Sierra Club Under Fire In Immigration Debate

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A Sierra Club member staged a small protest Monday calling for the resignation of the environmental group’s executive director, accusing him of accepting money from a donor in exchange for halting the group’s discussion of immigration policy.

James McDonald, a 60-year-old Springfield attorney, said Carl Pope accepted more than $100 million from California donor David Gelbaum in 2001 only after promising Gelbaum the club would stay out of the immigration debate. Pope and leaders of the venerable conservation group called McDonald’s allegations ridiculous.

Gelbaum, the donor, was quoted last year by The Los Angeles Times as saying: “I did tell Carl Pope in 1994 or 1995 that if they ever came out anti-immigration, they would never get a dollar from me.”

Pope acknowledged that Gelbaum did make clear his position on the issue, but said it had nothing to do with the club’s decision to stay out of the debate.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that overpopulation has serious side effects on the environment. The United States is headed in that direction. (read post)

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