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Carl Pope

Carl Pope is the 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. 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, Public Interest Economics Inc., and Community Link Foundation. He has served as Political Director for Zero Population Growth. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in India from 1967 to 1969. Pope is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, a left-wing 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. 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. The alliance focuses on interrelated issues that both organizations feel are important, including: a clean environment, better jobs, and a safer world.

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 to his ranch in west Texas, where Pickens and a group of investors plan to invest $12 billion in wind turbines. In January 2009, Pope 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.