Now the odd couple of Carl Pope and T. Boone Pickens will have more time to pal around together.
Sierra Club chairman Carl Pope has retired and been replaced by Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club and former chief of the Rainforest Action Network. See his resignation e-mail below.
So the Sierra Club won’t be moderating.
… Pope now flies in Pickens’ private jet and publicly lauds him. The two are newly-minted “friends,” since Pope needs the famous Republican oilman to lend propaganda value to the Sierra Club’s anti-oil agenda and Pickens needs Pope to ease up on the Ogallala water opposition.
Will the radical Michael Brune be jetting around with the Republican Pickens? Though literally generations apart in age, both are anti-coal.
Check out JunkScience.com’s series on T. Boone Pickens rentseeking:
- The Wind Cries ‘Bailout!’
- Is T.Boone Pickens ‘Swiftboating’ America?
- Pickens gives new meaning to ‘self-government’
- Pickens’ Natural Gas Nonsense
- Picking on the Pickens Plan?
- Pickens hops aboard public health bandwagon
Carl Pope’s resignation e-mail:
November 18, 2011
Dear Sierra Club Colleagues,
After 38 years with the Sierra Club, I am opening my dance card to new partners. In December, I shall stand down as Chairman to undertake a new initiative. My hope is to pull together a broad front of environmental groups, labor unions, clean-economy innovators, mainline manufacturers, civil rights organizations, and state and local officials to insist that candidates for public office in 2012 address the role of innovation, clean technology, and manufacturing in rebuilding the American economy and restoring the American middle class.
I will continue to serve as a consultant to the Sierra Club and to fund-raise on the Club’s behalf through 2012, but this shift in my professional focus marks the close of my career as a full-time Club employee with broad-spectrum responsibility. Each of my previous Club roles, including my tenure as Chairman, has been a privilege and an opportunity, largely because of the incredible staff and volunteer colleagues with whom I have had the good fortune to work. I look forward to continuing many of those relationships — and to building new ones as my role outside the Club develops.
There are simply too many of you to thank and too much to be grateful for. So, for now, let’s just keep fighting the good fight.