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Self Description

July 2002: "The Sierra Club's grassroots advocacy has made it America's most influential environmental organization. Founded in 1892, we are now more than 700,000 members strong."

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.”'

April 2008: "The case was brought by two environmental groups, Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club. They sued Mr. Chertoff last year over his decision to suspend 19 laws that might have interfered with the construction of a border fence in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area in Arizona."

October 2007: Sean Sullivan, a spokesman for the Sierra Club in Arizona, said that “we can secure our borders while we protect our public lands” and that “bulldozing” the conservation area was not necessary to manage the border.

October 2007: At the Sierra Club, which is involved in two suits against the project, Bruce E. Nilles, director of the group’s national coal campaign, said, “I went back through all the rejections I could think of, and none of them were explicitly on the basis of carbon dioxide.” Other environmental groups said they would use the Kansas decision as a precedent in fighting plants elsewhere.

October 2007: Bruce E. Nilles, a lawyer who directs the Sierra Club’s national coal campaign, said his organization and collaborating groups had filed 29 lawsuits and administrative appeals against proposed coal plants. Aside from legal battles, the power industry said rising construction and labor costs and regulatory pressure were contributing to the cancellations.

September 2007: Hoffa and his allies at the Sierra Club and Public Citizen have sued in federal court to stop the government from issuing permits to Mexican freight haulers. Their lawyers argued in court that Mexican trucks pose a danger on the roads and threaten increased human and drug smuggling.

July 2007: About 66,000 households affected by Katrina remain in the trailers at issue. FEMA has replaced 58 trailers and moved five families into rental units. The Sierra Club in May 2006 reported finding unsafe levels of formaldehyde in 30 out of 32 trailers it tested along the Gulf Coast, and some residents filed a class-action lawsuit last month in federal court in Baton Rouge against trailer manufacturers.

May 2007: Environmental groups like the Sierra Club and the Union of Concerned Scientists are speaking out against the campaign, which they say is dangerously misleading to consumers. 'This misinformation campaign is akin to a drug pusher telling people that cutting their addiction is bad for their health,' says David Friedman, research director for the Union of Concerned Scientists' clean vehicles program. 'The automakers are looking into the rearview mirror to another era when we need to be moving forward.'


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Executive (past or present) James W. Moorman Esq. Person May 7, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Carl Pope Person Sep 27, 2004

Articles and Resources

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Jun 25, 2013 Who will stop Google? Snowden revealed what many of us already suspected: Google completely controls the web

QUOTE: What do the U.S. government and Silicon Valley already have in common? Above all, they want to remain opaque while making the rest of us entirely transparent through the capture of our data. What is arising is simply a new form of government, involving vast entities with the reach and power of government and little accountability to anyone. Google, the company with the motto “Don’t be evil,” is rapidly becoming an empire. Not an empire of territory, as was Rome or the Soviet Union, but an empire controlling our access to data and our data itself. Antitrust lawsuits proliferating around the company demonstrate its quest for monopoly control over information in the information age.

Jun 24, 2010 House Approves Legislation That Mandates the Disclosure of Political Spending

QUOTE: The House on Thursday approved legislation to curtail the ability of corporations and other special interest groups to influence elections by requiring greater disclosure of their role in paying for campaign advertising. The bill is intended to counter a Supreme Court ruling in January that the federal government may not ban political spending by corporations and other advocacy groups, like labor unions.

New York Times
Sep 23, 2009 Is birth control the answer to environmental ills? (60-Second Science)

QUOTE: Who gets to set the limiting number for population growth? Who are the targets of restrained fertility and is this just? And, ultimately, is there an ideal number for human population on this planet?

Scientific American
Aug 17, 2009 'The Clunkers of the Power-Plant World:' Old Coal-Fired Facilities Could Escape New Rules (Green)

QUOTE: Many public health and environmental advocates say too little attention has been paid to facilities such as Fisk and Crawford (power plants in Chicago) -- "legacy" plants grandfathered in under the 1977 Clean Air Act and largely exempted from its requirement that facilities use the best pollution-control technology.

Washington Post
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.

Jun 23, 2008 Justices Refuse Checks on Border Fence

QUOTE: The Supreme Court sided with the White House on Monday in two cases involving national security and worries about the environment, strengthening the Bush administration’s drive, at least for now, for sweeping executive powers in the post-9/11 world....“This decision leaves one man — the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security — with the extraordinary power to ignore any and all of the laws designed to protect the American people, our lands, and our natural resources,” Oliver Bernstein, a spokesman for the group, said in a statement.

New York Times
Apr 08, 2008 Power to Build Border Fence Is Above U.S. Law (Sidebar)

QUOTE: The delegation of power to Mr. Chertoff is unprecedented, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service. It is also, if papers filed in the Supreme Court last month are correct, unconstitutional.

New York Times
Jan 29, 2008 FEMA covered up cancer risks to Katrina victims: Documents obtained by Salon reveal FEMA officials ignored scientific advice about toxins in thousands of emergency trailers.

