29
JAN
2017

Ain’t No Stopping Us Now

Maybe I should have entitled this piece after the Talking Heads song “Once in a Lifetime” with the famous lyrics of “You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?” (https://youtu.be/I1wg1DNHbNU)  But we’re not going to ruminate on the insanity of...
04
DEC
2016

A Tale of Two Meetings

The end of the summer and fall were extremely busy for me.  Thus, I failed to publish a report of the September Annual Sierra Club meeting. Therefore, I am going to do a twofer now and provide an overview of both the September and November meetings. This is not the report that I...
11
JUN
2016

Sierra Club Board Meeting Report: May 14, 2016

  First Meeting of the Sierra Club Board of Directors at the New Oakland Headquarters May 14, 2016 Every May the Sierra Club Board of Directors says good bye to Directors who’s terms have expired and welcome new Directors who have been elected or reelected.  We also...
05
MAR
2016

Sierra Club Board of Directors Meeting February 27, 2016 in Los Angeles

Sierra Club Board of Directors Meeting February 27, 2016 in Los Angeles Introduction. The just concluded meeting featured some interesting and historic moments punctuated with various noteworthy events.  We started with an inspiring gathering together with the Sierra Club...
18
JAN
2016

The Dominos Continue To Fall

There are now nine states (18%) with either with no coal fired power plants left in state (or never had any plants) – RI, VT, ME, ID, CA – or phasing out: OR, WA, MA  and now NY.  With the NY State announcement below we are over 50% of the way home in seeing all the...
13
DEC
2015

Chuck Frank 2016 Candidate for Sierra Club National Board of Directors: Endorsements, On Line Questionnaire and Expanded Statement

2016 Candidate On Line Forum Questionnaire 1.  The mission of the Sierra Club is “to explore, enjoy and protect the planet. To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality...
25
NOV
2015

Paris Climate Conference Primer

Starting next week, the Paris Climate Negotiations will occur.  World leaders and their representatives will come together once again to attempt to craft an agreement or treaty that will begin to curve the trajectory of climate warming gases back to a level that will save the...
08
NOV
2015

Pitch Perfect

In case you somehow missed it, President Obama on Friday denied the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline ending 7 years of uncertainty.  Below are links to two videos.  First is his 9 minute statement and the second is a shorter video from the Sierra Club thanking him. I have...
15
SEP
2015

Sierra Club September 2015 Board Meeting Notes

Sierra Club Board Meeting Notes September 10 – 12, 2015 San Francisco It has been a very busy several months for both the Sierra Club and me personally. This spring and fall I spent a large amount of time with my family mostly traveling and enjoying the summer outdoors. The...
28
AUG
2015

Many Items Coming Together At This Moment

Over the summer I’ve taken some time off from writing while paddling, fishing and backpacking.  During this time a great deal has occurred that present an interesting picture of multiple trends that are interacting.  This is causing increased alarm and hope at the same...