The movement: A fund-raising, litigation and PR machine

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(Published April 22, 2001)


Today, on the 31st anniversary of Earth Day, the environmental movement is at a crossroads. No one can deny its many successes in preserving precious natural resources, but they have come with a price. In fact, some say the environmental movement is fighting for its very soul.

In this five-part series, Tom Knudson, The Bee's Pulitzer Prize-winning environmental reporter, examines the high-powered fund raising, the litigation and the public relations machine that has come to characterize much of the movement today. His stories are based on exhaustive research conducted over 16 months with travel to 12 states and northern Mexico. And what he has found is that the movement established, in part, to combat the influence of the powerful has itself become big business.

-- Rick Rodriguez
Executive Editor

Click the link for more reading on this issue in the special report from the Sacramento Bee.

http://www.sacbee.com/news/projects/environment/
 

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This is true.  The LA Times had an article, in the first section, about the Sierra Club.  In short, they said that the Sierra Club has grown to be the #1 environmental bill sponsor in D.C.  and if you had a bill that you wanted to pass through the legislature, you had better utilize the support of the Sierra Club.

I'm not sure how this is going to pan out if McCain's anti-politicing bill goes through.  I'm sure it won't stop the money.
 

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These are compelling articles and well worth the time to read if one wishes to learn where their dollars go after they're donated, ways to manulipate the system concerning fire dangers due to over abundance of fuel in our national forest, ways of dis-crediting creditable opinions, the results of ignoring these opinions, etc.

Very interesting how the almighty dollar can lure an organization away from its original purpose.
 
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