Raise your voice to make a difference
Sometimes all it takes is a simple phone call or email message to sway the opinion of our elected leaders and officials. Contact us at AlamoAlerts and we will add you to our local Sierra Club Action Alert Email List. You don't have to be a Sierra Club member to receive our alerts, (but we do hope you'll join us).
Join the virtual rally to #ActOnClimate
Join the virtual rally to support limits on carbon pollution!
President Obama promised that his administration would take action to confront the climate crisis -- and now the EPA has finally proposed the first-ever safeguards against carbon pollution from our nation's aging power plants.
From July 29-31, the EPA will be holding public hearings on these historic limits. Hundreds of activists will testify and rally outside hearings in Denver, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. Even if you can't be there in person, you can help put pressure on the EPA by donating a tweet or Facebook status update in advance, all timed to hit at once as the hearings begin Tuesday morning.
This will help make #EPA and #ActOnClimate important trending topics on social media, creating a buzz for people to take action. It also puts pressure on EPA to listen to grassroots activists, not lobbyists paid by the big polluters.
This is a big deal, and the big polluters know it.
This is the beginning of what could be the biggest climate fight in history. Fossil fuel billionaires are mobilizing like never before. They're already sending their lobbyists to Washington and spreading their fear-mongering talking points on Fox News. While their money talks, they can't match our people power.
By joining this virtual rally of thousands of people taking action online, you will fight back. You will also spread the message directly to your friends, family, and followers-- the people you have the most social media influence over. No talking head or slick ad campaign will be as influential as you.
Spread the message and ask your friends and followers to submit a written comment into EPA supporting their Clean Power Plan.
Thank you for all you do,
Beyond Coal Campaign
Sign the Petition: Texans Deserve Modern Building Codes
|Tell the State Energy Conservation Office and State Comptroller to adopt new building codes
A home or building built today to the latest building codes will use 25 percent less energy than one built just a few years ago -- and 40 percent of all the energy used in the U.S. is in the buildings we work and live in! With as much as Texas is growing and concerns about air pollution, climate change, drought, and where we're going to get our energy, why are we letting so much energy be wasted?
On July 4, the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) and the State Comptroller asked for public input on whether or not they should raise the state’s minimum energy code for new construction. In just a few clicks you can submit your official comment and tell them Texas should adopt the most recent building codes.
Because these new codes require higher levels of insulation, better building envelopes, better windows, and give credit for incorporation of renewable technologies, adoption of these standards will create jobs.
Sure, better windows, more insulation and so on cost slightly more, but a recent analysis by the Energy Efficiency Codes Coalition on the 2012 codes found that in Houston the average home would go up in cost by only about $1,600. Because of the energy savings, you would save more money on your utilities than you paid in your mortgage within two years. Because of this, Houston went ahead and adopted better building codes.
And they're not alone. A recent survey of Texas cities found that 64 of the largest cities in Texas had already adopted the 2012 codes and cities like Austin and San Antonio are considering a process to adopt the 2015 codes.
An analysis done by the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) at Texas A & M found that adoption of the 2012 codes would increase the efficiency of the average new home by 14 to 25 percent compared to the 2009 codes. Both ESL and the Department of Energy have said that taking the next step to adopt the newest 2015 building codes would give even slightly higher savings.
Please help us make Texas a leader on energy efficient buildings today, saving energy, water and money, while creating jobs, and lowering our use of dirty, old coal plants.
Tell our elected Comptroller and SECO to adopt higher energy codes today! Thanks for all you do to protect the environment,
Lone Star Chapter Sierra Club
 Texas A&M Energy System Lab study on Residential and Commercial building codes. Dec 2011
 Department of Energy study on commercial savings from adoption of new building codes March 2014
Tell DOE to protect communities from fracking
Tell the Department of Energy to protect our communities from dirty and dangerous fracked gas exports.
Would you agree to something life changing before you knew all of the details?
For years, the Department of Energy (DOE) has been doing just that when it comes to fracked gas exports. They call it "conditional approval" -- meaning a liquefied natural gas export facility is approved to move forward without knowing the environmental impacts to our communities, air, water, climate and coasts.
DOE is considering changes to this process and may stop issuing these conditional approvals. While this is a step in the right direction, there is still more work to be done. DOE is still planning to review export projects without looking at the environmental impacts of the additional fracking gas that exports will inevitably cause. It's up to activists like you and me to make sure DOE looks at the whole picture.
Please join me, and send your letter to Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz. Before any decision is made, he must put the health and safety of our communities before the interests of companies looking to profit from fracked gas exports.
This means DOE must account for everything -- from fracked wells to transport through pipelines across the country to building giant export terminals along our coasts. It also means they must use the most up-to-date and accurate information available as they evaluate the real impacts.
