Earlier this month, we noted that Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune recently came clean about his organization's past financial relationship with the natural gas industry. Specifically, Brune admitted that since 2007 the Sierra Club had taken $26 million from Chesapeake Energy, one of the country's largest natural gas companies, to fund the group's Beyond Coal campaign.
But that was before hydraulic fracturing became enemy number one for the environmental movement. Now natural gas money is just as dirty as coal money.
Still, it is surprising just how eager the environmental left was to hop in bed with the natural gas industry. Just this Sunday, The Washington Post reported that the Center for American Progress took $453,250 from natural gas tycoon T. Boone Pickens "to support its National Clean Energy Project events." Here is how CAP billed such events at the time:
This forum will focus on modernizing and expanding the electricity grid, integrating energy efficiency and distributed generation into operation and regulation, rapidly increasing transmission capacity for renewable energy, and reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil by examining short- and long-term solutions to replace foreign oil with domestic resources to fuel vehicles and trucks, including natural gas.
Fast forward to this year and natural gas is no longer an alternative to oil. Here is a CAP headline from last month:
Apparently, on the left, money can buy you love ... but only for so long.