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Sierra Club to Endorse Obama

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By Juliet Eilperin
The Sierra Club, one of the nation's largest and most politically-active environmental organizations, announced this evening it would endorse Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president.

The announcement was not a surprise: the group's executive director, Carl Pope, had hammered the presumptive GOP nominee, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), for months over his missed votes in the Senate and his support for nuclear power subsidies as a way to address global warming. This week Pope criticized McCain for announcing he supports lifting the federal moratorium on offshore oil drilling.

Tomorrow, Pope will speak at an event in Cleveland, Ohio with Leo Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers, and formally endorse Obama. They will use a giant wind turbine as a backdrop to their announcement, in an effort to underscore the two groups' commitment to renewable energy.

"We believe Senator Obama is the change our nation needs -- he is the leader who will put America on the path to a clean energy economy that creates and keeps millions of jobs, spurs innovation and opportunity, and makes us a more secure nation," Pope said in a statement.

In the prepared statement, Sierra Club president Allison Chin predicted her group's backing would translate into "mobilizing thousands of volunteers around the country for the campaign -- on the phone, on the ground, on the airwaves and online, spreading the message that as President, Barack Obama will lead America into the clean energy future and that we support his plan to solve both our economic challenges and the challenge of global warming at the same time."

While McCain touts his commitment to addressing climate change during every campaign stop, he has angered many environmental activists by voting inconsistently on their key issues and insisting that building dozens of nuclear power plants would be key to reducing the nation's greenhouse gas emissions.

McCain spokesman Brian Rogers defended the Arizona senator's record. "John McCain has a long record as a leader on conservation issues and introduced the first Senate legislation capping greenhouse gas emissions to take on global climate change," said Rogers. "By contrast, Barack Obama voted for the 2005 Bush-Cheney energy bill, which John McCain opposed and even the Sierra Club said did 'virtually nothing to lower our dependence on oil, funnels billions of taxpayer dollars to polluting energy industries, and opens up our coastlines and wildlands to destructive oil and gas activities.' That's not change we can believe in."

One other prominent environmental organization, Friends of the Earth, has already endorsed Obama after initially backing former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) in the Democratic primary. Two other influential green groups, League of Conservation Voters and Defenders of Wildlife, have yet to back a candidate.

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 19, 2008; 6:34 PM ET
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THIS presidential race is about race and BLACK racism. Let the race begin!

Barrack HUSSEIN Obama's church for over 20 years, the BLACK Trinity United Church of Christ adopted the BLACK Value System written by the Manford Byrd Recognition Committee chaired by Vallmer Jordan in 1981. They believe in the following 12 precepts and covenantal statements. These BLACK Ethics must be taught and exemplified in homes, churches, nurseries and schools, wherever BLACKS are gathered. They must reflect on the following concepts:

1. Commitment to God
2. Commitment to the BLACK Community
3. Commitment to the BLACK Family
4. Dedication to the Pursuit of Education
5. Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence
6. Adherence to the BLACK Work Ethic
7. Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect
8. Disavowal of the Pursuit of "Middleclassness"
9. Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the BLACK Community
10. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting BLACK Institutions
11. Pledge allegiance to all BLACK leadership who espouse and embrace the BLACK Value System
12. Personal commitment to embracement of the BLACK Value System.

Please read the "BLACK Value System" again -- only this time, substitute the word "White" for "BLACK."

If your church had such a "White Value System" Jesse and Al and the NAACP would have 10,000 demonstrators out front in a heartbeat."

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I would suppose that in the current administrations glee about stuffing the pockets of certain Maine-Texas-Wyoming-Saudia Arabian families they forgot one important bit of news about endorsing Alaska Oil and further drilling for that black gold. This bit of information has been around for a long time, namely that the OIL companies sell this AK OIL and NATURAL GAS TO japan BECAUSE OF THE HIGH SULFUR CONTENT. Why does anybody think that this oil will be comming stateside? not going to JAPAN? Why does anybody think that the refiners care either???

Posted by: Jubilee2 | June 24, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

THIS presidential race is about race and black racism. Let the race begin!

