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This is a win for the environment worth celebrating.

Last week, we succeeded in bringing down a Goliath ... none other than Exxon Mobil.

Thanks to your activism, we forced the oil giant to back down in its quest to turn a remote and wild stretch of the Rocky Mountains into an industrial transportation corridor.

Exxon has formally withdrawn its application with the state of Montana to ship thousands of mega-sized tractor trailers, filled with tar sands equipment, along the pristine Lolo Pass, high up in the Rocky Mountains.

Since we first learned of Exxon’s plans in 2010, tens of thousands of BioGems Defenders like you stood strong in vocally opposing Exxon’s dangerous “mega-load” scheme.

Your messages to the state of Montana and the U.S. Forest Service helped persuade officials to delay the project last year. Now, in the face of overwhelming public opposition, Exxon has officially thrown in the towel.

We couldn’t have done it without you.

Exxon’s frightening plan called for hauling mining equipment, some of it as long as 210 feet and over 300,000 pounds, through this vulnerable ecosystem and onward to Canada.

Not only would building the transportation corridor have destroyed one of the most beautiful stretches of the Lewis and Clark trail, it would have paved the way for Exxon to extract more oil through the dirty process of tar sands mining.

In Canada, tar sands development has already caused devastation in the boreal forest -- creating vast toxic waste sites, destroying critical wildlife habitat for millions of migratory birds, and generating three times the amount of global warming pollution as conventional fuel production.

With this victory, residents in Rocky Mountain communities on both sides of the border can breathe easier.

I hope you’ll join with me in celebrating this momentous win. And thank you again for fighting alongside NRDC to defeat Exxon Mobil.


Frances Beinecke
Natural Resources Defense Council


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Here is another

Here is another victory!

Thanks to the persistent voices of hundreds of thousands of wildlife advocates like you, moments ago Congress passed a Transportation Package that includes the potential for the largest investment in wildlife conservation in U.S. history and two very important wins for wildlife against Big Oil:

*More than two years into the worst oil disaster in U.S. history, today Congress passed the RESTORE Act, which ensures that money from BP's oil spill fines will be dedicated to Gulf Coast restoration--a big win for brown pelicans, dolphins, and sea turtles that are still being impacted by the oil spill disaster that began in April 2010.

*It was a hard fight, but the legislation passed today does NOT include language that would have forced approval of the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline, which would put endangered whooping cranes and swift foxes at risk of toxic oil spills while also driving a rapid expansion of habitat-destroying tar sands operations that could put the lives of thousands of Canada's wolves and caribou at risk.

Thanks for all you've done and continue to do! 

Sue Brown
Executive Director, NWF Action Fund
Twitter: @wildlifeaction
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P.S. The fight for wildlife against Big Oil isn't over! The oil industry and their allies are continuing to ramp up their efforts to block limits on global warming pollution and force approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

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In the eleventh hour during

In the eleventh hour during negotiations on the transportation bill on June 27, language requiring approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and barring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation of coal ash waste was dropped.

The Keystone XL rider would have mandated approval of this unnecessary and dangerous tar sands pipeline that would threaten the nation’s largest aquifer that supplies one-third of the U.S. irrigated farmland and drinking water for millions of Americans. Had the provision remained in the House Republican backed bill, it would have required the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the pipeline within 30 days from receiving an application from TransCanada Corp.

Get the full story at the following link>


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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) plan to allow drilling on the Roan Plateau in Colorado—a 50,000 acre area that the energy industry believes to contain “one of the largest gas fields in the continental United States,” according to Reuters—has been stopped by U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Krieger for failing to adequately address environmental impacts. Among the largest concerns are air-quality issues resulting from ozone emissions.

“Like many areas of Colorado, the area has been blessed with an abundance of two major resources, the uses of which are often in conflict,” wrote Krieger in a 38-page opinion document, according to Reuters. “Its surface offers extensive and largely unspoiled … scenic, ecological and wildlife virtues. Below the surface … contains valuable oil and gas reserves.”

Read the entire article here>>


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Okay so what exactly do you

Okay so what exactly do you plan on powering your car with?

