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Many Items Coming Together At This Moment

Many Items Coming Together At This Moment

Over the summer I’ve taken some time off from writing while paddling, fishing and backpacking.  During this time a great deal has occurred that present an interesting picture of multiple trends that are interacting.  This is causing increased alarm and hope at the same time.  Below is a listing of some recent developments and news.  Much of this you may have…

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You're Probably a Lot Closer to Disaster Than You Think

You're Probably a Lot Closer to Disaster Than You Think

Most of us, especially those of us in our comfortable homes in Chicago’s Quiet North Shore Suburbs, feel quite safe and secure.  We can’t imagine an enormous explosion that could destroy our homes, lives and communities like what happened in the small Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic as described below in Mike Brune’s Blog.  Think again.   Many receiving this may remember…

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Disappointing Supreme Court Decision Today re: EPA Mercury Rule

Disappointing Supreme Court Decision Today re: EPA Mercury Rule

Elections matter.  It amazes and disappoints me that the Supreme Court could find that the EPA failed to take into consideration the costs that industry, principally the coal industry, would endure in order to cause: “the lifelong neurological damage brought on by exposure to toxic mercury, and prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks and 130,000 asthma attacks…

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Beyond Coal: Great News

Beyond Coal: Great News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Contacts: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Meghan Womack, meghan@bloomberg.org, 212-205-0176 Sierra Club, Maggie Kao, maggie.kao@sierraclub.org, 202-675-2384 Bloomberg Philanthropies Boosts Investment in Sierra Club to Retire U.S. Coal Fleet & Transition the Nation Towards Clean Energy Sources Efforts aim to improve public health, slash carbon emissions and allow U.S. to take action as leader in fighting climate…

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AddUp.org Is Here

AddUp.org Is Here

Coming Clean: The blog of Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune April 3, 2015 AddUp: Technology + Activism “Technology is nothing.” So said the man behind some of the most successful and influential technologies of the past three decades. But then Apple founder Steve Jobs elaborated: “What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good…

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Sierra Club February Board Meeting Notes

Sierra Club February Board Meeting Notes

Sierra Club Board of Directors Meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico February 26 – 28, 2015 Chuck Frank making a point at the working session.  Board Secretary Lane Boldman and Sierra Club Chief of Staff Jesse Simons in background.  Photo by Dean Wallraff Introduction: It is an exciting time to be on the Sierra Club Board of Directors. We are working…

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Green Power Storage Coming on Strong

Green Power Storage Coming on Strong

A big concern about solar and wind power’s ability to take over electricity production is the intermittent nature of the source.  To ensure that there is  power when and where we need it it is necessary to be able to have adequate storage of this type of power.  The following article is very informative about the current status of our…

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Fracking 101: Why the Sierra Club Opposes Fracking, Period

Fracking 101: Why the Sierra Club Opposes Fracking, Period

At our last Sierra Club Board Meeting in November we voted unequivocally to oppose hydraulic fracturing commonly known as fracking.  I enthusiastically support this position and policy. My personal opinion is that we are not going to realistically be able to stop all fracking in the U.S. tomorrow.  But the sooner the better.  Before we destroy our water tables, poison…

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My Article in the Sierra Club's California/Nevada Wilderness Committee Newsletter Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

My Article in the Sierra Club's California/Nevada Wilderness Committee Newsletter Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

I am extremely honored that an article that I wrote appeared in the Words of the Wild Newsletter of the Sierra Club’s California/Nevada Wilderness Committee on page 10. If you care to read it, click here and you’ll go to the full newsletter and check out page 10.  There are also many other wonderful pieces here including one by Bruce…

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