I got a letter from the Sierra Club not long after the 2000 election, sandwiched between the usual bills. In an envelope ominously marked "priority," the granddaddy of environmental groups pleaded for "an emergency contribution of $75." Why the crisis? According to the Sierra Club, George W. Bush was going to "sacrifice our natural treasures, air, and water for the profits of special interests." The new regime in Washington was "very bad news for the environment."

Sorry; while the administration does seem to be taking big steps backward on the environment, all the Sierra Club gets from me is a Bushian smirk—though I still support other environmental groups like the Nature Conservancy. I stopped feeding the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and Environmental Defense when they targeted genetically modified crops in a war that looked more social and political than ecological. As part of an activist organization called The Turning Point Project,...

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