Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., one of the featured speakers at Sierra Summit 2005, delivers about 100 speeches a year, and when he talks about corporate accountability, he says he gets the same response in red states as blue, except for one thing -- "Red-state voters are always asking, 'How come I haven't heard this before?'"
In an interview with the Sierra Club's Tom Valtin, he lambasts the media for shirking its responsibility. "Eighty percent of Republicans are Democrats who don't know what's going on," he says. Find out more about why Kennedy supports reinstating the Fairness Doctrine and sees a sea change in regard to global-warming consciousness, and check out our interviews with other Summit speakers like comedian Bill Maher and filmmaker Ric Burns.
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This year's low return of spring chinook salmon in the Columbia and Snake Rivers has been devastating for Northwest tribal, sport, and commercial fisheries. So Federal Court Judge James Redden's May 27 ruling against the Bush administration's salmon recovery plan for these two rivers is a desperately needed victory for salmon. In many places along the rivers, fishing was closed down almost as soon as it was opened. Boats are in dock, river guides are idle, and millions of dollars destined for river communities won't be realized this year.
Redden, finding for plaintiff Earthjustice, said the plan is legally flawed in four different respects. The same judge ruled in 2003 that an earlier Bush administration plan was illegal, ordering it replaced, and now has ruled the replacement plan illegal as well. Now he is considering a request from Earthjustice to establish specific protections for migrating Columbia and Snake River salmon this summer. Find out more on this victory at the Sierra Club Website.
About ten years ago, shortly after she moved back to the United States from Mexico, with her husband and young child, Lisa Renstrom went to a Sierra Club new members meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. She fit right in, and after a few meetings she says, "all of a sudden I was group political chair, even though most of my experience was with Mexican politics." Fast forward to May 2005: Renstrom is elected the Sierra Club's 51st president.
The Sierra Club may be 750,000 strong but, as president, Renstrom wants to focus the organization on enlisting our friends and neighbors, even those who may, at first glance, disagree with us. The key, she says, is to "listen to what turns them on, find the seed of sameness, and build on that. It might be children's health, fiscal responsibility, or caring for God's creation." Learn more about Lisa Renstrom's background and challenges ahead at the Sierra Club's Website.
In rural communities, in construction and many other trades, and for small businesses everywhere, the pickup truck is an essential tool with countless practical uses. Unfortunately, pickup trucks get some of the worst fuel economy of any vehicle on the road. With gas prices hitting record highs over the past year, pickup truck owners, like Gary Turney, at right, from DeMossville, Kentucky, have become painfully aware of this.
Good news: Automakers can use existing technology to improve the fuel economy of pickup trucks without sacrificing power or safety. Bad news: They're not. Find out how much money and pollution would be saved if automakers built better trucks using readily available fuel-saving technology.
This week, the Senate is expected to vote on the nomination of Janice Rogers Brown to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Help the Sierra Club defeat the nomination of Brown, whose avowed hostility to federal regulation poses a threat to clean air and clean water standards.
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