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It’s bad enough that Bush officials went behind the backs of the >>American people with this disastrous scheme

>>Please FORWARD my message to everyone you know and help block
>>this outrageous giveaway of our natural heritage. Thank you for
>>doing your part to save this natural treasure. — Robert Redford
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>>Dear Friend,
>>No one voted on Election Day to hand over Utah’s Redrock
>>wilderness to oil companies.
>>But the Bush Administration cynically chose that very day to
>>advance an outrageous plan that will sell off leases for some
>>160,000 acres of spectacular Utah canyonlands to oil and gas
>>While America was voting for Barack Obama and his vision of a
>>clean energy future, Bush and Cheney’s underlings were
>>conspiring to plunder one of the crown jewels of our natural
>>heritage for their fossil fuel cronies.
>>Please register your own opposition right now:
>>The auction of Redrock country will take place on December 19.
>>At stake are world-renowned vistas near Canyonlands and Arches
>>National Parks, as well as near Dinosaur National Monument. The
>>highest bidders will earn the right to turn vast tracts of
>>pristine wilderness into industrial wastelands.
>>It’s bad enough that Bush officials went behind the backs of the
>>American people with this disastrous scheme. But what’s worse,
>>they didn’t even tell their own National Park Service until
>>after the fact.
>>In my mind, this theft of our heritage goes beyond the cynical
>>– it’s criminal. What will be left to give to our children and
>>their children if we allow this administration, in a parting
>>shot, to destroy our legacy of public lands for short-term gain?
>>I hope you’re as angry as I am about this blatant land grab,
>>because we’ve got to stop it — and we have to act fast. The
>>NRDC Action Fund is mobilizing more than one million Americans
>>in an outpouring of protest over the coming days.
>>Send your own message of opposition immediately:
>>Tell the Bush Administration that you will not allow it to
>>destroy one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
>>We’ll automatically send copies of your message to your two
>>senators, your representative and to the Obama transition team,
>>which has signaled their opposition to this disastrous attack on
>>our Redrock heritage.
>>The Bush Administration is racing to complete the auction of our
>>lands before Inauguration Day, which will make sales difficult
>>to reverse.
>>We must fend off this land grab now — before the oil and gas
>>companies can lay claim to the spoils.
>>Those spoils include stretches of Desolation Canyon, which has
>>been proposed for national park status. Bush’s own Interior
>>Department describes the canyon as “a place where a visitor can
>>experience true solitude — where the forces of nature continue
>>to shape the colorful, rugged landscape.”
>>The very idea of oil and gas operations invading these remote
>>sanctuaries — which have remained untouched for millennia — is
>>deeply upsetting. Once the dirty deed is done, our wilderness
>>can never be restored. That’s why I’m asking you to help us
>>sound the alarm and organize now.
>>Tell the Bush Administration to cancel the Redrock auction:
>>Remind them that we the people are the rightful owners of this
>>majestic wilderness and that we won’t stand for its destruction.
>>And thank you for joining with me and the NRDC Action Fund to
>>save these beautiful wildlands for all future generations.
>>Robert Redford
>>NRDC Action Fund
>>P.S. After you send your own message of protest, I’ll let you
>>know of an easy way to spread the word to your friends and
>> . With only 10 days
>>to mobilize one million Americans, I’m counting on you to rally
>>everyone you know to speak out and save this precious wilderness
>>from destruction.
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