Coalition Challenges Bush Air
On October 27, the Sierra Club joined 13 states, more than 20 cities, and
6 other environmental and public health groups to mount a legal challenge
administration’s weakening of the Clean Air Act. The administration
dismantled the New Source Review program, which requires the nation’s
oldest and dirtiest power plants and factories to install modern pollution-fighting
they make changes that increase the amount of pollution they are producing.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs argued that only Congress can make such significant
changes to the Clean Air Act.
For more information, go to sierraclub.org/cleanair.
Wal-Mart Day of Action: January 14, 2004
Join environmentalists, workers, labor activists, students, community activists,
and others in a nationwide day of action targeting Wal-Mart, the world's
largest retailer. Wal-Mart's poor land-use practices, which promote sprawl,
local businesses, and destroy downtowns, have led to communities across
the nation opposing new Wal-Mart stores. Wal-Mart has also come under intense
for its low wages, poor working conditions, and hostility to unions. Protest
activities are planned on January 14 in all 50 state capitals and other
To join with Sierra Club members in your area, go to www.walmartdayofaction.com.
Wildfire Bill Smokescreen for Increased Logging
As wildfires raged in Southern California, the Senate passed its version
of the Bush administration’s so-called Healthy Forests Initiative.
The Club opposed the Cochran-Wyden-Feinstein measure, saying it fails
to guarantee that resources
would be directed to the removal of small trees around homes and instead
allows more logging far in the backcountry. The bill, which now goes
to a conference
committee that will reconcile the Senate and House versions, would
also reduce citizen participation in forest management oversight. The
Sierra Club supports
instead a "community protection plan," which emphasizes fuel
reduction projects and "firewise" protections along the boundaries
of communities adjacent to forest lands. For more information, go to
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