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Nov 3, 2011

Mother Polar Bear and Cubs

Polar bears and oil don’t mix. Act now to protect wild lands from oil exploitation.

Make an emergency donation to The Wilderness Society today.

Does this make sense to you?

We taxpayers help pay for $10 billion in government subsidies to the oil, coal and natural gas industries each year.

Companies like Exxon Mobil and Shell are seeing a robust increase in profits. Exxon Mobil just reported quarterly earnings of $10.3 billion, a surge of 41% from last year and Shell's net income rose to $6.98 billion from $3.46 billion in the same period in 2010.

These companies then turn around and spend more than $100 million on Washington lobbyists to protect their subsidies and lobby for more drilling. In 2010, that paid for 802 oil and gas lobbyists.

And then, those lobbyists, in the name of energy independence, demand that we open up millions of acres of pristine American lands and wildlife habitat, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to drilling.

Not on our watch.

Help us stop this outrage and protect the wild. Please make an emergency donation to The Wilderness Society today.

We don’t have 800 lobbyists, but we have someone much better -- you. The Wilderness Society is half a million strong. Our scientists and other wilderness experts work in Washington and with local communities from coast to coast. Our Wild Alerts online community mobilizes thousands of messages to Congress and other decision makers each week.

We’ve faced numerous attacks on America’s natural legacy before, and we’ve won. We’re confident that wilderness-loving Americans can break this cycle of greed and protect our wild lands and waters from these recent attacks as well. We can protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and its vast populations of polar bears and other threatened animals. We can stop the risky drilling in Arctic waters where whales, walruses and other marine mammals make their homes, and where Alaska Natives have survived using these marine resources for thousands of years.

And that’s just one example of American places we must stand up to protect.

We can defeat the deep pockets of oil, but we need your help. Your urgent donation will help us rebuff the latest efforts to plunder America's wild.

As always, we are deeply grateful for all you do.

Sincerely,

Bill Meadows
President


The Wilderness Society
202.833.2300 
1615 M St, NW, Washington, DC 20036
www.wilderness.org

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Posted: Nov 3, 2011 10:52am
Sep 14, 2010
Victory Fund

 

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At a moment when we needed bold environmental leadership…the Dirty Dozen gave us obstruction.

Give to the LCV Victory Fund before September 20 and bounce them from office.

I wonder what it will take to finally get America to wake up and pass comprehensive clean energy and climate change legislation.

I thought we would finally see landmark environmental change this year. But what did we get from the U.S. Senate? Nothing.  

I’m convinced we need more focus on key solutions -- like electing new leaders. Leaders who will again pick up the fight for strong climate policies that crack down on corporate polluters and transition us to a clean energy economy.

Will you join me? Click here to help bring down the Dirty Dozen so we can continue working to pass laws that protect the environment.  Contribute to the LCV Victory Fund today.

In July, we learned that the U.S. Senate wouldn’t take up comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation before their summer recess, likely dooming its chances this year. Then the Senate left town without even voting on a bill to hold BP responsible for the catastrophe in the Gulf.

An unquestionably broad majority supports moving to clean energy and addressing climate change. But again and again, Big Oil, Dirty Coal and their allies in Congress, led by the Republican leadership stand stubbornly in the way of progress. 

They have polluted the halls of Congress long enough. 

Because of their obstruction, we’re sending $1 billion overseas to buy oil every single day.  Because of their defiance, we have more pollution but fewer green jobs.  Because they’ve been bought by the special interests, Big Oil and Dirty Coal’s cronies in Congress have more to say about U.S. energy policy than you or I.

But we can fix this, Eric. We don’t have to tolerate this attack on our energy future.  Election Day 2010 gives us our chance to bring to U.S. Senate new environmental champions – like Paul Hodes, Robin Carnahan and Joe Sestak – who will fight for the laws we need to protect the planet. 

When it comes to educating the public about environmental issues, no one runs a better program than the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund.  I can assure you that your gift will be a sound investment in a shrewd strategy and the most state-of-the-art campaign tactics.  But in order to have all the pieces in place, all the money needs to be in the door by September 20. 

Give to the LCV Victory Fund today and contribute to an early retirement for the Dirty Dozen.

This is an opportunity to finally break the vice grip that the Big Polluters have on our environmental laws.  Together, we can make an impact.

