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March 23, 2009

Rolling Stone's Environmental Rock Stars

Rock on. It may not be the cover of Rolling Stone, but the Sierra Club’s own Bruce Nilles is nonetheless a rock star for being No. 74 on the iconic rock magazine’s “RS 100: Agents of Change” list. Nilles, an environmental lawyer and the director of the Move Beyond Coal campaign, has stopped at least 24 coal plants from being built.

Other environmentalists who made the list (which was noticeably lacking in females) include agriculture advocate Wes Jackson (No. 93), Green Collar Economy author Van Jones (No. 89), editor and physicist Joseph Romm (No. 88), mod designer Philippe Starck (No. 87), billionaire and electric-car advocate Elon Musk (No. 86), urban planner Mitchell Joachim (No. 83), eco-singer Neil Young (No. 79), electric-car entrepreneur Shai Agassi (No. 77), biofuel pioneer Craig Venter (No. 71), food-ag journalist Michael Pollan (No. 69), governator Arnold Schwarzenegger (No. 61), Walmart green adviser Amory Lovins (No. 56), Bonnarroo planners Rick Farman and Jonathan Mayers (No. 54), climate-change activist Jessy Tolkan (No. 45), bioengineer Jay Keasling (No. 40), geoengineer Ken Caldeira (No. 36), coal fighter Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (No. 34), energy secretary Steven Chu (No. 24), Al Gore (No. 18), solar-energy guru Nate Lewis (No. 17), “climate czarina” Carol Browner (No. 16), and Rep. Henry Waxman (No. 6).

Oh, and this guy named Barack Obama. He came in first.

--Avital Binshtock

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