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This has been an incredible

This has been an incredible time for environmental progress, and I just want to take a moment to reflect on all that we have accomplished and thank you for all you have helped make possible.

It started two weeks ago when the Senate rejected the toxic air assault pushed by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), the Senate's leading climate denier, which would have permanently blocked the life-saving Mercury and Air Toxics clean air protections. This victory means healthier air, healthier communities, and healthier kids.

Then on Monday, we closed the public comment period on the EPA's proposed climate pollution limits for American power plants with a record-shattering 2.25 million comments from across a broad coalition of environmental and public advocacy groups. The Dirty Energy Lobby will fight this rule with everything they have, but our unprecedented grassroots strength gives us huge momentum in this ongoing struggle to solve the climate crisis.

The good news continued on Tuesday when a federal appeals court upheld EPA's climate pollution emission standards, rejecting four legal challenges that had been filed by industry groups and several states' attorneys general. The unanimous and unambiguous ruling affirmed the importance of having rigorous, independent science as the bedrock of efforts to protect our health and environment.

And then late Friday, just before breaking for the July 4th Recess, Congress once and for all passed the RESTORE Act as part of the Surface Transportation Extension Act. The RESTORE Act dedicates 80 percent of the Clean Water Act fines from BP and other parties responsible for the 2010 gulf oil spill where they are needed most to restoring the fragile Gulf Coast environment and local economy.

Our dedicated team of scientists, economists, policy experts, lawyers, and other specialists poured their souls into these fights. We worked closely with broad coalitions of groups, and we all played important roles.

But, without you and the more than 700,000 EDF members and activists, we probably would not be celebrating these victories today. You are the powerful force that makes all our work possible, and I can't thank you enough.

I hope that as we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, we can all feel a little extra pride in being part of the environmental movement that is winning so many important victories for our planet and our future. And I wish you a safe and festive holiday.

Thank you!

Sam Parry
Director of Membership

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Still the question remains

Still the question remains unanswered.


rigel1 wrote:

Okay so what exactly do you plan on powering your car with?

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Rigel, they have no intention

Rigel, they have no intention of answering you.

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A coalition of conservation organizations and a western Colorado county reached a landmark settlement agreement today with federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Department of Energy, requiring the agencies to revise a Bush-era plan creating energy corridors in the West. The agreement, filed in federal court in San Francisco, requires the agencies to revise a “West-wide Energy Corridors” plan to facilitate renewable energy, avoid environmentally sensitive areas and prevent webs of pipelines and power lines across the West.

“This landmark agreement could make a world of difference to renewable energy development—and at the same time, minimize messy energy corridors on our public lands to avoid harm to wildlife, parks and wilderness,” said Amy Atwood, senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The Obama administration needs to seize the opportunity created by this settlement to do right by both nature and our energy future.”

The agreement, which now awaits court approval, creates a process for the agencies to periodically review corridors and assess whether to revise, delete or add corridors on a region-by-region basis. The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, which have siting authority over transmission and pipeline rights-of-way for transmission lines and pipelines on public lands, must also reevaluate corridors located in sensitive areas or corridors that would not carry renewable energy.

“The Bush-era energy corridors would have continued our destructive dependence on fossil fuels. This settlement helps move us away from our dirty energy past and toward a more stable and renewable clean energy future,” said Jim Angell, an Earthjustice attorney who represented the plaintiffs.

An interagency workgroup will oversee the new corridor analysis. The settlement requires that it consider studies by the Western Electricity Coordinating Council and Western Governors’ Association, expertise provided by the Energy Department and public feedback to ensure that corridors are thoughtfully sited to provide maximum utility with minimum environmental impact.



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mauiman58 wrote: Rigel, they

mauiman58 wrote:

Rigel, they have no intention of answering you.

i know. Ignoring the question won't make it go away. They can't pee in their gas tanks. They have no answers.

anonymous green
rigel1 wrote: mauiman58

rigel1 wrote:

mauiman58 wrote:

Rigel, they have no intention of answering you.

i know. Ignoring the question won't make it go away. They can't pee in their gas tanks. They have no answers.

