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Join the Fight: Demand Clean Power Now!

Good News for Belugas In a crucial victory for the last beluga whales of Cook Inlet, Alaska, a federal judge has ruled in NRDC’s favor, saying that the Obama Administration violated the law by allowing Apache Alaska Corporation to use seismic airguns to survey the inlet for oil and gas. The blasts from the submerged airguns, which would sound 12 hours a day, can easily deafen or kill marine life and are especially dangerous to a population of whales that has plummeted from 1,300 to 312 in recent years. These same whales are threatened by the proposed Pebble Mine, which would put a port for oceangoing ships in the heart of their habitat.

Patagonia Undammed Plans to build a massive hydroelectric dam complex in Chile were dealt another major blow when leading presidential candidate Michelle Bachelet said the project “should not go on.” It’s a key victory for NRDC and our local partners, who have been fighting the HidroAysén project for six years. The dams would destroy two of Patagonia’s wildest rivers and flood thousands of acres of pristine forest critical to endangered wildlife. Bachelet has now joined the majority of candidates and Chileans in opposing the project and favoring a move toward more sustainable and energy-efficient alternatives. As political support for the dam continues to dwindle, we will continue waging what has become the longest environmental battle in Chilean history.

Robert Redford, Carole King, Van Jones and others are speaking out against fossil fuels.

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ith the world at a critical juncture in the fight to slow global warming, NRDC has launched a new activism website that aims to help

end our own nation’s dependence on dirty fossil fuels. DemandCleanPower.org is countering Big Oil’s propaganda machine by streaming video messages from a range of cultural luminaries, such as Robert Redford, Julia LouisDreyfus, Van Jones and Carole King, while making it easy for people to make their own voices heard against energy devel­opment that endangers our planet. “Our Members know that NRDC is on the front lines when it comes to fighting for a clean energy future, whether it’s campaigning to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline or preventing Shell from drilling in the Arctic or defending communities from an onslaught of fracking,” says Frances Beinecke, NRDC’s president. “Demand Clean Power is allowing us to build a juggernaut of broader public support as well.” The new website is focusing its first wave of popular activism against the climate-wrecking Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, pen (see Campaign Update on next page). But as Van Jones and others remind us, such planet-saving actions by our leaders are likely only if millions of Americans stand up

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and demand them.

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which President Obama could quash with a stroke of his


Nature's Voice Fall 2013