Why the Sierra Club is fighting Mark Zuckerberg
The environmental group doesn't 'like' Facebook's founder for his advocacy of expanded oil drilling.
Facebook (FB) founder Mark Zuckerberg is getting into hot water with progressive groups such as the Sierra Club. This time, it's not over his company's privacy issues but because of his private advocacy work.
Zuckerberg and Facebook are coming under fire from activists over his funding of the immigration-reform group Fwd.us (pronounced "forward us") because the group has bankrolled TV ads that critics say give voice to support for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and for expanding the Keystone XL pipeline, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Sierra Club is asking fans to "like" and share a post that reads, "Zuckerberg promoting dirty fuels? DISLIKE," which features a large thumbs-down icon dripping with oil.
The campaign against Zuckerberg follows a somewhat convoluted path. The Facebook CEO has funded Fwd.us, which in turn supports two other groups -- Americans for a Conservative Direction and the Council for American Job Growth -- which are spending millions on TV spots that feature conservatives such as Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., according to Think Progress.
Neither Zuckerberg nor Facebook are shown supporting the causes in the commercials. One spot features Graham speaking about the Keystone pipeline and other issues, while a second ad endorses Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, and his support for oil drilling in the ANWR.
That led to a protest on Wednesday at Facebook's headquarters, with a small group demanding that Zuckerberg pull the commercials. Some protestors donned white "hazmat" suits worn by hazardous waste cleanup crews and chanted, "Keystone, take a hike. Facebook dislike," the Times notes.
While other supporters of Fwd.us include Bill Gates -- chairman of MSN moneyNOW owner Microsoft (MSFT) -- and Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn (LNKD), Zuckerberg appears to be taking most of the heat.
That could be partly because of Zuckerberg has served as a public face of Fwd.us, writing an op-ed article for The Washington Post. He's also the wunderkind that some people love to hate, the 28-year-old billionaire with a goofy grin who's blamed for Facebook's privacy issues. Worse in the minds of environmental group, he's backtracking from his public support for clean, renewable energy.
Facebook declined to comment, according to the Times.
"Mark Zuckerberg can't have it both ways," Becky Bond, political director of progressive group Credo Mobile, told the paper. "He can't be for Keystone XL and for clean energy at the same time."
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How dare him have a different opinion than the liberals. Doesn't he know they run this country?
Sure he can be for both. Gives fuel independence options.
Only extreme zealots would demand one or the other. Isn't
demanding orthodox adherence to the rules what these groups
always complain about when they talk about religious organizations?
You are not Facebook's customer---you are the product. I'm not on FB.....I have real friends to speak with face to face, eye to eye.
We need to explore renewables that aren't worse than the problems they are supposed to assist with. For example wind turbines of 300 - 500 feet (30 - 50 stories) are not green.
They are noisy, cause light flicker for hours each day for miles around.
They require the land be totally stripped of all foliage, freeway sized roads, tons of cement for a base of 90x50x50 that will never be removed.
Worst of all they are rotating, hundreds in each "farm".
The Sierra Club is saying NOTHING about the on-going destruction of our Rain Forests, to make way for ethanol and palm oil [and for windmills] Brazil is buying up tens of thousands of acres of Rain Forest from cattle ranchers, that have cleared the forest for their cattle. Brazil is planting sugar cane on the cleared land, to make ethanol. The ranchers simply clear more land for their cattle.
The Indonesians are clearing thousands of square miles of rain forest, to plant Palm Oil trees. The oil is used in diesel engines in Europe. Mainly London, England, for their diesel cabs and buses. Hey! Sierra Club! Are you paying attention?? Oh, yeah! Those giant windmill blades have a fiberglass cover, over BALSA WOOD as the stiffner and shape of the blade.Where does BALSA come from? The Rain Forest!!
Look let's get real. Once you foul your own nest which savvy animals know they must not do you don't have anything. It's like your health. We can do a lot more with solar and we can get off dependency on the middle-east as well. We just have to do it.
America was made on people who were self reliant, inventive and didn't carrying on as if the only thing in their heads was a cash register. You can go on defending the indefensible as long as you have clean or somewhat clean air to breath, water to drink and food to eat that isn't contaminated by leaks into the water table that helps plants grown and food that is grown. But when we've polluted everything then what? The timbering industry thought the timber went on forever. Then they found out it didn't. You have to be conscious and make necessary adjustments instead of attacking each other. We are all in this leaking boat together. .
Re-post from another blogger ---- Worth going on every story msn puts out.
Jeff, maybe you missed Congress’ latest change to the STOCK Act. Are you sitting down? They just, very quietly, gutted the law that was supposed to stop insider trading… seriously.
Do you support negative human population growth? No? You're the problem. Not the Sierra Club, not Big Oil, not liberals, not conservatives.
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