Sierra Club endorses Kerry for President
On May 11, the Sierra Club endorsed Senator John Kerry for President
of the United States, citing his outstanding leadership in safe-guarding
America's air, water and public lands.
"John Kerry will provide the environmental leadership that has been
sorely missing in the Bush White House," said Sierra Club President
Larry Fahn. "His commitment to environmental progress stands in
stark contrast to the Bush administration's all-out assault on the
environment and its record of putting polluting corporations before
the American public's health and safety."
Kerry has demonstrated environmental leadership throughout his career
in public service, from helping organize Massachusetts' first Earth
Day in 1970 to opposing the Bush administration's efforts to dismantle
environmental gains made over the last century. Highlights of Kerry's
environmental record include:
Advocated strict enforcement of the Clean Air Act and Clean
Water Act, and opposed Bush administration efforts to weaken the
laws in order to let polluters put more dangerous toxics into our
air and water.
Advocated restoration of the Superfund Act's "polluter pays"
trust fund to clean up hazardous waste sites that will be orphaned
by the Bush administration's refusal to make polluters responsible
for cleaning up their messes.
Led the charge against the Bush administration's attempts
to allow oil drilling in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Championed an energy plan that increases fuel economy to
reduce the nation's dependence on oil and supports the development
of clean, energy-saving technologies and renewable energy to reduce
our dependence on other polluting sources of energy.
Advocated for the United States to take the lead in international
efforts to cut global warming pollution, reverse ozone depletion,
protect tropical rain forests, preserve biological diversity and
press for sustainable development.
The endorsement was decided by volunteer members who serve on the
Club's political committee and Board of Directors.
"One of our biggest challenges is to educate the American public
about the Bush administration's dismal environmental record," Fahn
said. "Now, thousands of Sierra Club members in every state will
be volunteering their efforts to tell voters about the clear choice
in this election. They will be encouraging all Americans who care
about the environment to vote for John Kerry in November."