Air Pollution Study: Kids Face Stunted Lung Growth

(3) Take Action: Keep Our Air Lead-Free!

(4) Take Action: Join the International Week of Climate Action!

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Sierra Club Currents: Vol. VI, No. 48

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

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Sierra Club Currents – Inconvenient Details, Unearthing the Truth
Volume VI, #48
Tuesday, January 23, 2007

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Quote of Note:

“Headlines above the fold that will knock your socks off in terms of our commitment to energy independence.”

– President Bush’s top economic advisor, Al Hubbard on what Americans can expect from tonight’s State of the Union address

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(1) Inconvenient Details: Unearthing the Truth

(2) Congress: Global Warming Tops List

(3) Take Action: Support a Clean Energy Future!

(4) Take Action: Save the Rainforests!

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