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June 11, 2009

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

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."


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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