Environment

Has Toyota No Shame?

- for the Grateful Web

The same car company that put the world's best-selling hybrid on the road is now asking Congress to drive America's energy future into a brick wall.

Toyota has sold more than one million Prius hybrids to environmentally conscious consumers who want to do the right thing for our planet. 

But, incredibly, the company is now forsaking us by opposing the first improvement in U.S. fuel economy standards in nearly 20 years!

Please tell Toyota to get back in gear by supporting a measure that guarantees a fuel economy standard of 35 miles per gallon by 2020 for cars and light trucks.

Congress is negotiating an energy bill right now that could do just that - and save America 1.2 million barrels of oil each day by 2020, more than we import from Saudi Arabia.

But the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers - the powerful lobbying group that includes Toyota - is claiming that a 35 m.p.g. average for cars and trucks is "unattainable."

Go tell the maker of the 50-m.p.g. Prius to get out of reverse!

Help block drilling in Colorado wildlife refuge

- for the Grateful Web

Two giant energy companies are pushing to drill exploratory oil and gas wells up to 14,000 feet beneath Colorado's spectacular Baca National Wildlife Refuge.

Two giant energy companies are pushing to drill exploratory oil and gas wells up to 14,000 feet beneath Colorado's spectacular Baca National Wildlife Refuge.

We need your immediate action to block this destructive drilling scheme, which could pave the way for massive industrialization of this natural treasure.

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/takeaction and urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to halt the Baca oil and gas project until a thorough study of its potentially devastating environmental impacts is carried out.

The Baca refuge is an important calving ground for deer and elk and provides a natural sanctuary to threatened or endangered wildlife, including the bald eagle, greater sandhill crane and mountain plover. World-class archeological sites dating back some 11,500 years have been found nearby.

The proposed drilling project threatens to transform this irreplaceable wildland into an industrial zone of drill pads and roads - contaminating air, land and waterways and unleashing a barrage of drilling-related traffic and noise. Even the adjacent Great Sand Dunes National Park could be at risk.

Energy companies currently own the rights to any oil and gas reserves beneath the refuge. But the Bush administration has the authority to block reckless and destructive industrialization on these lands.

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/takeaction and demand that the Fish and Wildlife Service protect the Baca National Wildlife Refuge from the far-reaching impacts of oil and gas drilling.

Thank you for helping to protect our last remaining Rocky Mountain wildlife habitats.

Global Warming, Has Congress Flunked Out?

Global Warming 101
I'm not going back to school this fall, but maybe Congress should.

The problem of global warming is a no-brainer. Human activities on Earth are causing the planet to warm up - and that's bad news for everyone.

So why do our leaders seem to be failing Global Warming 101? This is no time to be sitting in the corner with a dunce cap on!

It's time for us to do a little tutoring, and teach Congress how to improve its grade. Global warming is the most important subject they face, and if they fail, we all lose.

So I've got a little homework assignment for YOU. Dust off your keyboard and remove those cobwebs from your dictionary. Let's keep global warming front and center. Congress needs to understand that, "We, the People" want strong leadership and solutions.

Take Action - Write a Letter to the Editor

Write a letter-to-the-editor in your local paper to help spread the word. Get your name in print while helping to save the planet. It's a win-win situation. Our letter-to-the-editor tool is easy to use. You'll be able to pick local papers and choose talking points from a drag and drop menu.

When it comes to stopping global warming - we can't afford to miss the bus - it's too important.

For the planet,

Samantha Rodgers
Global Warming Campaigner


Save the Dugongs
What do you do when you have only 12 individuals of an endangered species left in a country? Well, according to the U.S. military, you destroy their last remaining habitat and ensure their demise. That's what the U.S. Marines are proposing to do in Japan, home to a cousin of the manatee called the dugong. The military is planning to pave over a coral reef on Okinawa Island to build an airplane landing strip and expand its airbase.

Take Action! Tell Japan to say NO to the marines, because airplanes don't belong in coral reefs.

