This isn’t the first time TNC has faced controversy over ties to big energy.
Over the years TNC has been accused of “greenwashing” because of their ties to big energy companies. Of course they claim that the relationships have been productive ones that help conserve more land but their ties to BP are really hurting them now. In my opinion their record is a mixed bag. Some of the places they have been able to protect are really important but, in the West, they often continue to graze livestock on many lands even though the lands are not suitable for it.
Here is an older story about how The Nature Conservancy got into trouble with big energy, there are many others during this period as well: How a Bid to Save a Species Came to Grief. Washington Post, 2003.
Nature Conservancy faces potential backlash from ties with BP.
By Joe Stephens – Washington Post