Sierra Club and Other Eco-Hypocrites: Credibility Lost

By Nancy Smith
The Sunshine State News
February 6, 2012

In its sleeping-with-the-enemy story last Thursday, Time magazine captured perfectly the eco-pretensions of a rich and powerful organization like Sierra Club.

And, sadly, the stupefying gullibility with which they are received.

The Sierra story's lesson: Believe those who profess they worship conservation and environmental protection at your own risk.

Sierra Club, the nation's oldest and largest "green" organization, was busted last week for taking more than $25 million in donations from gas driller Chesapeake Energy over a period of three years, between 2007 and 2010.

What's so wrong with that, you ask? Mainstream environmental groups say plenty. The practice of fracking, environmentally speaking, is destructive to land and wildlife and results in a horrific waste of water. Most gas drillers — and Chesapeake in particular — engage heavily in the practice, pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into it.

Sierra had stated loudly and widely that it opposed fracking.

Michael Brune, current Sierra executive director, claims he stopped accepting donations from Chesapeake and its CEO, Aubrey McClendon, as soon as he was installed in 2010. He told Time, "It's time to stop thinking of natural gas as a 'kinder, gentler' energy source ... The first rule of advocacy is that you shouldn't take money from industries and companies you're trying to change."

You think?


There are no winners in the war on coal

Rebekah Rast
Net Right Daily
January 6, 2012


Recently the Seattle City Council unanimously passed Resolution 31379, opposing the development of coal-export terminals in Washington State.

These terminals would use local railroads for transporting coal to the shore to be shipped overseas, mainly to Asian markets.

However, according to the Associated Press, "mining and burning more coal isn't consistent with the city's goal to fight climate change," said Councilmember Mike O'Brien, sponsor of the Seattle resolution. So the council voted the resolution down.

After all, we wouldn't want any coal dust or pollution to hit the air of Seattle would we?

The coal mined in Wyoming and Montana, specifically in the Powder River Basin, which is the coal that would be transported to Asia, is considered low-sulfur and low-ash coal. Meaning, often times this coal doesn't have to go through a rigorous process to comply with the Clean Air Act. It doesn't emit near as much carbon or sulfur as other types of coal mined elsewhere in the U.S. and world.

Funny how sometimes those of the radical environmentalist mindset forget the world includes more than just the U.S. The coal burned in Asia is going into the air Americans breathe as well. Wouldn't a true environmentalist want all nations to have healthy, clean air?


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