Time is running out for the dugong and thousands of other creatures, including three species of threatened sea turtles, who call the reef and the adjacent seagrass bed home. But it's not too late.

Right now, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the airbase site is open for public comment. It's crucial that you tell the Japanese government to put a stop to the plan for airbase expansion in Okinawa. And please, be sure to tell your friends to write too.

The local people of Okinawa have protested these plans successfully for years, but now they need your support too. Please, help save the dugong!

Your friend,

John Hocevar
Oceans Campaigner


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Hot Seat Success!

We'd like to send a BIG thanks to everyone who came out and participated in Hot Seat Congressional delivery events last month. Your help made this event a smashing success. There were 370 events in 80% of U.S. Congressional districts. As one activist put it, "I walked away feeling really good about the situation and happy to have been able to help voice the importance of this issue." See other activist events by checking out our photo gallery.

E-cards and Wallpaper

Haven't been to the Greenpeace website in a while? Well, you've been missing out on some great new action e-cards and wallpaper like the dugong one above.

Help Save Alaska's Tongass National Forest

Tongass Forest - help stop clear-cutting- for the Grateful Web

We need your urgent action to make sure that Congress stands firm against taxpayer subsidies for destroying America's greatest temperate rainforest.

 

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/tongass/takeaction right now and tell your senators and representative to protect the Tongass, a thriving habitat for grizzly bears, salmon runs, bald eagles and the elusive Alexander Archipelago wolf.

 

Thanks to pressure from you and other online activists, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in June to halt taxpayer subsidies for destructive new logging roads in Alaska's Tongass National Forest.

 

But Alaska's senior senator, Ted Stevens, is now working feverishly behind closed doors to make sure that this long-overdue legislation never sees the light of day. And he's drafting his own, underhanded, amendment to restrict sharply the public's ability to halt wasteful and devastating Tongass logging in court.

Over the last 25 years, more than 1 billion taxpayer dollars have been spent to clearcut and build roads through this irreplaceable BioGem.

 

NRDC activists like you have spoken out again and again against these wasteful handouts, which have enabled timber companies to expand their reach into the unspoiled heart of America's rainforest.

 

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/tongass/takeaction and demand that House and Senate negotiators stand up to Senator Stevens and his destructive logging-road subsidies in the Tongass!

 

Thank you for helping to defend this priceless rainforest refuge for imperiled Alaskan wildlife.

Help block Power Plant on Navajo Lands

Northwestern New Mexico- for the Grateful Web

Please speak out now against plans for a dirty, coal-fired power plant in New Mexico that would release mercury and other toxic contaminants into the environment, pollute waterways and threaten human health.

Go to http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/takeaction right away and tell the Bush administration to reject the proposed Desert Rock power plant.

A global energy company and the Dine Power Authority want to build the plant on the eastern edge of the Navajo Nation in northwestern New Mexico.

The Four Corners region is already home to two of the most polluting power plants in the country. If we don't act now, this area could soon be besieged by a new wave of environmental hazards.

In addition to mercury, the proposed Desert Rock plant would increase emissions of soot and soot-forming pollutants, which can cause asthma attacks, heart disease and other health problems.

Furthermore, the Navajo Nation would receive less than five percent of the projected electricity output from Desert Rock, even though many Navajo people still have no electricity in their homes. Most of the power would likely be exported to Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Last month, NRDC Members and online activists turned out at public hearings in Albuquerque and Santa Fe to oppose the Desert Rock plant, which would significantly increase global warming pollution in New Mexico at a time when states should be working to curb these dangerous emissions.

Please add your voice to this outcry. Go to http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/takeaction right away and tell the Bush administration to reject the proposed Desert Rock power plant and instead develop new initiatives that focus on energy efficiency and clean, renewable
energy solutions.

Thank you for helping to protect the environment of New Mexico and the Four Corners region.

Protect Utah's White River Wilderness

- for the Grateful Web

The Bush administration is poised to approve a plan for 60 new gas wells - and a maze of roads and pipelines - in the spectacular White River wilderness in northeastern Utah.

