Chesapeake Energy donates $26M to the Sierra Club. ???


H/t to Bob Montgomery, my partner in ferreting out the Left’s plans for our fossil fuel demise.

Chesapeake Energy is the second largest producer of natural gas in the United States. They have a large presence in the Utica Shale in northeast Ohio.

So why the heck did they donate almost $26 million to the ultra-environmentalist group Sierra Club? Beyond me, and Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign went into hyperventilating mode when this was discovered. Via the Daily Caller:

The Daily Caller asked Chesapeake Energy spokesman Jim Gipson whether his company’s donations were made with the expectation that the Sierra Club would attack the coal industry, and whether the company has subsidized other green groups that oppose generating electricity by burning coal. Gipson did not respond to the email.

New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg last summer donated $50 million to the Sierra Club for a campaign to *dump coal.*

Could Chesapeake’s payouts be *protection money*? A la “you guys are next but we’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse?” Or do they simply hope to eliminate the competition.

Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks

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February 7, 2012 4:12 pm

Here in Oklahoma, Chesapeake’s founders are known to lean a bit left of center… This isn’t a real surprise. I think they believe it will give them some leverage with the green crowd when they need it. I hope it does… but I really don’t believe it will.

February 7, 2012 5:52 pm

In Britain (home of East Anglia University) they are beginning to wake up. Chesapeake may have thrown $26 million down a rathole because green influence may be waning.–Cycle-25-need-worry-NASA-scientists-right-Thames-freezing-again.html