January 2, 2005: Headlines: COS - Congo Kinshasa: NGO's Environment: Save Maryland Birds: RPCV Mike Tidwell is head of the group sponsoring this Petition to the Maryland Sierra Club Demanding Dan Boone Resign

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Congo - Kinshasa (Zaire): Special Report: Writer and Environmental Activist Congo Kinshasa RPCV Mike Tidwell: January 2, 2005: Headlines: COS - Congo Kinshasa: NGO's Environment: Save Maryland Birds: RPCV Mike Tidwell is head of the group sponsoring this Petition to the Maryland Sierra Club Demanding Dan Boone Resign

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RPCV Mike Tidwell is head of the group sponsoring this Petition to the Maryland Sierra Club Demanding Dan Boone Resign

RPCV Mike Tidwell is head of the group sponsoring this Petition to the Maryland Sierra Club Demanding Dan Boone Resign

RPCV Mike Tidwell is head of the group sponsoring this Petition to the Maryland Sierra Club Demanding Dan Boone Resign

Petition to the Maryland Sierra Club Demanding Dan Boone Resign

Open Letter to the Maryland Sierra Club

We in the environmental community care a great deal about the importance of scientific inquiry, free of political or other constraints. We proudly fight for open, honest debates about the important environmental issues of our time. Many in the environmental community have sharply criticized the Bush Administration for downplaying scientific reports, or sometimes even keeping scientific data hidden from the public eye. For example, several of the most prominent environmental groups in the nation have called for the Bush Administration to allow the scientific evidence on global warming to reach the public. Now, unfortunately, the tables appeared to have turned. Dan Boone, the Conservation Chair and Executive Committee member of the Maryland Sierra Club, is preventing the public from seeing the results of scientific studies dealing with wind power and birds. The studies would likely show that wind farms can be safely built in parts of western Maryland with no impacts on migratory bird populations. If the Sierra Club as an organization is to retain its credibility, it must demand Mr. Boone resign from his leadership positions at once.

Dan Boone, Clipper Windpower and others agreed on the design and execution of a study on migratory bird routes over the mountains of western Maryland where Clipper is going to build a wind farm. Mr. Boone is on record predicting that wind farms on those mountains would devastate bird populations. His rhetoric scared more than one person into questioning the wisdom of wind power. The study was meant to answer the question would migratory bird populations be negatively effected by wind farms built along a long, high ridge called Backbone Mountain in Garrett County, Md. The study is complete, and the answer seems clear we can safely build wind farms along this western Maryland ridge without in any way harming bird populations. This should be a reason for environmentalists to celebrate. We can fight global warming and clean the air with wind power without avian population impacts! Unfortunately, Mr. Boone seems uninterested in this result. He appears to want to prevent wind power in Maryland at any cost. He is refusing to allow Clipper to release the data from the study. He is keeping legitimate scientific findings out of the public eye.

The Sierra Club espouses the many benefits of clean, renewable energy including wind power on its web site, in its printed materials and elsewhere. It has criticized the Bush Administration for promoting fossil fuels over renewable energy. And yet the second highest official in the Maryland Chapter is seemingly doing everything he can to prevent wind farms and thus pave the way for fossil fuel power. This must end. We call on the Sierra Club to demand Mr. Boone resign from all leadership positions he holds in the Maryland Chapter and any other section of the organization.
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Please fill out the form below and click SEND. You do not have to be a Sierra Club member to sign this.

This will add your name to the growing list of people calling for the Maryland Sierra Club to demand Dan Boone's resignation.

When this story was posted in January 2005, this was on the front page of PCOL:

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