Sierra Club is one of the most effective anti-nuclear environmental organizations in the world, with gross revenues in 2015 of $122 million and $75 million in revenues for Sierra Club Foundation in 2016.
War on Nuclear
"Our campaign stressing the hazards of nuclear power,” the then-Executive Director of the Sierra Club wrote in a confidential 1974 memo to the Board of Directors, “will supply a rationale for increasing regulation... and add to the cost of the industry.”
An anti-nuclear Sierra Club leader later confessed to a historian, “I think playing dirty if you have a noble end is fine.”
Conflicts of Interest
In 2012, the Sierra Club admitted it had taken $26 million from natural gas companies — but only after Club activists took the information public.
Sierra Club Foundation board members currently include — or have included in the recent past — the following individuals:
- The manager of Barclays’ renewable energy investment banking;
A Director and Assistant General Counsel for solar company SolarCity;
The founder and manager of environmental investment funds Walden Capital Management and Boston Common Asset Management;
A managing Partner at renewable energy company EcoPower;
The founder and CEO of solar company Sun Run;
A partner at renewable energy company Healthy Planet Partners;
- The CEO of solar company Solaria.
- Sierra Club openly takes money from solar energy companies including Sungevity that benefit from its lobbying for renewables subsidies and the closure of nuclear plants.