Sierra Club Endorses Gabby Giffords

The Sierra Club has endorsed Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is facing Republican Tim Bee in Congressional District 8.

From the Sierra Club release:

The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club today announced its endorsement of Representative Gabrielle Giffords in the 2008 election.

“We are very pleased to announce today that the Sierra Club officially endorses Gabrielle Giffords for re_election,” said Lynn DeMuth, Political Committee Chair. “She has demonstrated leadership in the effort to support clean, renewable energy and protect Arizona’s wild lands and endangered species habitat. We are confident that Representative Giffords will continue work to protect Arizona’s environment, for our families and for our future.”

In her first term, Representative Giffords has either sponsored or co-sponsored several pieces of legislation to address climate change, water conservation and the preservation of public lands. She has also has fought to ensure an open, transparent and comprehensive evaluation of the proposed Rosemont Mine in Southern Arizona. In addition she voted to revise the outdated and environmentally damaging 1872 Mining Law, as well as to protect the Grand Canyon environs from uranium mining. Her top priority is clean, especially solar, energy.

“I am truly honored to have Sierra Club’s endorsement in this important election,” said Giffords. “The stakes are high in 2008. The challenges to our environment that come from global climate change and a worldwide search for reliable sources of energy are real and immediate. I have no doubt that, by working together, we can and will confront them.”

Along with the endorsement, the Sierra Club will lend its volunteer strength to Representative Giffords’s campaign. Sierra Club volunteers will contact voters on Representative Giffords’s behalf and will speak to the public as often as possible about her environmental record.

The Sierra Club’s endorsement is a multi-step, volunteer-driven process. Endorsement requests originate with the Chapter’s political committee, where candidates are thoroughly screened and often personally interviewed by Sierra Club volunteers. Once approved by the state political committee, the endorsement is forwarded to the Chapter’s executive committee, which then votes to approve the recommendation. Once this committee approves the request, the candidate is officially notified of the Sierra Club endorsement.

The Sierra Club is America’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. The Sierra Club has nearly 800,000 members and 60 chapters, including the Grand Canyon Chapter and its more than 13,000 members in Arizona. The Sierra Club’s purpose is to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; and to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environments.

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