To assuage voter anger over mounting gas prices, Republican leaders in Congress offered Americans a paltry $100 rebate. To add insult to injury, the money was tied to drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
When voters balked at the bribe, talk turned to revoking the billions in subsidies Congress gave the oil industry last year. That went over like a lead zeppelin with Big Oil.
In truth, there's no quick fix for high gas prices. Instead, we need to cut our dependence on oil by making our cars and trucks go farther on a gallon of gas. New legislation sponsored by Rep. Boehlert (R-NY) and Markey (D-MA) would modernize fuel economy standards to start saving families money at the gas pump while cutting America's oil dependence.
Tell your representatives it's time to raise fuel economy standards!
Speaking of gas, did you ever stop to consider how much fuel was consumed getting last night's dinner to the table? It's a question Sierra magazine's Paul Rauber ponders in "Miles to Go Before You Eat," an instructive look at the distance our produce travels to get to market.
After you've checked it out, find out what delicious fruits and veggies are grown near you -- locate your local farmers market! (Just click on "Farmers Markets" and enter your zip code.)
Congratulations to all the staff of Sierra on winning a Maggie award from the Western Publications Association for the best public service article in 2005: "American Idylls" celebrated the Arctic, the Green Mountains, and the Gulf Coast in words and images, while urging readers to help protect them.
A soldier in fatigues, rifle slung over his shoulder, is standing on a truck, peering through binoculars. He's not looking for Iraqi insurgents. He's scoping a black-crowned night heron.
Add one to the life list.
Say hello to Sargeant Jonathan Trouren-Trend, a national guardsman who served a year-long tour in Iraq and blogged about his birdwatching adventures in the Sunni Triangle. Sierra Club Books has now published a book which the New Yorker described as a "slender, handsomely illustrated distillation" of that blog. To learn more about Birding Babylon, A Soldier's Journal from Iraq, read Tom Valtin's interview with Trouren-Trend.
In April, the U.S. Senate passed a unanimous resolution in support of "Endangered Species Day" to celebrate our nation's commitment to protecting and recovering endangered species. The Endangered Species Act has been the principle tool in that effort, but that hasn't stopped opponents from attacking it.
You can help help protect the Endangered Species Act by signing our petition. When you're done, spread the word to with an Endangered Species e-card.
Earlier this month, Minnesota joined Illinois and Michigan to become the third state this year to pass stricter mercury emission standards than are required by federal law. Idaho, too, has gotten in on the act: the state just passed a two-year moratorium on building any new mercury-emitting coal-fired power plants.
This is a great step in the right direction since mercury from those coal-burning power plants falls into lakes, streams, and oceans, and concentrates in fish and shellfish. Mercury contamination is especially dangerous for women of childbearing years because mercury exposure in the womb can cause neurological damage and other health problems in children.
Do you know enough to avoid toxic mercury? Take our quiz and test your "mercury I.Q." After, find out how to download our handy pocket guide to mercury-safe fish.
President Bush just keeps stalling on climate change, spewing more hot air even as the planet warms and sea levels rise. What will it take to make him face facts?
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