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E-M:/ Sierra Club endorses Gore, and political reforms
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> For Immediate Release Media Contact:
> July 22, 2000 Allen Mattison, 202-675-7903
> SIERRA CLUB:
> ELECT AL GORE; CLEAN UP AMERICAN POLITICS
> WASHINGTON - The Sierra Club today endorsed Vice President Al Gore to
> be the next President of the United States.
> The Sierra Club Board of Directors also voted today to clean up
American politics by: including serious third party candidates,
> including Ralph Nader, in the Presidential debates; getting big money
> out of politics by closing loopholes in current campaign-finance laws;
> establishing effective spending limits; adopting public financing for
> Senate and congressional candidates; and supporting the
> free-television-time proposal developed by the Alliance for Better
> "The Sierra Club endorses Vice President Gore because he is committed
> to cutting air and water pollution and protecting our nation's
> treasured forests and wildlands," said Dr. Robert Cox, Sierra Club's
> volunteer President. "As Vice President, Al Gore helped strengthen
> clean air health standards, sped clean up of Superfund toxic waste
> sites, reduced automobile tailpipe pollution, and protected America's
> spectacular landscapes. This is the kind of leadership the American
> people are seeking in our next President.
> "Governor Bush, on the other hand, has said that if he's elected, he
> will weaken toxic-waste clean-up standards, allow oil drilling in the
> Arctic Refuge, and increase logging in National Forests," Cox
> continued. "When it comes to protecting our environment, Al Gore is
> by far our best shot at a President committed to a sustainable future,
> tested as a political leader, and qualified to lead America into the
> next century."
> The Gore endorsement capped a 6-month process in which the grassroots
> organization surveyed each of its chapters and thousands of its
volunteer leaders. Thirty-nine chapters, representing 413,854
> members, favored a Gore endorsement; one chapter, with 3,006 members,
> supported an endorsement for Ralph Nader; 16 chapters, with 138,236
> members, did not respond.
> "When the Sierra Club asked our local chapters and thousands of
volunteer leaders whether to endorse a Presidential candidate, the
> response was overwhelming: They want Al Gore in the White House,
> protecting America's environment," Cox said. "Our members believe that
> a vote for Gore is the best way to protect our families from pollution
> and safeguard our nation's landscapes for future generations to enjoy."
> The Sierra Club Board of Directors recognized consumer-advocate Ralph
> Nader's record of work for the environment, but emphasized the urgency
> of defeating Texas Governor George Bush as an additional reason for
> endorsing Vice-President Gore.
> "Our members looked at the records of all the candidates," said Cox.
> "We looked at their positions, their records, and their experience.
> Al Gore is our overwhelming choice."
> The Sierra Club, with over 600,000 members, is the nation's oldest and
> largest grassroots environmental organization. The Board voted to
> endorse Vice President with 12 in favor, two against, and one
> Resolution endorsing Gore:
> "The Sierra Club endorses Al Gore for President of the United States.
> We will do everything in our power to help Mr. Gore win the
> presidency. Mr. Gore has a long history as an advocate for the
> environment and we look forward to his Presidency and a new beginning
> for strong environmental protection in this country."
> Resolution on cleaning up politics:
> "Working on the current election is not enough. The single-round,
> winner-take-all political process has problems. We support
> alternative electoral methods that better reflect the diversity of
> public opinion. We need to get big money out of politics by closing
> loopholes in current campaign finance laws, establishing effective
> spending limits, and adopting public financing for Senate and
congressional candidates. We support the free television time
> proposal developed by the Alliance for Better Campaigns. It is
> unrealistic to believe that such changes can be accomplished in this
> election, which will be over in a few months. It's too large a job,
> and the time is too short.
> "Important issues relating to globalization, trade agreements,
> democracy and the environment have been raised in a substantive way by
> Ralph Nader. Sierra Club supports many of Mr. Nader's environmental
> and campaign finance reform proposals. While the Sierra Club does not
> endorse Ralph Nader in this election, we believe that serious third
> party candidates, including Mr. Nader, should be included in
> presidential debates."
> # # #
> COMPARISON OF VICE PRESIDENT GORE AND GOVERNOR BUSH
> ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
> ISSUE: TOXIC POLLUTION
> · Expanded Community Right to Know program requiring companies to
> report toxic chemical emissions.
> · Sped up and increased Superfund cleanups.
> · Seeks to weaken Superfund cleanups.
> · Texas leads the nation in injecting toxic waste into underground
> wells, disposing 60% more toxic waste into injection wells than any
> other state.
> ISSUE: CLEAN AIR
> · Strengthened soot and smog clean-air health-standards, fighting
> legal challenges to those protections.
> · Adopted strictest ever emissions standards for cars, SUVs and light
> · Required elimination of 90% of sulfur from gasoline.
> · Called on power plants to cut their air pollution and global warming
> · Proposed slashing sulfur levels in diesel fuel.
> · Texas leads the U.S. in toxic industrial air pollution, but Bush
> chose not to require outdated facilities to clean up.
> · Texas state officials sought to weaken Clean Air Act.
> · Houston passed Los Angeles last year as America's smoggiest city.
> · When came to office in 1995, cancelled auto emissions testing
> program in Houston.
> ISSUE: CLEAN WATER
> · Expanded funding for clean water programs.
> · Proposed slashing arsenic levels in drinking water.
> · Proposed weakening Texas clean-water standards.
> · Texas leads the U.S. in violation of clean water discharge
> ISSUE: PROTECT WILD LANDS
> · Has a stronger position than the Administration on protecting
> roadless, wild areas of our National Forests. Called for an end to
> all logging in those unspoiled places and immediate protection for the
> Tongass National Forest in Alaska.
> · Enacted the California Desert Protection Act, largest public lands
> protection bill ever in the lower 48 states.
> · Opposes drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
> · Created or expanded 10 new National Monuments to protect landscapes
> threatened by development.
> · Reduced logging in National Forests by 80% since 1993.
> · Extended offshore oil leasing moratorium in California and Florida
> for 10 years.
> · Proposed Lands Legacy Initiative.
> · Supports expanding the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
> · Seeks to increase logging in National Forests.
> · Would allow oil companies to drill in Arctic Refuge.
> · Aims to reverse President Clinton's plan to protect wild, roadless
> National Forest areas.
> · Opposes newly created National Monuments.
> · Supports funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
> ISSUE: CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
> · Supports McCain-Feingold bill to ban soft-money donations to
> · Supports quasi-public financing of Congressional elections.
> · Opposes McCain-Feingold reforms.
> · Opposes public financing of elections.
> # # #
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