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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Urge UTAH to Join the Clean Car Lawsuit!

Urgent Action from the Union of Concerned Scientists

Thirteen states, representing over a third of the U.S. auto market, have already adopted clean car standards to reduce global warming pollution from vehicles. But Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Stephen Johnson rejected the advice of his staff, directives of two federal judges, and the Supreme Court, and denied the waiver states need to implement these crucial standards.

On January 2, California filed a lawsuit to compel the EPA to grant the waiver. Sixteen other states have already joined this lawsuit, including three states that have yet to commit to the clean car standards.

Please tell your Attorney General to join the California lawsuit and stand up to this dangerous attack on our states’ legal rights. A copy of your letter will also be sent to your governor. States only have until February 1 to join this lawsuit, so please send your message today!


Scott Nathanson
National Field Organizer
Clean Vehicles Program

Subject: Defend Our State's Rights Against EPA Attack

Monday, January 21, 2008

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

New York Times Editorial, Jan 8

Nature Overrun

Nearly 40 years ago, President Richard Nixon issued an executive order calling for a national strategy to protect wildlife by restricting off-road vehicles to carefully designated trails. President Jimmy Carter later gave the interior secretary the authority to ban such vehicles from sensitive lands. Unfortunately, except for a brief and encouraging crackdown during the Clinton administration, nobody has paid much attention to these directives since.

There are now nine million off-road vehicles, meaning all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes (snowmobiles are a separate category). And their owners, with little resistance from the authorities that ought to be policing them, are transforming some of America’s most sensitive public lands into their personal playgrounds.

As Felicity Barringer and William Yardley wrote in The Times recently, there are responsible owners who stick to designated trails as well as renegades who go “off trail” with grave consequences for animal habitat, fragile desert soils and historical artifacts. The real problem, however, is that the important decisions about where off-road vehicles can go are not being made by the federal Bureau of Land Management, which is supposed to protect these lands and regulate these vehicles, but by the owners, user associations and rural county officials who are under their thumb.

Utah is an alarming case in point . . . (the editorial continues)



Green Tip: Think Globally, Eat Locally

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Saturday, January 5, 2008

How Crude

Gasoline Consumption: Crude Miles Per Barrel (MPB)

Ever wondered how many barrels of crude oil you as an individual consume?

There are 42 gallons of crude oil in a barrel, and each barrel makes 20 gallons of gasoline.

If it takes 20 gallons of gas to fill your tank, you use a barrel of crude each fill up.

If you car gets 28 mpg, that's 560 mpb (miles per barrel.)

If you drive 19000 miles in a year, you will use apx. 34 barrels of crude a year.

Now is the time to curb crude oil use and turn to clean, renewable fuel alternatives.