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."