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Sierra Club Welcomes Bush? Hardly!

Below is a message sent out by the Sierra Club.

President Elect Bush, (and us of course), has a real uphill battle ahead.

Please support snowmobiling fully. Join a club, your state snowmobile association, and the Blue Ribbon Coalition ( http://www.sharetrails.org ). We can win if we all get involved!



Matt
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>***************************GlobalMessage********* ****************************
>THIS MESSAGE IS AN INFORMATIONAL MESSAGE BEING SENT TO ALL SIERRA CLUB
>STAFF, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, ALL GOVERNANCE COMMITTEES, CHAPTER CHAIRS,
>CHAPTER
>CONSERVATION CHAIRS, GROUP CHAIRS, CCL DELEGATES, SIERRACLUB-BROADCAST,
>AND SIERRACLUB-ACTION. PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO SENDER OR FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO
>LISTS WHO HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED THIS MESSAGE. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO
>RECEIVE THESE MESSAGES IN THE FUTURE, CONTACT [email protected].
>************************************************* ****************************
>To: Sierra Club staff and leaders
>Fr: Carl Pope
>
>We have a President. We have a President who can't bring himself to
>describe himself as an environmentalist. One who has publicly declared
>that he doesn't believe you can legislate, or litigate, clean air or clean
>water. One who wouldn't even be President if every county in Florida had
>purchased equally good, or crappy, voting machines.
>
>But we have a President.
>
>President Andrew Jackson once infamously commented of the US Supreme
>Court, "Mr. Justice Marshall has made his decision. Now let him enforce
>it." No Justice of the US Supreme Court was even willing to attach his, or
>her, name to the per curiam decision which ensured that the media, not the
>State of Florida, will be the final arbiter of which candidate actually
>got more votes in that state. But this decision, unlike the earlier one,
>will be
>implemented, and we will have a President.
>
>The Sierra Club is an environmental organization. That is our mission.
>But our means is, and always has been, democracy. We take it seriously.
>When our computer programs mess up, and sometimes they do, we send out
>duplicate ballots to voters who have missed; we change voting deadlines;
>we strive, to the limits of our capacity, to see that every voter can
>vote, and that every vote cast is counted.
>
>Surely the United States can take democracy at least as seriously as the
>Sierra Club. We must resolve that never again will a voter arrive at a
>polling place, and find such long lines that the polling place closes while
>they are standing -- as happened in St. Louis and scores of other places
>this year. (Even my neighborhood Safeway does better.) Never again should
>a voter arrive and find that their name has been stricken from the voting
>rolls, in error, because an election official hired a private company to
>compile a racially biassed list of inelegible voters which was, the company
>freely admitted, "only approximate." Never again should a voter have to
>confront a voting machine so old, so poorly maintained, and so poorly
>designed, that it misses up to 5% of the votes cast. (The US Bureau of
>Standards recommended 12 years ago that these machines should be banned.)
>
>Every vote counts -- every vote counted. Is that really so hard for us?
>When we allow special interests to spend $3 billion to influence how
>Americans vote, surely we can afford the investments to count those votes.
>We have a President. He has promised that he will serve as a healer, that
>he will reach out across partisan lines. No issue will test that promise
>as cleanly and clearly as the environment. Americans overwhelmingly voted
>for candidates who stood up for the environment. In the Presidential race
>every state where the environmental contrast between Bush and Gore was
>placed visibly before the voters by the Sierra Club went for Gore.
>As President, George Bush will determine what's in the air Americans
>breathe. They want the soot, the smog, the mercury, the diesel
>particulates out. He will determine what's in the water our children
>drink. We want the arsenic, the hog manure, the crytospiridium, the PCB's
>out. President Bush will decide whether we save or squander, the last 5%
>of our wild forests. Americans can afford as a nation to save that 5%.
>They are are determined as a people to preserve them for our grandchildren.
>
>These will be the tests that George W. Bush faces.
>
>And he will be graded honestly, I know, because you, the leaders of the
>Sierra Club, will be there watching. You will ensure that every act of
>courage, every omission from cowardice, every visionary look to the future
>and every sidewise glance at a campaign donor, are weighed, and measured,
>and laid out before the American people for judgment.
>
>I am proud to work with you. I am proud of everything you have done this
>year. I know that I will be still prouder in four years. I celebrate
>today the leadership we are ready as an organization to exercise on behalf
>of the future. I celebrate the decision which you, our leaders, are
>committed to provide for our country and the world.
>It will not be easy, or fun. But we will be there, and we will count.

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