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).
Final chance to save the gray wolf
Wolves could get a second a chance, but we must act now.
Now's your last chance—make an emergency gift for wolves and all threatened wildlife today.
Can you believe it? Some promising news for wolves, for once:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the comment period on its plan to strip Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the Lower 48.
This eleventh-hour agency decision was influenced by massive public protest and a report from a panel of scientists who unanimously agreed that the Obama administration’s wolf delisting proposal did not represent “the best available science.”
Your hard work fighting for wolves is paying off. Close to one million Americans wrote in opposing the plan to lift protections—that’s the largest number of comments ever on a federal decision about endangered species. And hundreds more people showed up in-person at hearings to decide gray wolves’ future.
But we don’t have long to stop the rule once and for all—March 27th is the deadline for the public to weigh in, and the fate of wolves across the country hangs in the balance.
Now’s your last chance—help us reverse Fish and Wildlife’s deadly plan for wolves before the deadline. Make an emergency gift to the Sierra Club to help wolves and all threatened wildlife and wild places today.
Your gift will help fuel the Sierra Club’s effort to deliver as many comments as possible and keep the pressure on during this critical final stretch. You’ll help mobilize our 2.1 million members and supporters to write to the Obama administration and rally in support of wolf protection.
I won’t let up now, when we’re so close, and I hope you’re with me.
The Endangered Species Act was wolves' salvation—helping the small, fragile population of gray wolves that remains in the U.S. today. Delisting wolves now would turn back the clock on years of hard-won recovery work.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to reopen the comment period is a promising sign, but we still have our work cut out for us if we’re going to halt their proposed plan.
Make an urgent gift to the Sierra Club.
Together we’ll tell the Obama administration: please, don't turn back the clock on almost 40 years of wolf conservation.
Congress made history in 2011 when it delisted the Northern Rockies Gray Wolf. Since then, more than 1,700 wolves have been senselessly slaughtered by sport hunters and trappers. And in December 2012, Yellowstone’s most beloved wolf matriarch was murdered in cold blood by a hunter when she ventured outside the park in search of food.
We have the chance to make history in the fight to save these majestic animals. I can't let wolves vanish to another distant memory. For my children and yours…for the future of our environment and cherished natural places…I’m asking you now to help save wolves.
Thank you for everything you do for the vulnerable creatures and habitats we’re working to protect.
Spilling, dumping, polluting... this has to stop
Coal ash is toxic waste --
Keep it out of our water!
Photo: Catawba Riverkeeper
This has to stop.
For six days this week, toxic coal ash gushed into North Carolina's Dan River, turning the water into "gray sludge" and leaving layers of toxic muck on the river banks.
Ash from coal-burning power plants is full of toxic heavy metals like arsenic, mercury, and lead -- that the coal companies then dump in pits and ponds, with no plan for safe disposal or cleanup. In fact, the coal plant that dumped this toxic waste in North Carolina isn't even operating anymore. They just left their toxic waste sitting by the side of the river -- because they could.
Tell the EPA to finally protect our rivers and our communities from coal's toxic waste.
North Carolina isn't alone. There are more than 1,100 coal ash sites nationwide. In some places, the heaps of toxic waste are so close to communities that a stiff breeze sends clouds of ash over people's homes. In others, the ash sits in unlined ponds, leaching chemicals into the groundwater.
For the last four years, the EPA has been sitting on a national safeguard that could have prevented this disaster -- it would put an end to the open pits, the leaking ponds, and the abandoned toxic waste. But delay has followed delay, and that means the coal plant in North Carolina wasn't breaking any federal rules when it stashed its toxic waste in an unlined pond by the Dan River.
We need the EPA to finish a strong national safeguard that ensures no more coal ash ponds like this are built in the future, and also cleans up and closes the existing ones.
No more delays. Tell the EPA to finish a strong, meaningful, and federally enforceable safeguard against toxic coal ash!