We need your immediate online action to block this attack. The deadline to register your opposition to this destructive proposal is Monday!

Go here to and tell the Bureau of Land Management to study the full potential impacts on the White River wilderness and adjacent wildlands before considering this reckless scheme.

Last year, our BioGems Defenders sent nearly 33,000 messages protesting a BLM analysis that failed to acknowledge the devastating effects of putting new gas wells in this unique western wilderness. The agency's latest study is no better.

If drilled, these wells would be some of the first on lands that the BLM says are worthy of strict wilderness protections.

The towering sandstone cliffs and deep canyons of the White River region - part of our Redrock Wilderness BioGem - are a refuge for deer, elk, antelope, waterfowl and golden eagles. According to the BLM, "The spectacular scenery of the White River provides a dramatic backdrop for the hiker, rafter, canoeist, for fishing enthusiasts who visit this unique area."

Over the past few years, the BLM has approved the construction of roads, pipelines and compressor stations to the north, east and west of the White River wilderness. But it has never examined the cumulative impacts of this development on the region's natural values.

Go here to take action and urge the BLM not to rush headlong into approving this destructive drilling plan.

Thank you for all of your help in protecting Utah's fragile redrock canyonlands.

Stop Shell's Arctic Drilling This Month - Before It Starts

Save the Artic Wildlife Refuge!- for the Grateful Web

The Bush Administration is opening the back door to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by allowing Shell to start drilling off its spectacular coastline this month.

 

NRDC needs your immediate help to go to court, slam that door shut and throw away the key. Because if we don't, we'll be leaving the Arctic Refuge and its wildlife vulnerable to a disaster that could be more devastating than the Exxon Valdez.

 

Please make a donation to stop Shell by going here.

 

It would take just one oil spill on the icebound Beaufort Sea that borders the Arctic Refuge to create a long-term toxic waste site. That's because the oil industry has no proven method for cleaning up oil in icy water!

 

Shell is planning to start its exploratory drilling within weeks. We need your immediate support to wage and win this federal case in defense of the Arctic Refuge and the wildlife that depend on it for survival.

 

You can help to stop Shell by clicking here.

 

A worst-case spill in the Beaufort Sea sends shivers down the spine of anyone who knows the appalling record of toxic spills by Big Oil in the Arctic.

 

And make no mistake: an oil spill off the coast of the Arctic Refuge is all but assured. The Bush Administration's own experts have predicted that drilling in the Beaufort will lead to at least one oil spill.

 

That spill would likely spread into the migratory routes of the endangered bowhead whale...blanket the shores of the Arctic Refuge where polar bears give birth...and impact hundreds of thousands of migratory birds.

 

The death toll of oil-soaked and poisoned whales, seals, polar bears and shore birds would be unimaginable.

 

There's still time to stop this disaster in the making, but NRDC is going to need your most generous support right away.

 

With your financial help, we can win this case - because the Administration's approval of Shell's drilling is a brazen violation of our country's environmental laws.

 

Please stand with NDRC right now in defense of the Arctic Refuge.

Tell Congress to say "No" to huge subsidies for the coal industry

Say ''NO'' to coal subsidies!- for the Grateful Web

As several energy bills make their way through Congress, the coal industry is pushing for huge subsidies and mandates to transform millions of tons of coal into transportation fuels. The process to make this "liquid coal" is an expensive, inefficient one that produces large amounts of global warming pollution and precludes it from being a sound option to reduce America's dependence on oil.

Relying on liquid coal as an alternative to oil could nearly double global warming pollution per gallon of transportation fuel. For example, using liquid coal fuel in a Honda Civic would produce the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions as operating a Hummer H3 on conventional gasoline. Moreover, large-scale use of liquid coal would increase coal mining's devastating effects on communities and ecosystems stretching from Appalachia to the Rocky Mountains, including polluted air and water, ravaged landscapes and a dismal record of worker safety.

