presidential debate dust settles, Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope writes in his weblog about
what last week's face-offs can tell us about the difference between Bush and Kerry on the environment. (Check out Carl this week on the nationally broadcast NPR program "Justice Talking" for a segment on environmental law and policy - "The Future of the Environment.")
Also last week, the Sierra Club polled environmental voters about what
they would ask Bush and Kerry in a town hall debate. The number-one question: How would the candidates propose to curb
global warming? Other top queries: Whether they support transferring the burden of toxic cleanup from polluters to taxpayers?
And should the government base energy policy on secret meetings with energy industry lobbyists?
Six years ago, developers
along Alabama's gulf coast were forced to set their luxury condos farther back from the surf in order to protect the dune
habitat of the endangered Alabama beach mouse. They fought a
legal challenge mounted on behalf of the mouse by the Sierra Club's Alabama Chapter -- but lost.
But when Hurricane Ivan tore ashore in late September, the wider beach front kept the developers from losing everything.
"Thank God for the beach mouse," civil engineering professor Scott Douglass told the Birmingham News.
"The developers hate that thing, but it saved their developments."
The Bush administration's energy plan would increase our planet's increasingly dangerous dependence on oil -- while paying only lip service to energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Sierra Club, working with the Apollo Alliance, has a plan to create 3 million new jobs by aggressively pursuing energy efficiency and developing wind and solar energy. The administration's ideas are -- well, they're out of this world, as you can see in this online video called Mission 2 Mars.
The new documentary film Oil on Ice offers a more in-depth look at the pitfalls of the administration's energy policy. The film contrasts the stunning wildlife and wildplaces of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with the numbing controversy over U.S. energy policy that continues to put this region at risk. A limited number of free DVDs (which includes an "activist toolkit" to help you get involved in the issues highlighted in the film) are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Need a last-minute reminder of exactly what the Bush
administration has done for the past four years? Check out SIERRA magazine's list of more than 300 crimes against nature.
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