Thank you for all you do,
Mary Anne Hitt
Beyond Coal Campaign Director
1) NC river turns to gray sludge after coal ash spill, Associated Press, February 5, 2014
2) The Cost of Coal -- Nevada, Sierra Club: The Cost of Coal
We can beat Keystone XL
|The fight to stop Keystone XL has entered the final stretch.
Help make sure President Obama says NO to the Keystone XL pipeline.
Give an urgent gift to the Sierra Club today.
For two years, you and I have been waiting for this moment.
Two years of inundating the State Department with more than a million public comments. Two years of rallies and arrests, of activists forming human chains around the White House and putting themselves on the line.
And you did it all to convince the president to stop a pipeline that’s become climate change incarnate: Keystone XL.
Now after two years of delays, it’s decision time.
Now it’s up to President Obama to decide whether or not to approve TransCanada’s permit to build the world’s dirtiest, most dangerous oil pipeline.
To be frank, there’s no guarantee the right decision will be made without you and while the end’s in sight, we’re running out of time. Please make an urgent gift today.
Last Friday’s State Department release of the final environmental report on Keystone walked back its original finding that the pipeline would have “no significant impact” on the climate. Yet at its core, it’s still a deeply flawed document penned by a card-carrying member of the American Petroleum Institute. It’s up to us to make sure President Obama bases his decision on facts, not the lies of the oil industry.
More than 60,000 of you have sent messages to President Obama demanding that he keep his climate promise to future generations and reject Keystone XL once and for all. We must not let up.
Every gift today helps us continue to fight Big Oil and dirty oil pipelines like Keystone XL and promote a clean energy future. Make your gift now.
Not only is the future of our climate as we know it at risk if President Obama approves the Keystone XL pipeline - thousands of precious wildlife and the lands they call home will be decimated. Even now, as preparation for the pipeline continues, wolves are being shot from helicopters near the drill sites and suffocated by poisoned traps near their dens.
Keystone XL will snake more than 800,000 barrels of tar sands from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico every day, emitting more greenhouse gas than any other extraction process and leveling fragile wildlife habitats along the way.
Climate change is real, it’s frightening, and it’s hard to know how to fight it. But this one’s easy. President Obama has the power to make it right. And you - along with 2.1 million Sierra Club champions like you - are the only ones with the power to convince him.
We can win - the facts are on our side. But with Big Oil pouring millions into clouding the truth, we have to come out in full force. We won’t allow dirty energy projects like Keystone XL to threaten our land, wildlife and future. Make a gift to Sierra Club today.
As we near the finish line, what you do today means everything. Thanks for your commitment.
BREAKING: Keystone XL fails the climate test!
|URGENT: Victory is in sight, but we have to act now.
Tell President Obama that it's time to keep his climate promise and reject Keystone XL once and for all.
Today, President Obama has all the information he needs -- Keystone XL fails his climate test. The State Department just released its final environmental impact report on the project -- and despite the spin from the oil industry, it shows our voices have made a difference. Don't believe the media hype: with your help, we can defeat Keystone XL once and for all.
President Obama vowed to reject the pipeline if the project would "significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution." The verdict is in: Keystone XL fails President Obama's climate test. Evidence from the scientific community, industry analysts, and the EPA had already shown that Keystone XL would increase carbon pollution from the tar sands, and today the State Department backed away from its previous claim that the pipeline won't have a significant impact.
But we can't stop until we finish this. Tell President Obama that it's time to keep his climate promise and reject Keystone XL once and for all!
The State Department report was Big Oil's last hope for cheating on President Obama's climate test. A flawed and biased draft report -- written by a dues-paying member of the American Petroleum Institute -- claimed that Keystone XL wouldn't have a significant environmental impact.
