Sierra Club: I remember hearing about the Sierra Club when I became involved in the green movement myself, back in Canada. It's a "grassroots" movement, meaning that it grew from the ground up (not organized from top down). Grassroots movements are truly altruistic, they don't actually have alot of power in that cold money based corporate climate over there - it's hard to understand unless you've lived there. In NZ I think so many things are already valued or protected - their battle is over there is very great. http://www.sierraclub.org/
Link for the article which follows:http://sierraclub.typepad.com/sierradaily/2011/04/happy-fossil-fuel-subsidy-day.html
"Apr 18, 2011
"Happy Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Day!
"While you're sweating out the value of those old shoes you donated to Goodwill for your itemized deductions, spend a moment to consider that Exxon-Mobil, Chevron, Valero, and ConocoPhillips paid no federal taxes last year, and all received substantial refunds or rebates. But rebates are just the froth on the bubbly for Dirty Energy. Here's the ugly picture of how taxpayers subsidize the fossil-fuel industry, courtesy of the Environmental Law Institute:
"Yeah, you read that right: For the period from 2002 to 2008, Dirty Energy scarfed up $53.9 billion in tax breaks, with total federal subsidies totaling $70.2 billion.
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Posted by Sierra Editors at 12:52:18 PM
Reposted here on Nonnie's blog.