As with the case of the Sierra Club and fracked gas, there was and is a real argument to be made that burning coal is killing the planet. But with $26 million in payola from oil and gas devil Chesapeake Energy in its pocket, the Sierra Club thoroughly compromised the role it claimed as an honest opposition player. Anyone with even cursory knowledge of the history of the CIA and FBI, and the means and methods of the NSA, knows that these agencies have acted to protect the imperial prerogative of the rich and powerful and the institutions they control. These agencies exist to crush liberal democracy by any means necessary. And they have done so by posing themselves as protectors of liberal democracy.