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Dan Becker is the director of the Safe Climate Campaign, which he launched in July 2008. This new campaign fights global warming by:

  • Pushing governments to adopt and implement strong laws cleaning up auto emissions,

  • Pressing automakers to make clean cars and stop fighting sound environmental policies and

  • Urging consumers to switch to clean cars and other clean transportation choices.




Between 1989 and 2007, Dan was Director of the Sierra Club's Global Warming Program. He developed and implemented advocacy and media strategies for Sierra Club grassroots volunteers, national and regional staff and federal decision makers. Dan developed and led Sierra Club’s efforts to reach out to labor unions and served as the “green” co-chair of the resulting Blue-Green Alliance with the United Steelworkers Union.

Dan began his career working for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch. As Director of Research he designed and directed studies on campaign finance, automotive safety and corporate responsibility and lobbied in support of numerous consumer and environmental issues. Subsequently, he worked as campaign coordinator for consumer advocate Mark Green's 1980 congressional campaign in New York City.

After earning his law degree from Northeastern University Law School, Dan became chief lobbyist for Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG), the largest public interest organization in Massachusetts. There he developed and implemented strategies to pass environmental and consumer protection legislation.

Prior to joining the Sierra Club in 1989, Dan was Legislative Counsel for Environmental Action, where he helped win passage of the federal Superfund law to clean up toxic waste and worked to pass a strengthened Clean Air Act.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed Dan to the Presidential Advisory Committee on Personal Motor Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Reductions ("Car Talks"). On the panel, Dan was instrumental in assembling a working majority of the Committee. He then played a key role in developing and drafting the Majority Report to the President.

Dan has been recognized by foe and friend alike. Automotive News, Detroit’s trade magazine, named Dan to its list of top 10 Washington players who most affect the auto industry. Rolling Stone magazine and Salon.com have named Dan one of the world’s 28 “Climate Heroes,” along with Tony Blair, Al Gore and James Hansen.

Entries by Dan Becker

For Detroit, Size Matters: Will Automakers Latch on to Loopholes and Undercut New Emissions Rules?

(7) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 3:29 PM

Coauthored by Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

Launching its biggest environmental accomplishment, the Obama administration has proposed rules that would determine how far 2025 cars go on a gallon of gas and how much global warming pollution they emit.

Surprisingly, the auto companies support the strong rules. Even more surprisingly,...

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The Best Remedy for the Price of Gas

(13) Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 4:08 PM

This post was co-authored by James Gerstenzang, editorial director of the Safe Climate Campaign.

There is no magic wand that will bring down the price of gasoline, which has once again crossed the $4 mark in California. But there is a long-term solution that will inoculate us from higher...

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The Brother-in-Law of All Bailouts

(13) Comments | Posted October 17, 2008 | 5:32 PM

While the nation's attention was focused on that other bailout, Congress and the President awarded automakers $25 billion in taxpayer-subsidized loan guarantees. The money is supposed to pay for up to 30% of the costs of retooling factories to make vehicles that get at least 25% better gas mileage than...

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Fox News Warms Up to Climate Change

(18) Comments | Posted November 11, 2005 | 1:10 AM

What do the Sierra Club, Communist China, and now Fox News have in common? They all recognize the threat of global warming, and are discussing solutions to the problem.

When Fox News called me for an interview for their new report on Global Warming, I’ll admit I thought it was...

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