Polar bears, like the one at right, have been spotted carrying signs that say "save my home."
The bears have been seen mostly in the home districts of moderate Republican congressional representatives, who forced the House leadership to strip Arctic Refuge drilling from the budget-reconciliation bill. That's a big victory -- for the moment. A big round of applause for those Republican moderates who stood up to protect the Arctic Refuge and our coasts.
Although the House version of the budget currently doesn't contain Arctic drilling, it does still have a controversial provision that would allow a bargain-basement sell-off of vast tracks of public lands to mining companies, developers, and other special interests. And the Senate version still contains Arctic drilling.
The Republican moderates will soon be put to the test again, possibly this week, as the House and Senate work out their differences and bring another bill to the vote. Now is the time to contact your senators and representatives and urge them to reject any final budget bill that includes destructive mining provisions or drilling in the Arctic Refuge.
Cartoonist Ted Rall wonders what other sneaky strategies Congressional leaders will come up with to make Arctic drilling happen. Check out his ideas.
Your support, and that of our members and donors, made a tremendous difference this year -- and despite unprecedented assaults on the environment, we won some critical victories in 2005.
But the truth is, we expect 2006 to be even more critical for the environment and we need you with us. And so, for a limited time, we are inviting you to join the Sierra Club for just $15!
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Hockey is practically a national religion in Canada, so it shouldn't have come as a surprise to find a "Save Hockey" contingent among the many groups gathered in Montreal last week for an international global-warming meeting. The Sierra Club was there to applaud the almost 200 U.S. mayors who signed a climate-protection agreement in 2005. (See the Club's "Cool Cities" campaign.) Club President Lisa Renstrom deplored the Bush administration's decision to "sit on the sidelines." But Harlan Watson, the Administration's man in Montreal was succinct in his response to negotiating about international targets for greenhouse emissions: "The United States is opposed."
Read more in "Dispatches from the Summit" -- reports from Sierra Club activists in Montreal.
The countdown to the Sierra Club Chronicles TV series has begun. It will launch on Link TV on January 12, 2006. Produced by Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: The High Price of Low Cost, Outfoxed) in association with Sierra Club Productions, Chronicles captures the extraordinary efforts of diverse people across America all united in common cause -- the fight to protect their families, communities, and the lands and livelihoods they love from pollution, corporate greed, and short-sighted government policies.
The first of seven monthly Chronicles episodes is "9/11 Forgotten Heroes." These first responders answered the call to Ground Zero -- assured that the air was safe. Now years later they still suffer health problems and have to fight the government for health benefits. Read more on this and all the episodes at www.sierraclubtv.org and sign up to host a house party in January. A new program will broadcast the second Thursday of each month at 8:30 pm Eastern and Pacific through July 2006. Link Satellite TV can be found on DirecTV channel 375 and Dish Network channel 9410. Don't have satellite TV? We can send you a DVD.
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