Obama's church for over 20 years, Trinity United Church of Christ adopted the BLACK Value System written by the Manford Byrd Recognition Committee chaired by Vallmer Jordan in 1981. They believe in the following 12 precepts and covenantal statements. These BLACK Ethics must be taught and exemplified in homes, churches, nurseries and schools, wherever BLACKS are gathered. They must reflect on the following concepts:

1. Commitment to God
2. Commitment to the BLACK Community
3. Commitment to the BLACK Family
4. Dedication to the Pursuit of Education
5. Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence
6. Adherence to the BLACK Work Ethic
7. Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect
8. Disavowal of the Pursuit of "Middleclassness"
9. Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the BLACK Community
10. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting BLACK Institutions
11. Pledge allegiance to all BLACK leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value System
12. Personal commitment to embracement of the BLACK Value System.

Please read the "BLACK Value System" again -- only this time, substitute the word "White" for "BLACK."

If your church had such a "White Value System" Jesse and Al and the NAACP would have 10,000 demonstrators out front in a heartbeat.

Posted by: This Race is About Race! | June 24, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

The Sierra Club has been laboring for many years to help Americans be aware environmentally. And what difference have all of you critics made? Do you even care that we are wasting this earth's gifts?Oil and gas are finite, and what happens when it's all gone??
All of you hypocritical ostriches need to learn what is going on!

Posted by: Colleen Butterfield | June 24, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

What a surprise! He can get all the endorsements from all the save the butterflies groups and come Nov. they will see what really matters to most Americans. The more the real Obama exposes himself ("and did I mention he's black" speech), the more people are second guessing themselves. Give him enough rope and he'll hang himself.

Posted by: Cindy | June 24, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Osama vote for the cheney energy bill, dosen't the sierra club knows that. How
about the global poverty bill which is the only bill ever that the empty suit sponsor,
it is mainly to benefit Africa and imposes a mandatory tax on us, and we will have no conrol of such a bill because on purpose
the United Nations, will over see the bill.
It is a horrible bill sticking it to us, we already spend 340B in moneys for the poor around the world! I'm disgusted with
this endorsement and I will cancel my
membership and donations to the sierra club. I will never ever cast my vote for the false second coming.

Posted by: amurcia | June 24, 2008 4:13 AM | Report abuse

I'm afraid of how black obama is. I think he not only does not recycle, he actually picks the recycled stuff out of his neighbor's bin and throws it in the trash. And his terrorist fist jab is actually a secret message to his minions to crank up their air conditioners to 64 degrees and stuff children down the garbage disposal. I heard it on FOX NEWS! It must be true!

IDIOTS

Posted by: Hater | June 23, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama is nothing new. It is Jimmy Carter again. This time, younger and with a different color of skin. Folks, we had 3 recessions in the 70's all due to Carter's policies of higher taxes resulting in much less income to the government. A foreign policy by Carter that taught the extremist Arabs that they could get away with attacking America with impunity. The real change that Obama and the leftists are bringing, will be an economic depression and they will scapegoat their incompetancies by blaming every one of their failings on the past Bush administration.

Posted by: Robert | June 23, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey. Mccain is fighting the pork projects.

Posted by: Jordy | June 23, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I'M all for the environment, but if we don't
wake up in this country, we won't have any
roses to smell. Sierra Club no donations from me. The Obama's are the worst political
team for the White House in the history of US. THIS COUPLE IS SCARY, IF YOU THINK TIMES
ARE BAD NOW...WAIT TILL THEY ARE IN THE BIG
HOUSE. THE LIGHTS WILL BE OUT IN THIS COUNTY
IN MORE WAYS THAN WE CAN IMAGINE. PEOPLE
WAKEUP. STOP DRINKING THE KOOLAIDE! we need
to start drilling we are already 20yrs late.

Posted by: J Johnson | June 22, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Re: "They will use a giant wind turbine as a backdrop to their announcement." You mean Carl Pope?

Translation: Open-Border Club announces support for one of the open-border candidates. Huge surprise.

Posted by: tma_sierrahills | June 21, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Obama is coming! The Clintons, Bushes, McCains just don't cut it.

Posted by: DenisR | June 20, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse


Another backing for " Flip Flop "

Posted by: wakeupamerica | June 20, 2008 2:04 AM | Report abuse

SC is so OLD 19th...

want 21st?... check out Brazil...

dont want 21st?

HugaBama

Posted by: aw | June 20, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

isn't Sierra Club...like 19th century...

hugga Bama!..

