« Back to All Experts page

Carl Pope

Former Executive Director
Sierra Club


Areas of Expertise:

Carl Pope is the former Executive Director of the Sierra Club. Pope was appointed to his position as Executive Director in 1992, and served until January 20, 2010. Pope then served as chairman of the Sierra Club until stepping down from that position in November 2011.

Pope 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.

In 2004 he published a book with Paul Rauber called Strategic Ignorance: "Why the Bush Administration Is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress."

Recent Posts by Carl Pope

Recent Comments by Carl Pope

  • "This conversation is critical, but it is important to ground it in empirical history. The short answer to the questions is, " 1) Yes, we need carbon "
    Time for a Price on Carbon
  • "With great respect for Dr. Moniz, there is piece of short-hand contained in his summary -- and in the underlying document -- that I think is likely to"
    A Framework for The Green Real Deal
  • "I've received several queries off line and am using this forum to respond.  First, I think that while all of my comments are consistent with the Congr"
    Principles for National Climate Action
  • "Ed, I wanted to flag one technical point.  Cutting US emissions to net zero by 2050 is, in reality, cutting emissions by 80%, because US forests an"
    Principles for National Climate Action
  • "The principles are a useful and innovative contribution to this discussion.  Behind them, however, lie some deeper and important understandings worth "
    Principles for National Climate Action
  • "We are going to have this conversation but we are not ready for it. Begin with fire.  California and the rest of the West have been managed for a c"
    PG&E Bankruptcy Sparks Debate on Policy Implications
  • "The only way to compensate for the personal biasses we each bring to which low carbon technologies are going to decarbonize the economy is to invest a"
    A Realistic Strategy For Climate Change
  • "To restate the obvious, there is enough cheap wind and solar resources around the United States to amply supply enough electrons to meet our 2050 need"
    Xcel Commits to Carbon-Free 2050
  • "  Let's begin with some arithmetic.  Any calculation of the social cost of a set of subsidies needs to take into account not only the costs, b"
    The Problem with Renewable Energy Subsidies
  • "If we think the grid reliability is a significant problem for our economy or society, we should be worrying about downed power lines, which are respon"
    A Reliable Grid Relies on Coal