Sincerely,

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Robert Redford

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Posted: Sep 14, 2010 8:12am
Jun 5, 2010
Coal Use and CO2 Emissions Projected to Rise By More Than 50% By 2035 
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The world's hunger for energy is insatiable, according to the most recent Energy Outlook published by The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
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Posted: Jun 5, 2010 12:38pm
Dec 6, 2009
Earthjustice EventsWaste Deep in Coal AshRSVP!View of the ash spill left over from the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant retention pond failure near Harriman, Tennessee (Credit: Brian Stansberry).

"Wondering what is coal ash? Interested in what is being done about the threat coal ash poses to our drinking water supplies?RSVP to our online chat today!

Coal ash is the leftover waste from coal-fired power plants. Over 129 million tons are created each year, enough for coal ash to flow over Niagara Falls for three days straight! Coal ash contains arsenic, mercury, chromium and a slurry of other highly toxic pollutants. It is often dumped into huge ponds or unlined landfills and there are nearly 600 of these sites located in 35 states. But despite the obvious threat to public health and the environment, the Environmental Protection Agency has not set strong rules for the disposal of coal ash and ensure this health threat stays out of our drinking water supplies.

To find out what Earthjustice is doing about this problem, join Earthjustice Campaign Director Jared Saylor in an online chat and he'll answer your questions.

EVENT DETAILS Event:Waste Deep in Coal AshDate:Thursday, December 10th, 2009Time:11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ETLocation:Your computerRSVP:Click to RSVP!"

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My comment;

Coal is one of our cheap forms of energy, making up a huge portion of electricity generation.

When you turn on your lights, chances are, coal is making it happen, unless you CHOOSE

to sign up for GREEN, pollution free power. Every person using power is generating this waste, 

both in the air, in the water, oceans, rivers and lakes, as well as soil. Coal toxins including 

mercury poison all life on the planet, making it more acid and poisonous day by day...

We are slowly strangling all life on the planet in order to keep power on in our homes and factories.

That is a fact... Now, what is each of us WILLING to do to change this fact? 

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Posted: Dec 6, 2009 8:41am
Jul 28, 2009

Dear MoveOn member,

The New York Times just wrote an incredibly important editorial. Did you see it?

In it, they called on the Senate to save the Clean Air Act from an underhanded attack: a loophole in the energy bill that removes President Obama's authority to clean up existing coal plants. 

"The older, dirtiest [coal] plants...simply cannot be let off the hook," the Times wrote.1

If we don't do something, the coal industry is likely to win this battle.

Several key senators are already speaking out on this issue. But to get the rest to stand up to the coal industry, we need to let them know we're paying attention and demanding action.We're aiming to get 200,000 petition signatures in the next week and then hand-deliver them when senators are home for their August recess. 

Can you click here to sign your name?

http://pol.moveon.org/cleanairact

The petition says: "Congress must not repeal the Clean Air Act provision that requires President Obama to crack down on dirty coal plants." 

Without this important Clean Air Act provision, President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency will have to halt recent efforts toward cracking down on the global warming pollution from dirty coal plants.2
And if Congress eliminates this part of the Clean Air Act, they'll let old, dirty coal plants off the hook for their pollution—and it could pave the way for the construction of over 100 new coal plants in communities across the country.3
In short, as long as Big Coal dominates our politics and our energy grid, wind and solar power won't be able to compete on a level playing field. That's terrible news for the climate and the economy, because wind and solar create more than twice as many jobs as coal and oil.4
That's why we need the Senate to save the Clean Air Act and open the door to the clean energy economy of the future. Can you tell the Senate to save the Clean Air Act? Clicking here will add your name:

http://pol.moveon.org/cleanairact/

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Adam, Steven, Justin, and the rest of the team

Sources: 

1. "Climate Loopholes," The New York Times, July 22, 2009  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/22/opinion/22wed11.html

2. "Climate endangerment finding clears White House review," The New York Times, April 14, 2009 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51624&id=16672-8424909-zSxHjgx&t=5

"Climate change legislation now faces senate heat," Albany Times Union, July 12, 2009 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51623&id=16672-8424909-zSxHjgx&t=6

3. Memo on Clean Air Act authority, Pawa Law, July 2, 2009 [PDF] 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51620&id=16672-8424909-zSxHjgx&t=7

4. "Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy," Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, September 2008 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51621&id=16672-8424909-zSxHjgx&t=8 

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