Over E-mail Transom: Sierra Club Sleeps With Dog, Gets Fleas

Russ Steele

This has come over the e-mail transom several times. It is unusual for environmentalist to be sleeping with a energy company dog. But here are the details:

The Sierra Club disclosed Thursday that it received over $26 million from natural-gas giant Chesapeake Energy Corp. between 2007 and 2010 to help the group’s campaign against coal-fired power plants.

However, one wonders if this was just another form of payola, paying off the greenies so that they would not challenge the gas companies use of fracking technology

Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune learned of the funding shortly after beginning the job in 2010. He moved to end the arrangement. Now the Sierra Club is back in the environmentalist whacko fold, and had started protesting the use of a 60 year old technology that is bring cheaper and cheaper national. Gas that will destroy any possible competitive advantage of alternative energy. NPR:

The boom in cheap natural gas in this country is good news for the environment, because relatively clean gas is replacing dirty coal-fired power plants. But in the long run, cheap natural gas could slow the growth of even cleaner sources of energy, such as wind and solar power.

The Sierra Club has been highly active in opposing construction of new coal-fired power plants and pushing for closure of existing units. Now they are battling hydraulic fracturing, the controversial natural-gas method that Chesapeake and other gas producers are using. I guess the $26 million has been spent! Time to look around for the next sucker.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

6 Responses to Over E-mail Transom: Sierra Club Sleeps With Dog, Gets Fleas

  1. Sean says:

    I’ve always thought it odd that so much bile was directed at companies like Exxon-Mobile and other oil companies since anyone with half a wit would have realized the ultimate outcome of any carbon reduction schemes would have been coal power generation replaced by natural gas and most “oil” companies have much greater gas reserves than oil. The fact that natural gas companies use environmental companies to do their lobbying makes perfect sense. But I don’t think that’s where the real money is for the environmentalists. The real winners from a cap and trade scheme were the traders. How much money did Wall Street and the Financial industry donate to environmental NGO’s so the bankers could collect commissions on selling us the air we breathe? That’s where the real scandel is.

  2. D. King says:

    I knew it! The Sierra Club is in the pocket of big oil.

    (Chesapeake Energy) the company’s operations are focused on discovering and developing unconventional natural gas and oil fields onshore in the U.S..

    I wonder if the left knows that the Hydroelectric dam, (Condit), blown up in Washington state was done to feed Berkshire Hathaway and Warren Buffett? I’ll bet they have no clue!

    “Condit Hydroelectric Project was a development on the White Salmon River in the U.S. state of Washington. It was completed in 1913 to provide electrical power for local industry and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as an engineering and architecture landmark.”


    “PacifiCorp Energy was created after the purchase of PacifiCorp by MidAmerican Energy…”

    MidAmerican Energy

    “As of January 31, 2008, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company operated as a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.”

    Boy, the left is being slapped around a lot.
    Come on back, “Big Daddy” promises he won’t do it no more!

  3. David Appell says:

    Where is your link to substantiate this story? Lots of junk gets sent around by email, much of it untrue or only half-true…. Don’t you feel the slightest obligation to vet this first?

  4. Bob W says:

    I think David may have a little ostrich in his genes.

  5. D. King says:

    Here is an interview with Vahrenholt by Spiegel Online.
    Time to put this hoax to bed!


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