QUOTE: Last summer, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was publicly shamed when lawmakers revealed the agency...put off testing trailers used to house Hurricane Katrina victims for formaldehyde, a toxic chemical. Now, [new evidence shows] that FEMA also pressured scientists to water down a report on the health risks of formaldehyde.

Oct 23, 2007 Environmental Laws Waived to Press Work on Border Fence

QUOTE: Citing “unacceptable risks to our nation’s security” if the fence along the border with Mexico was further delayed, Mr. Chertoff invoked waiver authority granted him under a 2005 bill that mandated construction of the fence.

New York Times
Oct 20, 2007 Fight Against Coal Plants Is Creating Diverse Partnerships

QUOTE: Power companies concede that anti-coal coalitions are indeed becoming more effective — and they describe that as a threat to the reliability of the nation’s electric grid. In their view, building more coal-burning power plants is the most realistic way to meet the rising demand for electric power.

New York Times
Oct 20, 2007 Citing Global Warming, Kansas Denies Plant Permit

QUOTE: Mr. Bremby cited a Supreme Court ruling this year, Massachusetts v. the Environmental Protection Agency, in which the court found that carbon dioxide was a pollutant and could be regulated.

New York Times
Sep 04, 2007 Mexican trucks poised to ride into U.S.: Key lawmaker seeks to halt NAFTA program

QUOTE: Critics say the one-year experiment to test the free-trade measure will unleash a flood of dangerous trucks. It would, they say, increase illegal immigration and drug smuggling and threaten to expose the country to terrorists.

Arizona Republic
Aug 27, 2007 Surfers block Hawaii Superferry

QUOTE: The U.S. Coast Guard used force to secure waters around the harbor where swimmers and surfers created a human blockade that had prevented the Superferry's 350-foot-long vessel, the Alakai, from entering the harbor.

Honolulu Advertiser
Jul 20, 2007 FEMA Knew Of Toxic Gas In Trailers: Hurricane Victims Reported Illnesses

QUOTE: The Federal Emergency Management Agency since early 2006 has suppressed warnings from its own field workers about health problems experienced by hurricane victims living in government-provided trailers with levels of a toxic chemical 75 times the recommended maximum for U.S. workers, congressional lawmakers said yesterday.

Washington Post
Jul 06, 2007 After Lobbying, Wetlands Rules Are Narrowed

QUOTE: the Bush administration scaled back proposed guidelines for enforcing a key Supreme Court ruling governing protected wetlands and streams. These groups argue that the final guidelines will leave thousands of sensitive wetlands and streams unprotected.

New York Times
Jun 19, 2007 Mining revival: a uranium boom for a wary West: Seven mines are open so far in five Western states, including one in Utah.

QUOTE: after two decades of dormancy, the uranium industry is roaring back to life .... [but] "There are concerns because in the past the regulators let the industry get away with murder," says Sarah Fields, chair of the nuclear waste committee of the Sierra Club's Glen Canyon group in southeastern Utah.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 12, 2007 Safe cars versus fuel efficiency? Not so fast.: As Congress eyes a boost to fuel-economy standards, auto industry hints that safety could be compromised. Some experts disagree.

QUOTE: [The auto industry is] pushing a message that implies that tougher standards will force automakers to make smaller and lighter cars that are not as crashworthy as today's less efficient models....[but] Recent research suggests that new technology can make small cars safer and guzzlers more efficient.

Christian Science Monitor
May 29, 2007 Fighting for the Right to Make Big Cars: With ads that pull at the heartstrings of truck and SUV lovers, automakers battle Congress' fuel economy bill

QUOTE: {New ads are] warning that possible new laws could raise prices for trucks and make it harder for safety-obsessed families to get bigger cars...Environmental groups like the Sierra Club and the Union of Concerned Scientists are speaking out against the campaign, which they say is dangerously misleading to consumers.

Mar 31, 2007 Judge Suspends Administration Rules For Managing Forests

QUOTE: The battle between environmental groups and the administration over the forest rules has raged for several years. It centers on changes to environmental protections that had been in place since the Reagan administration. Under the old policy, the government had to maintain viable populations of native wildlife in forests and monitor some populations regularly, while limiting logging and drilling for oil and gas...The new rule -- which gave economic activities as high a priority as maintaining the forest's ecological health -- made it easier to conduct drilling and logging in national forests while weakening protections for native fish and wildlife.

Washington Post
Feb 26, 2007 Activists put CEOs in a fishbowl: More shareholders are combining forces to scrutinize the practices of upper-level management.

QUOTE: As winter winds down, activists of varied stripes are gearing up for a new spring season of shareholder meetings by linking up with allies and upgrading their approaches. They're tapping into new networks, formed in the past three years, to rally grass-roots investors behind various causes. They're also reaping the benefits of new disclosure requirements intended to demystify mountains of paperwork and legalese that have traditionally enshrouded the inner workings of corporate boards.

Christian Science Monitor

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