A recent EPA sampling showed that only 23% of sampled rivers and streams were in "fair" shape and only 21% were in "good" biological health. The most common problem in these fresh water sources is nutrient pollution.
For decades, we have watched American manufacturing jobs shipped overseas. Now, as we face our highest unemployment rate in 25 years, the consequences of our complacency are crystal clear.
An America that can't manufacture its own goods will be a weak America. And with the clean-energy economy poised to grow exponentially, it's more important than ever to keep new jobs here.
Last Wednesday, Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio stepped up with a brand new proposal that lays the groundwork for the creation of more than 2.5 million new, green jobs. This plan provides an ironclad economic motivation for hesitant lawmakers from hard-hit states to support the Energy Bill.
I was in DC last Wednesday with Apollo Alliance supporters to help build momentum for this bill – it's that important. We've calculated that it would create at least 680,000 new direct manufacturing jobs and nearly 2 million jobs outside the sector.
That means more than 2.5 million Americans put to work creating clean energy technologies. The bill would:
Invest in loans to small- and mid-sized businesses to retool, establish, or expand clean energy manufacturing capabilities, and
Increase funding to help manufacturers break into clean energy markets and adopt innovative, energy-efficient technologies.
With your help, we can generate the resources – and the political will – to create green jobs in an industry that offers a more sustainable solution for our environment, our economy, and American workers.
Two mines, one wilderness Only 20-30 grizzly bears remain in and around the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in northwest Montana. These bears are hanging on by a thread. Biologists say they can't survive the loss of habitat from one mine, let alone two!
Yet, two massive copper and silver mines are in the works. If approved, these mines will jeopardize the wilderness area, degrade rivers and lakes, and harm important wildlife species! The Bush Administration has already given the green light to the proposed Rock Creek Mine.
Now the Forest Service is considering approval of the Montanore Mine.
Undermining wilderness lakes The Montanore mine will intercept ground water in the region and divert it into the mine's underground tunnels. Rivers and lakes that rely on this groundwater will suffer the consequences -- including alpine lakes in the Wilderness.
Bull trout at risk The US Fish and Wildlife found that the Rock Creek mine would likely wipe out the bull trout fishery in Rock Creek. Now, the Montanore Mine is predicted to dewater and degrade the East Fork of Bull River - the most important bull trout stronghold in the region.
Pollution in perpetuity The proposed Montanore Mine is predicted to generate 13 million gallons a year of polluted mine water in perpetuity.
TAKE ACTION Enough is enough!Send a letter to the U.S Forest Service and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. Speak out on behalf of wilderness, water quality and wildlife!
Thanks for taking action, Bonnie Gestring and Alan Septoff, EARTHWORKS
This is it. Next week, the House will very likely vote on landmark clean energy legislation.
And Big Oil is doing everything they can to defeat it.
I'm going to tell it to you straight - we could lose this vote if we don't act now.
That's why we put together an ad showing how clean energy can rebuild our economy, increase national security, and protect the planet – but we need to raise $50,000 RIGHT NOW to run this ad through the vote next week.
Thanks to the generous support of our members, we were able to win 12 of the critical 16 swing votes on this bill in the House Energy and Commerce Committee last month. But with the full House vote only days away, we need your help more than ever!
You and I have worked for years for the chance to pass legislation like this. But Big Oil is mobilizing as never before. In just the first 4 months of this year they've spent almost $80 million trying to defeat clean energy legislation, pulling out all the stops to kill it - from high-paid lobbyists, to misleading ads, to threats to turn off the campaign funding spigots.
We're doing all we can to defeat them – meeting with key members of Congress, organizing tens of thousands of community members, phone-banking in swing districts, and running radio and TV ads like this one.
But with the House floor vote expected within days, we need the resources to do even more.
Alice, I know it from thirty years of fighting - our moment is here. This vote is our best opportunity strengthen and pass clean energy legislation this year - but Big Oil and Dirty Coal are fighting back – hard. That's why we need your help today.
Thank you for everything you do for LCV and the environment.
Tell the EPA: “Protect Our Environment – Reduce Global Warming Pollution!”
Dear Alice Diane,
Submit your comments and add your voice to the public record in support of reducing greenhouse gas pollution! We must act now to protect our future from the worst effects of global warming.
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued an "endangerment finding" that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases represent a significant threat to public health and welfare. The EPA is accepting public comments on this finding until June 23—this is the first time the public has been asked whether we want to limit greenhouse gas pollution.
The EPA's finding, based on tens of thousands of public comments and years of work by EPA's career staff, recognizes that the increased flooding, droughts, wildfires, spread of disease, and heat waves that accompany global warming will harm people. We finally have an administration that elevates science over politics when it comes to the environment.
Right now, America has the opportunity to establish itself as a global leader on clean energy. By shifting to clean energy, and cracking down on the corporations that pollute the water we drink and the air we breathe, we will create economic prosperity, reduce our dependence on oil and coal, while tackling global warming at the same time.
Do you know someone else who cares about protecting our future for our children and the natural world we depend on? Help us to spread the word: Tell-a-friend! Please use Tell-a-Friend instead of forwarding the message. The links in this message have been personalized for you.
