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Sierra Club’s “War on Coal” Pays Huge Dividends for its Members
Where are the antagonistic parties who trying to kill the coal industry? They sit on the Sierra Club Foundation Board of Directors. Of the 18 Directors, eight of them directly benefit from the War on Coal. While not one of them is paid to be a Director of the Foundation, the organizations they own and/or run are the direct beneficiaries of a transition away from coal and natural gas.
Sierra Club Board Members With Renewable Energy Ties
Founder & Manager of Environmental Investment Funds Walden Capital Management and Boston Common Asset Management
Managing Director, Investment Banking Division, Barclays Capital
Managing Partner, EcoPower
Director & Assistant General Counsel of SolarCity
Partner, Healthy Planet Partners
Co-Owner and President of Deltex Royalty Company, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer, NEXTracker
Calling All Whistleblowers!
What Others Are Saying About the National Sierra Club’s Corruption
E&E Legal spoke with a local Sierra Club member from Pennsylvania who is very concerned with the exclusivity deal the Club made with a solar company as part of their $750 kickback scheme. According to the Whistleblower, the national Sierra Club has a deal with a private firm in Pennsylvania and the local club was not allowed to participate in the decision making, provide input on the company chosen, and the whistleblower is opposed to the program in general.
Whistleblower from a Local Pennsylvania Sierra Club Chapter
“The Sierra Club has become little more than another corporate front group. Carl Pope [former Sierra Club E.D.] has sold out the Sierra Club’s mission of saving nature and now seems proud of his role as an obsequious and professional Uriah Heep,” as reported by Mother Jones.
Tim HermachFounder of Native Forest Council, a group dedicated to the preservation and protection of all publicly owned natural resources
In an op-ed authored by Strickler, she said: “In 2004 I was recruited by grassroots activists to run, as a reform candidate, for a spot on the national Sierra Club Board of Directors…Still, in 2004, even reformers did not imagine that Carl Pope [Sierra Club E.D.] and his Board of rubber-stamps would partner with Clorox, the manufacturers of deadly toxins that threaten the natural world. Supporting Clorox’s “Green Works,” will not diminish the production of their noxious chemicals. The partnership will allow the kind of green washing with which Sierra Club members, activists and chapters do not want to be associated…The fog of big money, mixed with chlorine gas and the bright lights of power that come from being players in the political game of compromise — has caused Carl Pope and the national Sierra Club board to completely lose sight of the path to true environmental protection.”
Karyn StricklerFounder and President of Vote Climate U.S. PAC
E&E Legal spoke with a whistleblower who was not only a local Sierra Club chapter member but also intimately familiar with the financial interworking of the organization. The individual said that the conflict of interests regarding the Sierra Club’s board members having financial interests in renewable energy companies and benefiting from their “War on Coal” is “far worse” than outlined in an E&E Legal report released in the fall of 2014. The person also said that there is a lot of resentment between the local members and the national organization regarding fundraising. The national group raises significant amounts of money from New York donors for national political activities, and not only do they not share any of the proceeds but they make it impossible for the locals to raise their own money from these same individuals to address environmental concerns close to home.
Whistleblower from a Local New York Sierra Club Chapter
As reported in the Wheeling News-Register, “Cecil Roberts, UMWA president, said affluent people in coastal states are working to destroy those in Appalachia. He placed the blame on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and members of the San Francisco-based Sierra Club for leading the charge.
‘Billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s additional $30 million contribution to the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign is an affront to every working and retired coal miner, their families and their communities. It provides yet more ammunition for an effort that has and apparently will continue to put the lives, health and well-being of hundreds of thousands at risk in Appalachia and elsewhere,’ Roberts said. ‘By shutting down coal-fired power, this campaign is making it ever more difficult for those working in coal mines to keep their jobs, meaning not just a loss of income but also a loss of family health care and other benefits working coal miners earn.’ ‘We may be invisible from the skyscrapers of New York and the mountains of California, but we are here nonetheless. We have long, sad experience with powerful elites dictating what we do and how we live, but we have also learned to fight back,’ Roberts added.”
Cecil RobertsPresident, United Mine Workers of America
Groups such as the Sierra Club in conjunction with their billionaire donors like Michael Bloomberg are colluding with the EPA to destroy the coal industry in America, which would devastate workers who rely on the industry for jobs, benefits, retirement, and more. As retired boilermaker John Roeber explained in an article, “the EPA seems blissfully ignorant of – or unconcerned by – the devastating impact these rules will have on hardworking American families. The ripple effect of these regulations will go far beyond the jobs destroyed when businesses have to choose between laying workers off or closing their doors, and they’ll hit union members and their families particularly hard. As a recently retired Boilermaker, I’m relying on my union pension to see my wife and me through our golden years. But pensions don’t survive unless they can recharge these funds with current contributions from current work. Many Boilermakers work at power plants that the CPP will force out of business; that, in turn, means that there will be fewer Boilermakers paying into our union pension fund, raising serious questions about its long-term solvency.”