Sierra Club Policy
The Sierra Club believes the rapid approach of the post-petroleum age requires sober evaluation of environmental, economic, technological and social problems that must be worked through to arrive at the point where renewable energy resources will sustain us.
We believe no energy fuel or system is entirely without adverse environmental effects, but certainly some have enormous disadvantages, sufficient to make them the last alternative the United States or the world in general should consider or accept. Specifically, the Sierra Club believes that the infant and largely unproven technologies for oil shale development, coal liquefaction and some of the various other "synfuel" alternatives should be avoided. They are environmentally extremely dangerous, economically unsupportable, will greatly disrupt our economy, and give the unfortunate and misleading impression that current wasteful energy consumption can continue unabated.
Further, we believe that energy conservation provides one of the cleanest and most expeditious means of avoiding the present known adverse consequences of those technologies and those adverse consequences that can easily be predicted for new alternatives seriously being considered for the future.