The facts, however, told a different story. Everyone from oil industry financial analysts to the EPA confirmed that Keystone XL would spur massive tar sands expansion in Alberta, which would lead to a significant increase in carbon pollution. While the State Department's review has significant problems, it now acknowledges that Keystone XL will have the carbon pollution equivalent to adding up to 5.7 million cars to the roads.
The verdict is in. Send a message to President Obama today to make sure he stays true to his word and rejects the climate-killing Keystone XL pipeline!
The president made a promise to young people when he vowed to reject Keystone if it would harm the climate, telling them, "I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that's beyond fixing."
Now is President Obama's opportunity to show he means it, that his actions match his words, and that he'll keep his promises to future generations. The only way he can do this is by listening to the facts and rejecting Keystone XL.
Big Oil won't take this defeat lying down, so we can't stop now. We need to flood the White House with emails telling President Obama to keep his pledge and reject Keystone XL. Send your message now!
Together, we can win this. Thank you for protecting our climate,
Sierra Club Executive Director
Can't have it both ways
The State of Our Union:
Ready to leave fossil fuels behind.
If you tuned in to watch the State of the Union address tonight, you heard President Obama send a strong message on the need for urgent and bold climate action when he said:
"Climate change is a fact. And when our children's children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did."
- President Obama, January 28, 2014
But in tonight's speech, President Obama missed his opportunity to truly commit to that vision. As long as his administration keeps throwing lifelines to old sources of energy like oil and gas, we won't be able to lead the world on clean energy solutions like wind and solar.
Tell President Obama: Our government shouldn't be in the business of propping up yesterday's dirty fuels. It's time to end oil and gas fracking on public lands.
Tonight, President Obama said that natural gas is "the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change." He also said, "I'll use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations." He's trying to have it both ways -- but we can't drill and frack our way out of the climate hole we're in.
The president is right to be proud of America's progress on solar energy and the historic steps he's taking to crack down on dangerous carbon pollution. When he unveiled his climate plan last summer, I said it gave me hope that he would continue to lead on climate and clean energy solutions.
We know how to build a 100 percent clean-energy economy1 and it doesn't include tearing up more of our national treasures to pull more dirty fuels out of the ground. Getting all of the energy we need without using fossil fuels is no longer a question of whether we can -- but whether we will. President Obama has the power to put an immediate stop to future drilling and fracking on public lands, but it doesn't sound like he's ready to use that power.
Send your message now: Tell President Obama that now is the time for the bold action and real leadership that will finally leave fossil fuels in the past.
Now is the time for that leadership. Oil and gas companies are relentlessly pushing the president to keep one foot in the past -- we need to be just as relentless in showing him how to stand up to the fossil fuel billionaires. Take action now!
Thanks for all you do to protect the environment,
Sierra Club Executive Director
 A Plan for a Sustainable Future: How to get all energy from wind, water and solar power by 2030, Scientific American, November 2009
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 suggested letter to the San Antonio Housing Authority.
Coal tar-based pavement sealants threaten our drinking water by contaminating it with known carcinogens. See these slides by Stephen Kale, P.E. for information about the dangers of coal tar-based sealants.
Tell your representative to save the bees
One out of every three bites of food we eat, from almonds to berries to soybeans, is pollinated by bees. Last winter, beekeepers from Texas to California consistently reported bee die-offs between 50-70 percent of their bees. A growing body of scientific evidence points to the widespread use of class of neurotoxic pesticides called neonicotinoids as a key factor in this phenomenon.
Without immediate action, bee-pollinated foods from apples to strawberries will disappear from grocery stores shelves. Fortunately, Representatives John Conyers (D, Mich.) and Earl Blumenauer (D, Ore.) just introduced a bill to give our bees a fighting chance. The Save America’s Pollinators Act will suspend the use of toxic, bee-killing pesticides until a full review of scientific evidence indicates they are safe and a field study demonstrates they do no harm to bees and other pollinators.
Bee part of the solution! Tell your representative to save the bees and support the “Save America’s Pollinators Act.” Click this link to take action.
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: