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Your Choice: A Green America Or A Brown America
By Ann Coulter
April 19, 2017

The Sierra Club
By Activist Cash

Sierra Club: Agendas, Activities, and Worldviews
By Jacob Laksin

Sierra Club Sellout Worse than Ever
By Brenda Walker
April 10, 2008

Sierra Club Leadership: Who They Are 
June 2003

The Sierra Club’s Profitable Descent into Leftism
By Brenda Walker
Spring 2011

Greens Threaten American Indian Prosperity
By William Yeatman and Jeremy Lott
August 28, 2009

The Sierra Club Racially Disparages Its Mostly White Membership
By Brenda Walker
August 4, 2009

Clinton Accepts Blame for ‘Global Warming’ Role, Ponders Link Between Climate Change and Family Planning
By Patrick Goodenough
July 20, 2009

The Greens Hate Energy, America, and You
By Alan Caruba
March 16, 2009

Drilling Rebels Keep Fighting During Republican Convention
By Connie Hair
September 2, 2008

Environmentalists' Hold on Congress
By Walter Williams
July 30, 2008

Georgia Gets Green 'Justice'
By Steven Milloy
July 7, 2008

Greens against Nuclear Energy (pdf)
By Tom Csabafi
May 2008

CEI Fights Sierra Club Demands for CO2
By Richard Morrison
April 3, 2008

Humpty Dumpty Policies
By Paul Driessen
February 10, 2008

Enemies of the Poor
By Roy Innis
June 2, 2007

"Energy Independence" A Formula For Attacking Energy Production
By James Dellinger
January 2007

Union, Environmentalists Form 'Blue-Green Alliance'
By Randy Hall
June 8, 2006

Labor Union and Environmental Group Join Forces
By CNSNews.com
June 5, 2006

Greens vs. Illegals
By Andrew Walden
May 4, 2006

The Fearmongers
By FishScam.com

Sierra Stalinists Prepare to Purge . . . Me!
By Brenda Walker
February 3, 2005

Sierra Club Puppeteer: Long-Suspected Scandal Revealed
By Brenda Walker
February 2, 2005

Democracy Has Day in Court
By Brenda Walker
February 1, 2005

The Greens' Favorite Terrorist
By Thomas Ryan
May 4, 2004

The Sierra Club Toxifies Itself
By Brenda Walker
April 21, 2004

Sierra Club Stalinists Prepare to Purge VDARE.com's Brenda Walker
By Brenda Walker
April 10, 2004

The Sierra Staff Strikes Back, With Some Help from the SPLC
By Brenda Walker
January 27, 2004

Save the Sierra Club from the Treason Lobby -- Act Now
By Brenda Walker
January 8, 2004


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  • One of the America’s most influential radical environmentalist groups
  • Deems technological progress inherently harmful to the natural environment
  • Elected eco-terrorist Paul Watson to its board of directors in 2003
  • Assets: $88,509,397 (2009)
  • Grants Received: $38,898,329 (2009)
  • Grants Awarded: $40,734,048 (2009)

Founded in 1882 by Scottish immigrant John Muir, the Sierra Club today ranks among America's most influential environmentalist groups; and with nearly 750,000 members, it is also among the largest. The Sierra Club was initially intended, in Muir's formulation, to "do something for wildness and make the mountains glad." In recent decades, the organization has lobbied vigorously for an ever-wider net of federal regulation aimed primarily at the entire notion of technological progress.

This shift toward a more aggressive agenda may be properly credited to David Brower. When he took over as the Sierra Club's first Executive Director, the organization was  a collection of 2,000 nature enthusiasts, hikers and trailside conservationists, whose accomplishments included blocking the construction of dams on protected land and convincing Congress to establish a national park in Washington State.

Brower turned the organization into the leader of the environmentalist movement with an activist base of over 77,000 and financial reserves topping $3 million. The Sierra Club became a foe of development, portraying any new construction initiative as a greed-driven effort to exploit natural resources. The organization eventually parted company with Brower, who went on to found the Wilderness Society. But his heritage was reflected in the 2003 election, to the Sierra Club’s Board of Directors, of Paul Watson, one of the most radical activists in the so-called animal rights movement. ("There's nothing wrong with being a terrorist, as long as you win," he declared at a 2002 animal rights convention.)

