The Sierra Club Toxifies Itself—Old Guard Cronies Win, But With Great Damage To The Organization
The Sierra Club results have proved once again
that deep pockets and an unrestricted willingness
to lie can still win elections. The
numbers are in, and they are not pretty:
Elected to the Board
winners are the management-picked slate, presumably
selected for their qualities of obedience to authority,
er, loyalty. The stunning gap of more than 68,000 votes
between the top five and the next candidate shows how
willingly 100,000 members followed directions.
Turnout was 22.67 percent—dramatically up from just
below nine percent last year, but still pathetically
low, and an indication of the
Sierra staff`s continued vulnerability.
to form, the Sierra Old Guard couldn`t resist a lame
attempt at gloating: in the
post-election press release, President Larry Fahn
announced, "Nearly a quarter of the Sierra Club`s
members have indicated they love the Club the way it
winners were the chosen candidates of
GroundswellSierra.org, which materialized as a major
Sierra staff auxiliary in the election and a voice
against US population sanity.
Probably even more importantly, recommendations to vote
for the New Old Guard were also sent by
MoveOn.org, the Democratic outreach organization, to
its 2.3 million members. MoveOn was recently
in the news for receiving a matching grant of $5
million from open-borders billionaire George Soros.
recent Berkeley book flacking for MoveOn`s new handbook
for Democratic activists, Bay Area environmental
activist Tim Aaronson bravely quizzed founder Joan
Blades about why her organization supported the
establishment candidates rather than the reformers. She
answered weakly that her husband did the screening of
issues, not her.
course, Ms. Blades would not want to anger the source of
her recent windfall.
election results have certainly confirmed the Sierra
Democratic Party activist arm, tree division. The
Club`s degeneration into the left and into the D camp,
may bring joy in the anti-Bush quarters, but as an
environmentalist and a
Democrat, I think it`s terrible news for America`s
environment. Democrats will increasingly see the Sierra
Club as loyal supporters of the Party—doormat
material, in other words.
Republicans will view the organization as the enemy.
Neither is good for the cause of conservation.
touting they have advocated a "big tent"
philosophy in their public pronouncements, the actions
of Pope & Co. have been quite the contrary. The
organization has moved away from Americans` widespread
support for environmental protection, and has advocated
socialist causes that undermine its
environmental mission. This insults the tens of
millions of Republican and conservative voters who
care deeply about conserving America`s
the interesting facts which came to light during the
election was the curious—and still
mysterious—contribution of $100 million to the
organization, brought to light by
Dick Lamm and other reformer candidates. Was the
cash a generous shovelful from extremist George Soros?
Or did it come from the
Mexican government in return for a promise to avoid
the annoying immigration topic?
Sierra Club had already
drivers` licenses for
illegal aliens in the state—hardly an environmental
issue—so a trans-border expansion would not be out of
bounds from their viewpoint.
anonymous contribution of such size can be legal is
shocking. The new Board should demand that Carl Pope
come clean with the facts, if only to show that the club
is not acting out of greed alone.
Pope`s trail of
character assassination and lies will not soon be
forgotten. He and his henchmen have created an
unprecedented level of
bitterness and ill will. (In addition,
promises were made to Fresno
Hmong which may prove expensive when payment comes
due.) For an introduction, please see a few examples
named by the reformer candidates:
Stop the Creeping Moral Corruption Within the Sierra
Club, March 12, 2004.
enormous campaign launched against highly reputable
men like Gov. Dick Lamm shows that it now requires quite
a major expense to fool the people. That, in some ways,
is good news.
election will likely prove a Pyrrhic victory. How many
times can Pope & Co.
accuse their opponents of Nazism?
Sierra staff may be breathing easier tonight, but they
immigration reformers are still out there, like
guerrillas, ready to strike again.
She is ready to confess that she had lunch with a
Republican last year.