Trouble with the "Take Action" links in the message? Try cutting-and-pasting this link into your web browser: http://audubonaction.org/campaign/epa_endangerment
Too many members of Congress are only too happy to say that this global warming bill does enough - and pretend it doesn't undermine the EPA. We're going to need all the help we can get to get this insidious provision out of the global warming bill; can you help by getting some friends involved? You can just forward the sample letter below.
Spreading the word is critical, but please only pass this message along to those who know you -- spam hurts our campaign.
Thanks for all you do.
--The CREDO Action Team
Here's a sample message to send to your friends:
Subject: Remove the Trojan Horse from Global Warming Legislation
Your representative is about to vote on legislation designed to stop global warming. Unfortunately, members of the House who answer to the worst polluters have succeeded in including a Trojan Horse at the heart of the legislation - a prohibition on Obama's EPA being able to use the Clean Air Act to take additional action on CO2.
This little known, almost secret provision actually guarantees that the United States will fall short of doing what the scientists tell us must happen - a reduction of 80% of CO2 emissions from their 1990 level.
Mr. Obama ran for president on a very strong global warming platform which achieved the 80% reduction, launched a cap and trade market without giving away free permits to polluters, and set strong standards for boosting clean renewable energy. Special interests are warping his pledge almost beyond recognition.
But the worst and most important compromise - and the one most secret and hidden from view - is the crippling of EPA's powers. This is precisely what Newt Gingrich and the Republican-controlled House of the 1990s did to President Clinton's EPA from 1995 on. They simply prohibited EPA from enforcing many laws. We cannot let the House strip President Obama of his most powerful tool to stop global warming.
> I just signed a petition to tell my representative to stand up for President Obama's best weapon to fight global warming - the EPA. I hope you will, too. Please have a look and take action.
After years of delay and denial from past administrations, the Environmental Protection Agency is finally taking steps to declare that greenhouse gas emissions threaten the public's health and welfare.
The time has come for this action, and we need to encourage the EPA to move swiftly on it.
The EPA is proposing two historic findings under the Clean Air Act: that greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, endanger public health, and that emissions from motor vehicles contribute to climate change. This is a critical first step for the EPA to take in order to tackle climate change pollution.
The findings follow a decision by the Supreme Court which said the EPA has authority to regulate pollutants responsible for global warming under the Clean Air Act. Earthjustice argued the case at the appellate level in 2005.
While the EPA's current proposal is a necessary first step, there are additional steps the EPA can take, such as setting actual standards to regulate greenhouse gases, particularly from motor vehicles in the U.S., which contribute 4 percent of climate change emissions, and from other mobile sources such as ships and airplanes, which contribute another 4 percent.
We know that the EPA is hearing from polluters in the fossil fuel industry who want to keep the status quo, stop the EPA from moving forward, and protect their record-breaking profits. We can't let them go unchallenged.
Just a quick update on the vote for the war supplemental funding bill.
There was rumor that the House might vote today but since the leadership still does not have the votes, the vote has not been scheduled.
According to Democrats.com which is keeping a running head count on likely votes:
"All 178 House Republicans plan to vote against the $100 billion Iraq/AfPak War Supplemental to protest $5 billion for the International Monetary Fund. That means 39 Democratic opponents could defeat the bill. 36 Democrats promised to vote no, so we only need 3 more."
Only three more votes and the war funding bill can be stopped.
Please call your representative in the Congress and urge them to vote "no" on the war supplemental. Call 202-22....
Please take action now. Defeat of the war funding bill would be a tremendous victory for the anti-war movement and will push the Congress and White House to reconsider their plans and let them know how weak support for the war is in Congress and among the people.
Kevin Zeese Executive Director
We are resending this message due to a technical error with our service provider. Sorry for the confusion. Do not use the email letter form until further notice. Please take action by calling your representative at 202-22.... Thank You.
The ad lays out how threats to our economy, national security and environment are all connected to our national energy policies and how we've got to transition to a clean energy economy and create jobs right here in America.
Last month, the House Energy & Commerce Committee took a huge step towards jumpstarting our economy with clean energy jobs when they passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACE. Now, this legislation will be voted on as soon as next week in the House.
Passing this legislation will bring us closer than ever to truly putting us on a path to a clean energy future. But, Big Oil is doing everything in their power to derail this legislation. Will you contact your Member of Congress to insist that this bill is strengthened and passed?
This legislation will help both our economy and our planet by helping to create millions of jobs, reducing our dependence on oil, and cutting global warming pollution. To make sure the bill creates even more clean energy jobs, we would also like to see improvements in the bill that strengthen requirements and increase investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as preserve the Obama administration's ability to regulate dangerous pollutants.
But, Big Oil and their cohorts in Congress are stopping at nothing to keep us addicted to dirty energy. They are flooding the halls of Congress with misinformation, and we must counter their attacks.
Passing ACES legislation would jumpstart a clean energy economy by:
Supporting the development of new clean energy sources, such as wind, solar and geothermal, by requiring utilities to generate at least 20% of their electricity from renewable resources, with a portion met through efficiency by 2020;
Dramatically boosting energy efficiency in building, appliances, and homes, saving over $25 billion per year by 2030; and
Reducing global warming pollution by at least 17% by 2020 and 83% by 2050.
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