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Carl Pope is the former Executive Director of the Sierra Club, an American environmental organization founded by conservationist John Muir in 1892. Pope was appointed to his position as Executive Director in 1992, and served until January 20, 2010, when he was succeeded by Michael Brune.[1] Pope is now the executive chairman of the Sierra Club. 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.[2] Pope is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, a progressive website founded by Arianna Huffington. In 2004 he published a book with Paul Rauber called Strategic Ignorance: Why the Bush Administration Is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress.[3] On June 7, 2006, in Washington, D.C., Carl Pope, along with labor leader Leo Gerard, announced the formation of the United Steelworkers' and Sierra Club's Blue/Green Alliance, after five years of negotiations between the two groups.[4] The alliance focuses on interrelated issues that both organizations feel are important, including: a clean environment, better jobs, and a safer world.[5] In July, 2008, Pope stated in a televised interview on the satirical "news" program The Colbert Report that he believed Bryce Canyon National Park may be bi-sexual.[6] Pope recently expressed support for the Pickens Plan, an effort by T. Boone Pickens to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. Pickens, a billionaire oil investor, Republican, and financier of conservative causes, took Pope, via his $60 million private plane, to his ranch in west Texas, where Pickens and a group of investors plan to invest $12 billion in wind turbines.[7] In January 2009, Pope had announced his intention to step down from the post of Executive Director, effective upon the hiring of a successor. Pope will continue with the Sierra Club in the position of Chairman and will focus on climate change.[8] See also Sierra Club Green Home (website) References ^ Sierra Club (January 20, 2010). "Carl Pope to Step Down as Executive Director of Sierra Club". Press release. http://action.sierraclub.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=154481.0. Retrieved 2010-01-20.  ^ "Notable Former Volunteers / Nonprofit and Development". Peace Corps. http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whatispc.notable.npanddev. Retrieved 2008-08-19.  ^ Pope, Carl; Rauber, Paul (2006-05-04). Strategic Ignorance: Why the Bush Administration Is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress. Sierra Club Books. ISBN 1-57805-125-8.  ^ Sierra Club (June 7, 2006). "Sierra Club, United Steelworkers Announce 'Blue-Green Alliance'". Press release. http://www.sierraclub.org/pressroom/releases/pr2006-06-07.asp. Retrieved 2008-08-19.  ^ United Steelworkers (June 7, 2006). "USW and Sierra Club Announced ‘Blue/Green Alliance’". Press release. http://www.usw.org/usw/program/content/2650.php. Retrieved 2007-05-25.  ^ Colbert Report (July 21, 2008). "Carl Pope on "Better know a Lobby"". Press release. http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/176354/july-21-2008/better-know-a-lobby---the-environmental-lobby.  ^ "Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens wants to supplant oil with wind". Usa Today. 2008-07-11. http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/2008-07-08-t-boone-pickens-plan-wind-energy_N.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-19.  ^ Sierra Club (January 23, 2009). "Carl Pope to Step Down as Executive Director of Sierra Club". Press release. http://action.sierraclub.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=87321.0. Retrieved 2009-01-23.  External links Carl Pope's weblog, Taking the Initiative Blue/Green Alliance website Persondata Name Pope, Carl Alternative names Short description Date of birth Place of birth Date of death Place of death