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“Now Is Not the Time for Ranting”

So says Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy—and former head of Goldman Sachs’ Center for Environmental Markets—in his comment on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Cool Green Science, TNC’s blog. Tercek outlines the TNC’s response, which includes the mobilization of its “shellfish restoration team.” What he does not mention is BP and its responsibility for the Gulf oil spill. BP is a TNC “partner” or sponsor, contributing money to the conservation organization along with ExxonMobil, Shell Oil, ConocoPhillips, and Chevron. The Nature Conservancy has a tricky history of its own with drilling in the Gulf: A 2003 series of articles in the Washington Post detailed the organization’s pursuit of drilling at a Texas City preserve, with deleterious effects on the endangered Attwater’s prairie chicken, the state bird. A recent book by Christine MacDonald, Green, Inc., characterizes the relationship between BP and The Nature Conservancy as “the biggest greenwash in the history of the world.” Is that ranting?
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