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Carl Pope

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September 2004: "Carl Pope was appointed Executive Director of the Sierra Club in 1992. A veteran leader in the environmental movement, Mr. Pope has been with the Sierra Club for nearly thirty years. In that time he has served as Associate Conservation Director, Political Director and Conservation Director....In addition to his work with the Sierra Club, Mr. Pope has had a distinguished record of environmental activism and leadership. He has served on the Boards of the California League of Conservation Voters, Public Voice, National Clean Air Coalition, California Common Cause, Public Interest Economics, Inc., and Zero Population Growth. Mr. Pope was also Executive Director of the California League of Conservation Voters and the Political Director of Zero Population Growth.

Mr. Pope is co-author -- along with Paul Rauber -- of Strategic Ignorance: Why the Bush Administration Is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress, which the New York Review of Books called "a splendidly fierce book." Mr. Pope's other books include Sahib, an American Misadventure in India (1971) and Hazardous Waste in America (1981).

Mr. Pope has also developed a fondness for organizations with the word "America" in their titles. He is a founding member and current Treasurer of America Coming Together, a coalition of many of the largest membership-based groups in the country, who have come together to increase voter participation in electoral politics. In addition, Mr. Pope serves on the board of America Votes, American Rights at Work, and America's Families United, all substantial organizations seeking to build bridges across the progressive spectrum to unions, civil rights groups, women's organizations among others.

Mr. Pope graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1967. He then spent two years as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Barhi, Bihar, India, where he helped communities and families address the human and environmental impacts of overpopulation."

Third-Party Descriptions

November 2008: '“They’ve destroyed the capacity of government biologists to do their jobs,” says Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club. “There has been a huge assault. They’ve monkeyed with the science, forced many scientists out, starved budgets, prevented research findings from being shared, and prevented scientists from commenting to the media.”'


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) America Coming Together (ACT) Organization Sep 27, 2004
Founder/Co-Founder of America Votes Organization Sep 27, 2004
Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) America's Families United (AFU) Organization Sep 27, 2004
Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Center for Community & Corporate Ethics (CCCE) Organization Aug 17, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Sierra Club Organization Sep 27, 2004

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Nov 08, 2008 Bush’s seven deadly environmental sins: How Bush made a mockery of the nation’s environmental laws and values -- and what Obama must do to get us back on track.

QUOTE: It hardly bears repeating that George W. Bush's record on the environment makes his own father look like Teddy Roosevelt by comparison. By taking environmental policymaking away from scientists, and turning it over to industry cronies, Bush has made a mockery of the nation's environmental laws and values.

May 07, 2006 Environmentalists Mobilize Against California Lawmaker: Primary, General Election Battles Confront Republican

QUOTE: A slew of organizations, including Clean Water Action and the Sierra Club, have joined Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund in attacking Pombo's record on endangered species, timber logging and stewardship of national parks...The group, which is the political arm of the Defenders of Wildlife nonprofit organization, recently named Pombo its first "Wildlife Villain of the Year." It has a Web site called "Pombo's in Their Pocket" linking the congressman to the corporate interests that he oversees.

Washington Post
Sep 27, 2004 New Routes for Money to Sway Voters: 501c Groups Escape Disclosure Rules

QUOTE: ...[501c] tax-exempt advocacy and charitable organizations are conduits for a steady stream of secretive cash flowing into the election, in many respects unaffected by the McCain-Feingold legislation enacted in 2002.

Washington Post