Don’t Let Big Oil Trash the Last Frontier

By Newsroom America Feeds at 18 Oct 2017

The Sierra Club Insider

Do the Right Thing: Protect the Arctic Refuge

We've extolled the uniqueness and the value—to wildlife and to humanity—of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We've discussed the threat that drilling in the refuge's coastal plain poses to the caribou that bear their young there and the existential threat facing the Gwich'in people, who for millennia have relied on the caribou. Now the refuge is facing its gravest threat in decades as the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on a budget plan into which the House has deviously and cynically inserted a provision to drill in the refuge and the coastal plain. Tell your senators to reject this crafty, disgraceful attempt to destroy one of Earth's great treasures.

Deja Vu All Over Again

For nearly 30 years some congressional Republicans have been attempting to open up parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling—and they're at it once more. As Sierra magazine editor in chief Jason Mark reports, the House recently approved a 2018 budget resolution that includes a provision calling for billions of dollars in new revenue from the sale of oil and gas leases—a veiled move to allow oil extraction in the Arctic refuge.

What's at Stake in the Arctic

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the last truly wild places on earth, home to a vast array of wildlife and pristine landscapes. Its coastal plain is the site of the world's largest land mammal migration—when the 170,000-strong Porcupine Caribou herd is on the move to its calving grounds there, you can feel the ground shake. But Congress is poised to open the Refuge to drilling, and the Trump administration is moving forward with plans to conduct seismic testing in the coastal plain, ancestral home of the Gwich'in people and the caribou on which their way of life depends. Learn more about what's at stake in the Arctic and watch the video.

Photo by Florian Schulz

Enchanting New Excursions in Alaska, Hawaii, and the Lower 48

Rugged beauty abounds on these trips through Alaska and Arctic Canada, including backpack, raft, service, and more. If it's something else you're after, we've got a variety of active journeys in Hawaii and the American Caribbean, plus our newest trips in the Lower 48 and around the world. See all trips and sign up.

Photo by Chris Stone Payne

California Cataclysm

Climate change is just one of many factors that contributed to the firestorms that raged out of control in Northern California's Sonoma and Napa Counties. But the role it did play is a sign that California needs to prepare for the fires of the future, not the ones that it's used to fighting. At this writing 36 people have lost their lives, hundreds are "missing," and more than 3,500 homes commercial buildings have been destroyed. Read more about what may be the worst firestorm in the Golden State's history. Please, help with an emergency gift to the Sierra Club's Redwood Chapter now. 100% of your donation will go directly to relief efforts on the ground.

New Normal?

The breadth and intensity of the wildfires in Northern California caught many people by surprise. But to fire ecologists, conservationists, and policy experts, there's nothing surprising about it: As Sierra managing editor Jonathan Hahn reports, with the planet warming and altering ecosystems, fires are burning bigger, hotter, and faster, and we're badly in need of leadership and a national dialogue on what to do about it.

Photo by Kent Porter/The Press Democrat Via AP

Largest Coal-Fired Power Plant in the West Slated for Closure

For decades, the giant Navajo Generating Station provided jobs and tribal revenue to the Hopi and Navajo Nations—while also polluting the air and tapping out water supplies. As Evelyn Nieves reports from Black Mesa, while the plant is on the verge of closing, the Navajo people are struggling with how to say goodbye to what some consider a foe.

Photo by Darcy Padilla

Bloomberg Doubles Down

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, now United Nations Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, convened with Sierra Club staffers in Washington, D.C., last week to announce a $64 million commitment by Bloomberg Philanthropies to the Sierra Club and other organizations working to promote clean energy at the state and local level. "The Trump administration has yet to realize that the war on coal was never led by Washington," Bloomberg said. "It was started and continues to be led by communities in both red and blue states who are tired of having their air and water poisoned when there are cleaner and cheaper alternatives available." Read more and watch a video of the presentation .

Photo by Javier Sierra

Batman Forever

Merlin Tuttle didn't plan on becoming a bat photographer when he completed his PhD thesis on population ecology and gray bat migration. But after the National Geographic Society asked him to write a chapter on bats and their habitat for its book Wild Animals of North America, he was invited to check out the book in its layout stages. What he saw dismayed him. Read on to find out what aroused Tuttle's ire, and view his amazing slideshow of the stigmatized species that he has been photographing for the last 40 years.

Photo by Merlin Tuttle

We Have Only Just Begun to Fight

"As storms and wildfires besiege our nation, Donald Trump and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced their intention to repeal the Clean Power Plan ... a reckless, dangerous move by an administration that continues to show that it cares more about its fossil fuel CEO cronies than [people's] lives," writes Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign. "The spectacle of these robber barons sitting in the White House with their fossil fuel pals and congratulating themselves for making money while people's lives are destroyed is maddening. [But] make no mistake, the fight against this dangerous decision is only just beginning. "

Standing Rock: One Year Later

A little over a year ago, Morgun Frejo, a member of the Pawnee, Otoe-Missouria, and Navajo Nations, began camping at Oceti Sakowin at Standing Rock. He lived at Standing Rock from mid-August 2016 to late February 2017, just before the residents were evicted and the camp was closed by the National Guard and local law enforcement. In this interview with Liz Blood, he reflects on what was life changing—good and bad—about Standing Rock, what changed while he was there, and how to move forward now that the physical camp is gone.

Photo by Joseph Rushmore

Maria's Devastating Impact on Puerto Rico—A Slideshow

In these stunning pictures, photographer and Puerto Rico resident Steph Segarra documents the aftermath of the worst hurricane to hit the island since 1928. She writes, "The little things began to give us hope: some kids cutting branches in the middle of the gas line, using their 'machetes' to make way for the other cars; a young civilian getting out of his car because the traffic jam was too much, directing cars to alleviate the situation." Read more and see the photos.

Photo by Steph Segarra

Defend the Clean Power Plan

Last week, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced his intention to repeal the Clean Power Plan, established by the Obama administration. Rolling back the Clean Power Plan—our nation's strongest climate action, which limits carbon pollution from power plants—is just the latest example of Pruitt putting polluters' profits above public health. Tell the EPA that you support strong carbon-pollution limits and oppose repealing the Clean Power Plan.


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