While other countries are trying to negotiate trade agreements to buy fracked gas from the U.S., we must act to prevent our communities from becoming the world's industrial zone.
Will you help to send 35,000 letters to Secretary Moniz by July 20, and tell him to take a look at the big picture when it comes to proposals for fracked gas export facilities?
Director, Dirty Fuels Initiative
Sign the Petition: Amend the Constitution to get money out of politics
Support a constitutional amendment that would declare our independence from money in politics
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."
With those words, Thomas Jefferson and the other drafters of the Declaration of Independence set an aspirational goal for our nation.
But the very foundations of the democracy they envisioned are under assault from big polluters and corporations who claim to be more equal than people, with special rights being granted to corporate "persons" to buy and sell our elections with their unlimited, undisclosed money.
Our Supreme Court's disastrous decisions in Citizens United and McCutcheon are destructive to the ends of protecting our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. When big polluters can shout down normal citizens with unlimited SuperPAC money, our clean air, water, and climate suffer.
But we can fight back.
The proposed constitutional amendment, sponsored by environmental champion Senator Tom Udall, would give Congress and the states the ability to regulate money in politics. With this, they can end the era of unlimited, undisclosed money from big polluters like the Koch brothers and Shaun McCutcheon.
While the amendment already has over 40 supporters in the Senate, it's going to take grassroots pressure from people like you demanding they pass it.
Add your voice to thousands of others and declare our independence from money in politics.
Our government should respond to the voice of the people, not a few super-rich donors. When big polluters and their unlimited SuperPAC money speaks, they drown out the voices of the people who suffer because of dirty air, contaminated water, and a warming, unstable climate.
To make sure we can fulfill the aspirations our government was founded on, we must declare our independence from big polluter money. Tell your senators to support a constitutional amendment.
Thank you for everything you do for our environment and democracy,
Director, Democracy Program
 Full text of SJR19, 113th Congress
Prohibit Coal Tar-Based Sealants
The Alamo Group encourages you to contact your City Council representative and the San Antonio Housing Authority about prohibiting usage of coal tar-based sealants on pavement. Here is a telephone script for contacting council. Your councilmember's contact info is here and here. Here is a suggested letter to the San Antonio Housing Authority.
Coal tar-based pavement sealants threaten our drinking water by contaminating it with known carcinogens. This recent magazine article notes that these “probable” human carcinogens continue to coat local parking lots, playgrounds and driveways. We highly recommend viewing these slides from the Sierra Club presentation by Stephen Kale, P.E. containing comprehensive information about the dangers of coal tar-based sealants.
Ask City Council to Ban Single-use Plastic Bags
Single-use checkout bags have harmful impacts on our environment and drain our tax dollars. San Antonio residents use more than 1.6 billion plastic bags every year. At least 80% of these end up in landfills or as litter.
While stores don't charge for the bags, city taxpayers pay for a variety of pollution impacts. They cause damage to recycling facilities, and despite the fact that they are about 1% of the waste stream, they cost recyclers as much as 30% of their labor time. They clog up storm drains and wastewater treatment plants. They cost San Antonio residents as much as $1.3 million a year to control their pollution, and they disproportionately affect low income communities who have fewer resources for litter control, less recycling and more fragile infrastructure. That $1.3 million could help low income San Antonio neighborhoods, but instead is being wasted on plastic bag pollution! Even more money is being spent on state and federal clean-up efforts, and it is impossible to put a dollar value on the impacts to wildlife killed by plastic bags.
Visit this page to send a message to City Council. Personalized emails are far more meaningful to your elected officials than form letters. Be sure to include a personal message about why the issue is important to you, and why you think passing a local ordinance will be the appropriate solution.
Also, be sure to sign Cris Medina's online petition. Then, consider:
- Sending a second email to the City Councilmember in your district encouraging him or her to carry the ordinance through the voting process.
- Asking to have a meeting with City Councilmembers to show your support.
- Learning more about the issue and spreading the word!
- Sharing this link with your community via email and social media.
Suggested Points to Include:
- Voluntary efforts have failed to solve the problem of plastic bag pollution
- I support removing single-use bags from San Antonio stores, and saving taxpayers and businesses the expenses caused by this pollution.
- Please pass a bag ordinance and stop wasting as much as $1,300,000 a year on clean-up efforts.
- Plastic bag pollution threatens our infrastructure, costs small businesses money and makes our city less attractive to visitors. Our economy will benefit from a bag ban.
- Brownsville, Fort Stockton, South Padre Island, Laguna Vista, Sunset Valley, Laredo, Kermit, and Austin, Texas have all passed bag ordinances. Now is the time for San Antonio to join their leadership.
- Please respond to my comments in writing, or via email at: