Future of Energy: Carl Pope
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Carl Pope, Former Chairman of the Sierra Club
Why advanced, green-tech and clean energy technologies are the key to the America that most of us want, and what the federal government needs to do with Carl Pope, Former Chairman, The Sierra Club
Carl Pope is the former Chairman of the Sierra Club, an American environmental organization founded by conservationist John Muir in 1892. Pope was first appointed as Executive Director in 1992, and served until January 20, 2010, when he was appointed Chairman.
Pope led the Sierra Club's efforts to help protect 10 million acres of wilderness, including California's Giant Sequoia National Monument, and brought litigation challenging the right of then-Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force to secretly hash out energy policy with major oil companies. Pope also co-authored California's Proposition 65, which allowed citizens to sue polluters if they failed to comply with the law. More recently, he helped block 150 proposed coal-fired power plants.
Pope has worked with the Sierra Club for more than 30 years, and has served as a board member for other organizations, including the National Clean Air Coalition, California Common Cause, and Public Interest Economics Inc. He has served as Political Director for Zero Population Growth. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in India from 1967 to 1969.