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[GreenYes] Fw: Clarification of Support for ASES report and MSW Policy

Dear GRRN, CRRA-GRC and Sierra Club Conservation Committees:

Sorry it has taken a little bit of time to get all of you an official
Sierra Club response over the emails regarding Carl Pope, Executive
Director of the Sierra Club comments regarding the report titled
"Tackling Climate Change in the U.S.: Potential Carbon Emissions
Reductions from Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by 2030".

The Sierra Club has reinstituted their national committee that works on
solid waste issues. Our Committee, now called the Zero Waste Committee
is in the process of working on a wide range of issues and creating
several EPR Campaigns*. If you are a Sierra Club member you are welcome
to join our Forum where we will be discussing zero waste and extended
producer responsibility policies and implementation. For more
information about the new Sierra Club Zero Waste Committee go to To join the team
working on zero waste and extended producer responsibility initiatives
join our discussion group by signing up at the "Members-Only list
subscription page": If
you are not a member, please go to the main Sierra Club website and
follow the instruction on becoming a member and then how to join a

* Our EPR Campaigns will be available to the public, soon, at -


Ann Schneider
Chair, Zero Waste Committee
Environmental Quality Strategy Team
Sierra Club
Millbrae, California

The ASES report can be found at:

--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dave.Hamilton@no.address
To: ann.schneider@no.address
Fri, 9 Mar 2007 13:21:38 -0500
Subject: Clarification of Support for ASES report and MSW Policy

Dear Ann,

On January 31, 2007, the Sierra Club strongly endorsed the study Tackling
Climate Change in the U.S.: Potential Carbon Emissions Reductions from
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by 2030. Sierra Club Executive
Director Carl Pope joined eminent climate scientist James Hansen, House
Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, and others at the
kickoff event for the study.

The stunning results of that research by leading experts in the field of
clean energy led us to declare that its underlying data would become the
strategic basis for the Sierra Clubïs global warming and energy advocacy.
That does not mean that we endorse and adopt every single word and
calculation of the report, which is the work of several sets of
from a variety of institutions brought together by the American Solar
Energy Society.

For example, the inclusion of municipal solid waste incineration in favor
of recycling programs in the report is not something that the Sierra Club
endorses now or will endorse in the future. The size of the emissions
reductions claimed from MSW in the ASES study are small and assume that
high quality materials are removed for recycling. It is not the Sierra
Club's policy, but it does not fundamentally change the overall results
the study or our support for its conclusions. The underlying results of
the study will instruct the Sierra Clubïs roadmap, but will not be
absolutely identical to it. The assumptions for our roadmap will not
include incineration of municipal solid waste.

While we did not go out of our way to highlight the Sierra Clubïs
differences with our policy at the release of the study and chose to
accentuate the vast areas of agreement, this accurate depiction of our
stance on MSW is important and our policy is unchanged: "Municipal
incineration is not considered acceptable because of its adverse
environmental and health effects and the destruction of materials that
could be conserved while saving energy through other management methods."
(Sierra Club policy on Municipal Solid Waste, March 14-15, 1992.) See
full policy at:


Dave Hamilton
Director, Global Warming and Energy Program
Sierra Club
408 C St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-548-6595 -- direct
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