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Sierra Club Quiz

by Melissa Meiris

1. What is this man doing?
(a) Playing a heated game of land shark
(b) Trying out for a part in a Hershey's Kiss commercial
(c) Demonstrating his support for stricter arsenic standards

2. Who said, "I think I'm a pretty good environmentalist. Now the Sierra Club might not agree with that."
(a) Vice President Dick Cheney
(b) President George W. Bush
(c) Interior Secretary Gale Norton

3. What is "bud capping?"
(a) Stapling a small piece of cardboard to the top spring of a tree
(b) Separating bottle caps from glass bottles before recycling
(c) Snipping budding leaves from plants

4. If you drive a Toyota Camry 15,000 miles a year, and pay about $1.79 for each gallon of gas, how much would you save every year if the Bush administration implemented tougher corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards?
(a) $200
(b) $500
(c) $1,000

5. Which one of our 22 new national monuments (designated by President Clinton) is home to the highest known density of archaeological sites anywhere in the United States?
(a) Upper Missouri River Breaks, Montana
(b) Canyons of the Ancients, Colorado
(c) Grand Canyon-Parashant, Arizona

6. What percent of all processed foods contain genetically modified ingredients?
(a) 10-20 percent
(b) 40-50 percent
(c) 60-70 percent

7. The Mississippi Flyway is the migration corridor for what percentage of North America's waterfowl and shorebirds?
(a) 10 percent
(b) 25 percent
(c) 60 percent


1. (c) Steve Wilcoxen, a Mackinac (Michigan) Chapter activist, wore his waterdrop get-up at an Earth Day Rally to push for stricter arsenic standards. In March, the Bush administration pulled back a rule that would have reduced arsenic levels in drinking water. But the ensuing uproar embarrassed the administration and on Oct. 31, the EPA announced it would adopt the stricter 10 parts per billion standard by 2006.

2. (a) The vice president said this in response to criticism of the Bush administration's energy plan, which called for drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, opening 1,300 new power plants and increasing America's dependence on nuclear power.

3. (a) In Minnesota, activists "bud capped" white pine forests as part of their fall outreach campaign. The caps, which prevent deer from eating the top buds that are so critical to tree growth and forest survival, are giving white pines a chance to make a comeback.

4. (b) Raising CAFE standards is the single biggest step we can take to curb global warming, and it wouldn't hurt our pocketbooks either. To calculate how much you'd save on your particular vehicle, visit the Club's MPG calculator at

5. (b) More than 5,000 archaeologically important sites have been recorded so far in the park. At the time it was granted permanent park status, about 85 percent of the area was leased for oil and gas development, and existing leases will be honored in the new park.

6. (c) Gene-manipulated soy, papaya, yellow-neck squash, canola, potatoes, tomatoes, and dairy and animal products are on the market, and food regulations in the United States don't require segregation or labeling of genetically engineered products. The Sierra Club supports pre-market safety testing and mandatory labeling of all genetically engineered foods.

7. (c) More than 300 species use the Mississippi Flyway route for migration, and the river system is the water source for over 18 million people. In 2001, American Rivers ranked the Mississippi sixth on its annual list of the 10 most endangered rivers in the U.S.

Photo courtesy Associated Press

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