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

SC..is still basing itself on OLD POLITICS..
..OLD REALITY!!.. not even acknowledging the billions spent on tech..


HUG a TREE. hug old reality....HUG OBAMA!!!

Posted by: aw | June 20, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama has a positive record on the environment, so it's no surprise he received the endorsement of the Sierra Club. Obama will continue to get more endorsements as his presidential campaign progresses. Daily updates on endorsements for Obama and other news related to Barack Obama can be found on the website,
http://www.barack-obama-president.com

Posted by: Sheldon | June 20, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Its a big WOW for OBAMA!!!!

please visit this site: http://www.newsendorser.com

Posted by: newsendorser | June 19, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

SC is usually rational-sounding, but I always had concerns about the immigration thing. Still, they're better than nothing. Also, unlike most orgs, members can vote.

Posted by: Mark.Hinds | June 19, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

nuclear plan is stupid, you have all this toxic waste you can never get rid of! mccain is looking for simple solutions to complex problems, frustrated republican

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Here's a fun story about Carl Pope of the SC: a donor who gave them $100 million told Pope that if they ever came out against immigration, the SC would never get another dime from him.

Guess what?

When some challengers wanted to reinstate the SC's policy of opposing MassiveImmigration to the U.S., Carl Pope fought tooth and nail against them. There was even a smear campaign against the challengers, with one of them being called a WhiteSupremacist. Except, the person who was called a WhiteSupremacist is black.

Even the Los Angeles Times covered this story:

http://lonewacko.com/blog/archives/002126.html

When you hear the SC, check to make sure there's something other than concern for the environment involved.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | June 19, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Whatever do you people have against a clean environment? Are you just oinkers, or what?

Posted by: ALLEN | June 19, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

We don't want no stinkin Obama.

Posted by: Mike | June 19, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

with friends like those ecomaniacs who needs enemies

Posted by: wonderer | June 19, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse


The "Tree Huggers" like this club have to be upset about the Alaskan Wildlife Reserves!

China is Drilling 75 Miles off our coast! What are we doing!?

McCain has a Long Term Strategy. MegaBam (Obama) once again only condemns the Solutions of his opponent and once again, offers no counter solution.

At Least McCain is actually thinking about the people! He's willing to Compromise (Bipartisanship) even though it doesn't make sense! The Drilling in Alaska is NOT a long term solution for America, PERIOD. Only McCain is offering Long Term Solutions to ensure that America NEVER suffers dependency on other countries again...

So Dumb-o-Crats what happens after Alaska is dry?!?!? Then What!?? They have NO plan, No Solution. Where is the counter plan?!?

McCain 08'

Posted by: Not a Pawn to MegaBam and the ObamaCons! | June 19, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

no doubt they came to an endorsement while they divied up the latest Old Growth Forrest Mountaintop in which to build another 10,000 foot "VACATION CABIN" property... whilst having an endangered species bar-b-cue.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | June 19, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain's flip flop to urge drilling off our protected coastline is pandering pure and simple. He knows better. It won't make a whiff of difference in oil prices near term or long term. It's a shame. I have to admit that I have admired John McCain for a long time -- I even voted for him in 2000 -- but this move to help Big Oil suggests he's thinking more like Bush and Cheney than like the John McCain I thought I knew. In fact, he just proved that the Sierra Club was absolutely right to endorse Obama.

Posted by: eantebi | June 19, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

NOOOOOOOOObama and NOOOOOOOOOOmichelle

Posted by: Fred | June 19, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh God how funny,so now with the Sierra
Club endorsing Barack Hussein Obama,does
that mean we also now have both a fancy
"Obama the Musical" and "Obama the Tree
Hugger!" as well? So here is what I think
of the Sierra Club after it tried to smear
Senator John McCain,now whenever I get an
email or letter from the Sierra Club,it goes directly into the trash unopened and
that is how little influence the Sierra
Club has left nowdays. NOBAMA!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | June 19, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow! The Sierra Club must have dithered long and hard over backing a Democrat.

Posted by: MITCHS | June 19, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh chit! The tree huggers are gonna ruin it for Obama. I like Barak but can't stand those scummy "better than thou" ecoerrorists. Soom it will be save the whales for Obama and broccoli loves for Obama, and Lesbians for Obama...

Posted by: Gloom and Doom | June 19, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama doesnt even recycle at his own home.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

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