Normally, I would support our not endorsing Clinton given
his lukewarm record on the environment. However, Dole's
record is appalling, and we need to do everything in our
power to make sure that he does not get elected. A Dole
presidency would almost guarantee that all of the anti-
environment bills vetoed by Clinton would pass quickly if
the House and Senate remain in Republican hands. Therefore,
I solidly support our endorsing Clinton for president.
- Beth Marks, Washington, D.C.
This is a classic example of why all Americans are so damn
disappointed by politicians. We send them off to do the
right thing and watch out for our best interests. But
democracy is not a spectator sport, constituents must be
vigilant. We didn't get what we expected with Clinton, but
our expectations were high. There is no question that
Clinton held the line when Democrats, particularly in the
House, failed miserably to do so.
- Karen Fogas, political chair,
South Dakota Chapter
We all know that he has signed the "logging without laws"
bill - one of the most odious anti-environmental bills in
history. We have been betrayed. Furthermore, Clinton and
Gore campaigned and arm-twisted to push NAFTA through, which
the Sierra Club opposed.
- Margaret Gilleo, St. Louis, Mo.
We will not find a "perfect environmentalist" among the two
candidates. But Clinton is clearly "greener" than Dole.
- Harry Dalton, fundraising chair,
South Carolina Chapter
I am convinced that, after GATT, NAFTA and the salvage
rider, we cannot simultaneously tell the world that we are
attempting to be agents of change and that we support
Clinton. My suggestion: Endorse Ralph Nader. - Charlie Ogle,
vice chair, Oregon Chapter
The next four years present some real opportunity. I think
we will be better able to seize it if we are there with
- Bill Arthur, Northwest regional director,
I always feel there is a price for an endorsement. Is
Clinton willing to pay?
- Bob Warrick, conservation chair,
Nine months ago I would have said no way should the Club
endorse the Clinton-Gore ticket. Given the circumstances and
politics since that time, I now strongly believe the Sierra
Club should endorse Clinton-Gore. - Bob Bingaman, field
Clinton, because he's all we've got. He did right on Mexico
City policy (international family planning) and a lot of
other environmental issues. The race isn't close now, but my
bet is that it will get a lot closer. - George Klein, chair,
International Population Campaign Steering Committee,
Mount Kisco, N.Y.
I do not recommend endorsement of either candidate for
president. Clinton has not shown the leadership that would
inspire an endorsement and Dole obviously would never
- Andy Roeper, newsletter editor,
New Hampshire Chapter
We feel that the Club must endorse Clinton. Despite
misgivings over some of his actions, he is now, and may be
in the future, our last line of defense.
- Mike Binyon, Utah Chapter
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