January 26, 2004
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From: Linda Thom [email her]
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 polarizing issues?
And never mind that over-population is the ultimate environmental hazard.
What's more important to the Sierra Club staff—a healthy environment or big liberal donations?
You be the judge.