I've been peeing into every Camaro's gas tank I see, they run just as good on pee, which is poorly.

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Mrs Lee,

Mrs Lee, did you see how republicans want smog and soot, and asthma, and heart attacks for the people they plan on poisoning? The same story you posted above from another source:


The Republican Fight for Dirtier Air
by Richard Schiffman

Last month the Senate rejected a bid by Oklahoma’s James Inhofe to roll back new limits on mercury in the air proposed by the Obama administration in December.

It was a rare victory for the environment on Capitol Hill. Earlier in June, congressmen Henry Waxman and Edward Markey issued a scathing report that called the 112th Congress, “the most anti-environment House in the history of Congress,” citing 247 votes to weaken, delay or defeat environmental legislation in a little over a year. They blamed the Republican majority in the House, who are typically all but unanimous in their opposition to new pollution regulations. Markey and Waxman say that during the past year hard won environmental safeguards have been reversed and the EPA has had its hands tied by Republican-sponsored legislation that makes “the issuance of new rules difficult if not impossible.”

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douglaslee wrote:Mrs

douglaslee wrote:
Mrs Lee, did you see how republicans want smog and soot, and asthma, and heart attacks for the people they plan on poisoning? The same story you posted above from another source.


They are truly insane. It has to be more than just being in denial. 

They should all be impeached and taken away to be examined by neurologists and psychiatrists. Holy cannoli.

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Thank you douglaslee I had

Thank you douglaslee I had not. I would like to cite this part of the article.....

Some of the main beneficiaries of weaker laws are the oil, gas and coal industries, which spend millions each year lobbying legislators and government officials. According to data published by the Center For Responsible Politics, House Republicans received more than four times the campaign contributions as Democrats from these industry groups.

The Republicans are bought and paid for by the oil, gas and coal industries and other corporations. Here is more.....

Edward Markey issued a scathing report that called the 112th Congress, “the most anti-environment House in the history of Congress,” citing 247 votes to weaken, delay or defeat environmental legislation in a little over a year. They blamed the Republican majority in the House, who are typically all but unanimous in their opposition to new pollution regulations


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Oil-sands, coal, and all

Oil-sands, coal, and all other fossil fuels will soon be obsolete:

There is a new clean energy technology that is one tenth the cost of coal. LENR using nickel. Incredibly: Ni+H(heated under pressure)=Cu+lots of heat.

This phenomenon (LENR) has been confirmed in hundreds of published scientific papers:

"Over 2 decades with over 100 experiments worldwide indicate LENR is real, much greater than chemical..." --Dennis M. Bushnell, Chief Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center

"Energy density many orders of magnitude over chemical." Michael A. Nelson, NASA

"Total replacement of fossil fuels for everything but synthetic organic chemistry." --Dr. Joseph M. Zawodny, NASA

By the way, here is a survey of all the companies that are bringing LENR to commercialization:

So far hybrids and electric are pretty good cars.  Let's see where the above takes us!


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On Tuesday, the Bureau of

On Tuesday, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) delayed its decision on the proposed massive expansion of the Alton coal mine that threatened Bryce Canyon National Park.1 The agency has decided to take additional time to further study the impacts, due in large part to the tremendous outpouring of public opposition to the mine's expansion.

Of the 177,000 comments the BLM received on this issue in January,2 more than half came from CREDO action members like you, so I wanted to thank you for playing a big role in helping stop this mine expansion for the time being.

BLM has a terrible track record on these issues, including most recently its essentially giving away 750 million tons of publicly-owned coal to Peabody Energy for about a dollar a ton. So their decision to delay, while not a full victory, represents a significant change in trajectory that wouldn't have been possible without your activism.

With that said, the BLM will now be coming under signficant pressure from the dirty coal industry and its allies to allow coal mining right next to beautiful Bryce Canyon. We need to counteract that pressure with fierce opposition.

Early next year, the BLM will release further analysis on the impacts of the proposed mine expansion and will take additional public comments and hold public hearings at that time.

I'll be sure to let you know when these or other opportunities to stop the Bryce Canyon coal mine come up.

Thanks for your activism — it makes a difference.

Josh Nelson, Campaign Manager