Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Saving Wilderness

Update (12/23/08): NRDC reached temporary agreement with the Regime regarding leasing of Utah's redrock country for oil and gas exploitation after filing a suit for an injuction. The government agreed to hold the auction but not award any leases until a federal court can review its action for compliance with applicable environmental rules. The court hearing is scheduled in January.

U.S. Person is back from his African safari, and he hopes to share some wildlife pictures with you after the holidays. (He is asking Santa to bring him a new computer for Christmas!) In the meantime, here is a message from actor/activist Robert Redford about the Charlatan's last minute assault on America's natural treasures:

This morning I appeared at a Congressional press conference to announce that NRDC is filing suit to block the giveaway of 110,000 acres of Utah's Redrock wilderness to oil and gas companies. This disastrous auction is scheduled to take place in just two days -- on December 19th -- as a parting gift from the Bush-Cheney Administration to their friends in the oil and gas industries. Please donate now to help us wage this courtroom battle and win back the unspoiled Redrock wilderness for the American people. At stake are world-renowned vistas near Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, as well as near the Dinosaur National Monument. Even parts of Desolation Canyon, which have been proposed for national park status, will be on the auction block.

Help NRDC win another courtroom battle against the despoilers of America. Contributing to pay for the cost of litigation is a lot more effective than throwing shoes.