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June 11, 2009

UPDATED WITH VIDEO! - Sierra Club's Carl Pope Debates Chevron CEO Dave O'Reilly

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Chevron CEO Dave O'Reilly (left) listens to Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope. Photo courtesy of the Associated Press

As promised here is a video clip from last night's debate - where Carl Pope gets Dave O'Reilly to agree to work with him against the coal industry.

Last night out in San Francisco was a long-awaited debate between our own executive director Carl Pope and Chevron CEO Dave O'Reilly. The debate was organized by the Commonwealth Club. I will now point you toward some good news articles about the debate.

First up - my favorite story on it, from Reuters: "Chevron CEO Says U.S. 2050 Carbon Goals Too Ambitious." Why is it my favorite? Because it includes this excellent back and forth between the two:

Pope criticised U.S. energy regulation for not forcing utilities to buy more low-carbon electricity.

"Well, if you can get the government to move faster, then good luck," O'Reilly said.

Pope replied, to applause: "It would help if you would get out of the way."


Nice!

If you'd like to read a great first person account of what it was like to be at the debate, then check out our Scrapbook blog.

And then there are five other articles up so far:

San Francisco Chronicle
CNN Money article
GreenTech Media article
KTVN TV blurb
CBS-TV blurb (great video included, on right side of page)

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