While the Sierra Club continues to lobby for land conservation—in 2002, for instance, its activists mounted campaigns against Arctic Refuge oil drilling and worked to thwart construction on Utah's 120-mile freeway, the Legacy Highway—it is in technological progress that the group sees its most formidable adversary. Taking literally David Brower's 1992 comment that "All technology should be assumed guilty until proven innocent," the Sierra Club has in the past pressed for "a moratorium on the planting of all genetically engineered crops and genetically engineered organisms.” Although GEOs hold out numerous environmental advantages (including the potential for farmers to grow more food on less land and cut down on pesticide use), the Sierra Club contends that "genetic engineering solutions should never be used to divert attention from the solutions to the problem of hunger that carry less biological risk (e.g., better distribution of food, land reform, sustainable soil conservation strategies, promotion of regional sustainability, reduced consumption of animal products, and stabilization of population)." The Sierra Club in 1998 filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, demanding the suspension of genetically modified crops. The suit was unsuccessful.

Over the years, the Sierra Club has dropped all pretense of being non-partisan. In June 2004, it published a "fact-sheet" alleging that the "Bush administration is weakening proven clean air protections and threatening the progress we have made over the last 30 years." A similar warning was voiced by Sierra Club President Larry Fahn, who gave Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry his organization's official endorsement.

In addition to publishing calendars and books for children as well adults (proceeds from which underwrite Sierra Club initiatives), the organization publishes Sierra magazine, a bi-monthly periodical featuring articles of interest to environmentalists. Additionally, the Sierra Club distributes the Sierra Club Insider, a bi-monthly newsletter informing subscribers of the club's ongoing campaigns. The Sierra Club also publishes its own blog, called "Field Notes." Authored by Carl Pope, the blog focuses heavily on the alleged environmental transgressions of the Bush administration.

In 2002, the Sierra Club reported $23,619,830 in revenues, and disclosed $107,733,974 worth of assets to the IRS. Among its financial supporters are the Bauman Family Foundation, the Beldon Fund, the Blue Moon Fund, the Bullitt Foundation, the Compton Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Energy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Foundation for Deep Ecology, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the Joyce Foundation, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Scherman Foundation, the Turner Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and many others. 

The Sierra Club has endorsed a document called the Earth Charter, which blames capitalism for many of the world's environmental, social, and economic problems.

The organization co-sponsored the April 25, 2004 "March for Women's Lives" which advocated unrestricted access to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand. It also became a member organization of the Abolition 2000 and Win Without War anti-war coalitions.

In 2004, the Sierra Club's then-executive director, Carl Pope, feuded openly with fellow board members who had formed a splinter group, Sierrans for U.S. Population Stabilization, which held that unchecked immigration into the United States could be harmful to the country's natural environment. By Pope's reckoning, this notion was steeped in the bigotry of people who had been infected by “a virus” of “hate.” That same year, the Los Angeles Times disclosed Pope’s close ties to David Gelbaum, a California philanthropist who had recently given the Sierra Club a record $101.5 million, contingent upon the organization endorsing his open-borders philosophy. “I did tell Carl Pope in 1994 or 1995,” Gelbaum said to the Times, “that if they [the Sierra Club] ever came out anti-immigration, they would never get a dollar from me.”

This stance on immigration only became more entrenched over time. In her 2015 book Adios America, bestselling author Ann Coulter wrote: "
In 2012, Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune announced that the Club officially supported mass immigration—amnesty, no borders, more legal immigration, the whole nine yards."[1]

In an earlier era, the Sierra Club had repeatedly and passionately warned about the dangers posed by unchecked immigration. In 1978, for instance, the organization adopted a resolution expressly asking Congress to “conduct a thorough examination of U.S. immigration laws.”[2]



[1] Ann Coulter, Adios, America (Kindle Edition, 2015), Highlight Loc. 3715-16.
[2] Ibid., Highlight Loc. 3691-95




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