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March 28, 2008

Sierra Club Newsmakers -- 3.28.08

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On Wednesday, the Sierra Club showed up in two New York Times stories, one on the emergence (and evolving definition) of "green collar jobs," like the workers installing solar panels above, and one on the Club's partnership with Clorox to promote the Green Works line of natural cleaning products.

The Sierra Club launched the Power 2 Change campaign in New Hampshire and eight other states earlier this week. New Hampshire Chapter Chair Jerry Curran said the energy choices candidates and voters make this year can move the country toward a clean energy economy that creates jobs, saves money, and solves global warming.

Two proposals to build huge solar energy facilities in California's Mojave Desert are being characterized as the latest "Gold Rush" as various utiliities and government entities apply for permits to install photovoltaic panels on BLM land. The Sierra Club estimated roughly 110 square miles of the Mojave Desert could be developed for renewable-energy projects.

Responding to the PlaNYC, New York City's new sustainability plan, The Sierra Club said it was "a great start," but "you can do better," -- that the plan should focus more on more high-efficiency vehicles and mass transit rather than on developing biofuels.  Meanwhile, the state said it would look into "smart metering," a Club proposal that would reward consumers who schedule energy use during off-peak periods.

In Ft. Collins, Colorado, the Sierra Club is fighting a proposed dam on the Poudre River -- local Club leader Mark Easter said the "era of big dam building is over. Or was over, until this thing reared its big, ugly head."

And in Utah, the fruits from the decade long Legacy Highway battle have finally ripened -- the rail system long pushed by the Sierra Club is gaining support now, even from parties that were major opponents over Legacy Highway.

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