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Tell President Obama to protect our oceans, coasts & Great Lakes

We've known for years that our oceans are in trouble, struggling under the strain of oil drilling, pollution and overfishing. More recently, scientists have learned that rising amounts of carbon dioxide from burning fuels reacts with seawater to form an acid that dissolves sea shells. This process, called ocean acidification, makes it more difficult for any shelled creature in the ocean to survive and threatens the stability of marine food webs worldwide.

Healthy marine and Great Lakes systems regulate our climate and provide us with food, jobs and recreational opportunities. Protecting and restoring them to health now is made all the more urgent because of global warming: the healthier these systems are, the better able they will be to withstand the additional stress imposed by ocean acidification and other harmful effects from global warming pollution.

Part of the challenge in addressing the various problems facing our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes is that they are currently governed by more than 140 laws and 20 different agencies, each with different goals and often conflicting mandates. Like the Clean Air Act for our air, and the Clean Water Act for our water, we need a national policy for our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.

Earlier this summer, the Obama administration announced that it would develop a unifying national policy and framework to effectively manage the increasing amount of industrial pressure on our seas, coasts and Great Lakes, and is now collecting public comment on what that policy should look like. Protecting, maintaining and restoring the health of our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes must be the core focus of a national policy, which should be formalized in an executive order from the president.

 
What to do:
Send a message urging President Obama to issue an executive order formally establishing a national policy to protect, maintain and restore the health of our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.



Tell the EPA to protect us from global warming

At long last, the Environmental Protection Agency is on the verge of recognizing that global warming pollution leads to killer heat waves, stronger hurricanes, higher smog levels and many other threats to our health and environment. In April, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson proposed an "endangerment determination" under the Clean Air Act -- a finding that carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping air pollutants "may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare."

Then in May, flanked by automakers, governors and environmentalists, President Obama ordered the EPA to follow up the endangerment proposal with standards to reduce global warming pollution from new cars and trucks -- standards that would save consumers billions of dollars at the pump even as they protect the planet. We can cut global warming pollution from our vehicles, as well as from our power plants and other sources, by using renewable and cleaner energy sources and by using energy more efficiently.

But powerful groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are trying to thwart the EPA's efforts to finalize the proposal and adopt standards to cut vehicle pollution. If these industry interests succeed, we will lose this valuable opportunity to help our economy recover, create millions of green jobs, save consumers billions of dollars and cut our dangerous dependence on foreign oil.

The EPA is accepting public comments on its proposal through June 23rd.

What to do:
 
Send a message, before the June 23rd comment deadline, urging EPA Administrator Jackson to adopt the proposed endangerment finding and issue strong standards for reducing global warming pollution.

Help protect Wyoming's last unspoiled wildlands

Wyoming- for the Grateful Web

If the Bush administration gets its way, Wyoming's spectacular Fortification Creek Area will soon be sacrificed to a massive drilling scheme.

We need your immediate action to halt this destructive plan in its tracks. The deadline for submitting comments on the plan is October 7!

Please go to: http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/takeaction right away and tell the Bureau of Land Management to reject this proposal, which would allow as many as 600 coalbed methane wells in the heart of Wyoming's remaining wildlands.

The Fortification Creek Area - containing over 42,000 acres of public wildlands - represents the last pristine oasis in Wyoming's Powder River Basin, which is already blanketed by coalbed methane wells.

Most importantly, the Fortification Creek region provides critical winter range and calving grounds for an isolated prairie elk herd of only 230 animals. If adopted, the Bush administration's plan has the potential to decimate the entire elk population.

The Fortification Creek Area is also home to pronghorn, bobcats, mountain lions, and over 200 species of migratory birds. Opening these lands to gas drilling would spoil a pristine water source for wildlife, cause irreversible soil and vegetation damage, and destroy outdoor recreational opportunities.

Please go to: http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/takeaction and urge Bush administration officials to protect Wyoming's Fortification Creek

Help protect Utah's spectacular Nine Mile Canyon

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If the Bush administration and a Denver-based natural gas company get their way, Utah's remarkable Nine Mile Canyon may soon be transformed into a massive industrial zone.

We need your immediate action to halt this destructive scheme in its tracks. The deadline for submitting comments on the plan is May 1!

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/redrock/takeaction right away and tell the Bureau of Land Management to reject this disastrous proposal, which would put more than 800 new natural gas wells in the Greater Nine Mile Canyon area - home to the greatest concentration of rock art sites in America.

The BLM has just released a study that grossly underestimates the impacts of proposed natural gas development on the region's irreplaceable cultural and natural values.

The plan calls for drilling non-federal wells in Nine Mile Canyon itself, along with dozens if not hundreds of wells in side canyons and other public wildlands now being considered for designation as a national historic district.

Nearly 200 wells would be drilled in the remarkable wilderness-quality lands of the Desolation and Jack canyons.

As a result of existing natural gas drilling in the Nine Mile Canyon region, compressor stations already run nonstop and dozens if not hundreds of heavy trucks hustle up and down the canyon around the clock.

Yet despite the serious threat of expanding these activities into the Desolation and Jack Canyon wildlands, the Bureau of Land Management has failed to propose protection for them as "wilderness study areas."

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/redrock/takeaction and urge Bush administration officials to protect the natural and cultural values of Nine Mile Canyon.

Thank you for taking action to safeguard this vital stretch of America's Redrock Wilderness.

Help Protect the Polar Bears!

he is sticking his tounge out at Bush!- for the Grateful Web

The next few weeks may well be our single best chance to stave off an unthinkable future: a world without polar bears.

To avert that tragedy, NRDC must be fully prepared - in the midst of this holiday season - to launch swift courtroom action on behalf of this imperiled species.

That's why we're asking you to make an instant holiday donation - because the next 19 days are critical to the polar bear's very survival: http://www.nrdconline.org/ct/a1AN6491fu9x/

Any day now, the Bush Administration will make its final decision about whether to protect the bear and its critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act.

No matter what the Administration decides, NRDC must be ready to fight a major legal battle:

If the Administration says NO to polar bear protection, then NRDC will immediately challenge that disastrous decision in federal court.

But even if the Administration says YES to polar bear protection, their decision will almost certainly fail to safeguard the bear's "critical habitat" against the global warming pollution that is destroying it. That means NRDC will have to fight in court to win those safeguards for the polar bear's habitat.

I'm sure you'll agree - with the future of polar bears in the hands of the anti-wildlife Bush Administration, we must be ready to respond instantly during this holiday season.

So please, click here to make your tax-deductible holiday donation right now so NRDC can take immediate courtroom action for the sake of polar bear survival: http://www.nrdconline.org/ct/a1AN6491fu9x/

We're counting on your swift and generous support - because delay could be fatal to the polar bear.

With your help, NRDC will be working through the holidays to give the polar bear a fighting chance against extinction.

Help Protect Arctic Breeding Ground

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The Bush administration is renewing its attempt to sacrifice the fragile Teshekpuk Lake region of Alaska's Western Arctic Reserve to oil and gas drilling.

 

NRDC needs your immediate help to block this assault, which would allow drilling in one of the most sensitive and important Arctic wildlife habitats as early as next summer.

 

Go to http://www.nrdconline.org/campaign/biogems_westernarctic_0711 right away and tell the Bush administration to safeguard the entire Teshekpuk Lake region - an area protected by four previous administrations due to its extraordinary importance to wildlife.

 

Eight-seven percent of the northeastern portion of the Western Arctic Reserve has already been handed over to the oil industry.

 

Nevertheless, the Bush administration announced a plan two years ago to lease every last acre of the fragile Teshekpuk Lake area - defying more than 200,000 citizen comments, warnings from biologists and wildlife managers and objections from Alaska Natives on the North Slope.

 

In response, NRDC and our partners went to court and won a temporary injunction that halted the lease sale just days before it was due to take place. In the wake of that legal setback, the Bush administration conducted an additional review of the environmental impacts of oil and gas development, but has now resumed its push for leasing.

 

Thanks to our courtroom victory, the Bush administration must seek public comment before moving forward with its latest proposal to sacrifice the calving grounds of the 45,000-animal Teshekpuk Lake caribou herd. This region also provides a refuge for tens of thousands of molting geese and threatened birds like the spectacled eider and yellow-billed loon.

 

Please go to http://www.nrdconline.org/campaign/biogems_westernarctic_0711 and speak out in defense of this priceless wildlife sanctuary.

 

Thank you for helping to protect America's Arctic from reckless industrialization.

Protect Utah's White River Wilderness

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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.

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.

Bush's Logic - Protect the Homeland - DON'T PRESERVE IT

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"It's clearly a budget," President Bush once said, "It's got a lot of numbers in it." The problem is there just aren't nearly enough numbers in the president's FY 2006 budget to cover important domestic programs. That's certainly the case with environmental protection, where gigantic spending cuts hurt all Americans who prefer to breathe healthy air, drink clean water, treasure our natural heritage and enjoy wildlife.  Securing environmental protection in America is critical to our nation's well-being.

 

Indeed, our environmental security forms the basis of policies that protect public health, manage natural resources to ensure our nation's long-term wealth, and foster America's energy independence.

While the administration proposes reducing domestic discretionary spending for all federal programs (excluding defense and homeland security) by less than one percent, environmental funding is targeted for a punishing 10.4 percent cut. Whacking environmental funding by $3.3 billion – down from $31.3 billion in the last budget to just $28 billion – represents the largest cut in environmental protection ever proposed by this White House.

The proposed cuts spread the pain widely across a range of environmental programs, including:

• The Environmental Protection Agency's clean water projects (-$700 million)

• Land conservation, including the Land and Water Conservation Fund (-$1.1 billion)

• Ocean and coastline restoration, under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (-$333 million)

• Amtrak, with funding zeroed out despite serving 23 million Americans a year in 47 states

• The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where drilling is based on dubious accounting gimmicks.