A Reader Says Sierra`s Pope Knows Immigration Has Environmental Consequences—He Just Wants To Evade Them
January 26, 2004
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From: Linda Thom
I thought VDARE.COM readers might be interested in
knowing a bit more about the
Sierra Club and the motives of executive director
Carl Pope. I have copies of original
correspondence because I was on the board of a
non-profit that works toward immigration reduction.
In 1997, the Los Angeles Times quoted Carl
Pope as saying immigration
“is not really an environmental issue.” The
executive director for a group supporting population
stabilization wrote a letter to Mr. Pope about the quote
and received the following reply:
“I was misquoted in the
Los Angeles Times. Immigration clearly does have
environmental consequences. What I actually said was
that the passions which have made immigration such a
polarizing issue in American society are not, largely,
environmental—they are economic and ethnic. This means
that when an environmental group tries to sort out a
position on immigration, it has been the experience of
the Sierra Club that we get dragged into a number of
very emotional issues which are not environmental.”
So there it is. Mr. Pope admits: “Immigration
clearly does have environmental consequences.”
But he wants to avoid talking about
immigration—because it`s a polarizing issue.
Have you noticed the Sierra Club avoiding other
And never mind that over-population is the ultimate
What`s more important to the Sierra Club staff—a
healthy environment or big liberal donations?
You be the judge.