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March 5, 2007

March 8 Prairie Lights Reading Features Environmental Strategist Tamminen

Environmental lecturer and strategist Terry Tamminen (left) will read from his new book, "Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction," at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live on the Internet

The free reading will be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Hour-long "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by Julie Englander, air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on AM 910 WSUI in Iowa City, AM 640 WOI in Ames and AM 1010 KRNI in Cedar Falls. A program is also broadcast at 5 p.m. Sundays on 91.7 FM KSUI in Iowa City.

"Lives Per Gallon" has been described as an "unblinking assessment of the true price of petroleum and a prescription for change. The choice is clear: continuing paying with our health, or kick our addiction and evolve beyond an oil-dependent economy."

Tamminen, who was born in Australia, is a licensed ship captain and an airplane and helicopter pilot, managed a sheep ranch, ran a real estate company, operated a recreational services business and assisted Nigeria in the creation of its first solid waste recycling program. He has studied conch depletion in the Bahamas, the manatee populations of Florida and mariculture in the Gulf States.

In 1993, he founded the Santa Monica BayKeeper and served as its executive director for six years. He co-founded Waterkeeper programs in San Diego, Orange County, Ventura and Santa Barbara. He also served for five years as executive director of the Environment Now Foundation in Santa Monica, and co-founded the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic at the UCLA School of Law.

He was appointed as the secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency in November 2003 and cabinet secretary, the chief policy advisor to Gov. Schwartzenegger in December 2004. He has served on the boards/commissions of the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project, the U.S. Navy Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station Restoration Advisory Board, the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Safety Committee and the Wishtoyo Foundation, a group that preserves natural resources through Chumash Indian traditional teachings.

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