Although we can produce cleaner and less expensive alternatives to oil, Congress is nevertheless poised to lavish huge taxpayer subsidies to help get a polluting liquid coal industry off the ground instead of investing that money in options that would put us on a path to a cleaner, more secure energy future.

What to do:
Send a message urging your senators and representative to oppose any legislation that promotes liquid coal fuels.

NDRC Kicks Off Fight to Protect Gray Wolves

Protect the Gray Wolves!- for the Grateful Web

The Bush Administration has just issued a disastrous "License to Kill" plan that could trigger the extermination of half the gray wolves in Wyoming and Idaho, starting as early as October - unless we stop it now.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comments on this cruel proposal only until August 6. Please register your opposition right now by clicking here to submit an Official Citizen Comment.

Our best hope for blocking this "open fire" order is to generate a tidal wave of public outrage and protest...so please sign your Citizen Comment immediately.

The Bush Administration wants to treat wolves like vermin, instead of an endangered species that has staged a welcome and dramatic comeback from the brink of extinction.

In preparation for these mass killings, the government has already purchased planes and helicopters capable of gunning down entire packs of wolves in minutes.

Their goal: To immediately kill up to 700 wolves in Greater Yellowstone and central Idaho.

Our goal: To stop this horrific proposal in its tracks - by generating 200,000 pro-wolf Citizen Comments by the August 6 deadline.

Can we do it? I'm certain of it. Only three months ago, online activists like you sent more than 137,000 Citizen Comments protesting the Bush Administration's plan to remove Greater Yellowstone's wolves from the endangered species list.

But even before that battle has been decided, the Bush Administration is upping the ante by declaring open season on wolves.

Simply put, they will allow the slaughter to begin while wolves are still on the Endangered Species list!

The administration wants to be able to kill wolves anywhere that elk herd numbers may be affected by wolves. It is focusing on areas where elk herds are smaller than the states want.

But those few cases of declines in elk herds have been caused by a combination of factors including habitat destruction, drought and human hunting - not just by wolves. And in most areas of the northern Rockies, elk numbers are at all-time highs!

Please block this new License to Kill by expressing your personal opposition while the Bush Administration is still taking public input.

Submit your Official Citizen Comment now - and shield the wolves of Greater Yellowstone and Idaho from the coming crossfire.

Baby Gray Whale "Thank You" Campaign

Gray Whale and baby in Baja, Mexico- for the Grateful Web

When scores of baby gray whales are born in Baja's magnificent San Ignacio Lagoon this coming winter, their nursery will be one step closer to being fully protected against industrialization.

Thanks to Mexican President Felipe Calderon, 109,000 acres of federal land surrounding the whale nursery were recently designated for conservation.

I'm sure you agree that President Calderon and his administration should be applauded for defending wildlands and wildlife in the face of powerful economic interests.

That's why I'm asking you to join me in thanking the Mexican president right now by sending him an online message at http://www.savebiogems.org/baja/action1

 

Your message of thanks is critical. We want President Calderon to register strong support from all across North America for his visionary policy, because the fight to save the whale's nursery is still far from over.

Despite NRDC's stunning victory in 2000 that stopped Mitsubishi from industrializing the lagoon with the world's largest saltworks, San Ignacio Lagoon is still vulnerable to plans for oil and gas drilling ... massive high-rise hotels and resort marinas ... and ocean-bound ship traffic.

That's why it's so urgent that we press ahead with our ambitious plan to permanently protect all one million acres of land surrounding the lagoon.

Thanks to the generosity of NRDC Members and online activists like you, our conservation alliance has already secured permanent protection for 140,000 acres of communal and private lands. When you add in the government's 109,000 acres, we have succeeded in putting 249,000 acres off-limits to industry and developers forever.

 

We're a quarter of the way to our one-million-acre goal - in just two years!

 

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/baja/action1 right now and express your appreciation to the President of Mexico for defending San Ignacio Lagoon.

And thank you for supporting our campaign to surround this last unspoiled gray whale nursery with a million acres of protection.