Bird-watching with the West Alabama Sierra Club
Sat. 5/4. Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and Bald Eagles. Yes you can! Not far from Tuscaloosa you can see the rare Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and Bald Eagles within the same national forest area. We will travel to the Oakmulgee Division of the Talladega National Forest, where there is a very viewable colony of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in an old growth stand of Longleaf Pine. Then we will go to a local restaurant for a very reasonable and tasty lunch. After lunch we will drive to the area where the eagles are nesting and will only need to step out of our cars to view them! Meet at Books-a-Million at 9:00am. For more information call Dexter Duren at (205) 393-0927.
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Fracking Meeting in Montgomery Held Last Month
April 25, 2013. A meeting was held concerning possible oil and gas exploration rights for the Talladega National Forest. As expected, there were very few definitive answers and more questions remain. While many are concerned with the overall possibility of ANY form of gas or oil extraction from our National Forest lands, the possibility of fracking has many people even more afraid. Find more information on the meeting and general information on fracking here: Channel 42's CBS News team; and here: LocustFork.net. Thanks to Amanda L Pence Melton for sharing photos of the meeting.
SUGGESTED COVER LETTER FOR DISTRIBUTION OF NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES BOOKLET TO ALABAMA ELECTED OFFICIALS
TO: Members of the Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Energy Policy
This letter and the enclosed materials are provided to you on behalf of the thousands of members and supporters of the Sierra Club in Alabama.
In the last couple of years, we've had drought in the South, tornadoes in the South and Midwest, floods in the Mississippi River basin, hurricanes Irene and Sandy in the East, wildfires in the West, and thousands of high temperature daily records across the U.S. Munich Re, the largest reinsurance company, stated North America has experienced almost a five-fold increase in weather disasters over the past three decades, and such events will continue--which means higher insurance rates, poorer health, more wildfires, droughts, floods, and higher food prices.
Several states and other jurisdictions have enacted measures designed to create a better future, in which more jobs are created, public health is improved, and security is enhanced.
To do this here, we suggest there is a need for effective education concerning climate change and what to do about it. To those ends, our members and supporters offer the enclosed copy of the National Research Council's Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts, and Choices and also their brief DVD titled Climate Change: Lines of Evidence. These should be useful in your interactions with colleagues and constituents. (Recall that the NRC is the research arm of the National Academies of Sciences, a non-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. The NRC utilizes volunteer talent from academia, industry, and government to address pressing challenges confronting the nation and the world.)
Regarding climate change, positive steps recommended by the NRC include increased emphasis on: 1) energy conservation; 2) energy efficiency; 3) alternative energy sources, e.g., solar and wind.
On behalf of all Alabamians, we urge you to take constructive actions concerning alternative energy and climate change.
Thank you for your service to the people of Alabama.
(provided by David Newton)
Mobile Earth Day a Success!
Help Save the Black Warrior River!
Please take 30 seconds to Tell The University of Alabama, the major owner of land and mineral rights at the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine site, to protect the river and Birmingham's drinking water: www.AmericanRivers.org/BlackWarrior. You can also read Nelson Brooke's guest blog post on American Rivers website, here.