History of the 1998 population-immigration ballot question
The Sierra Club has had a 30-year
History of established population policy.
Yet in 1996, the Board unilaterally
reversed the Club's comprehensive population policy which addressed both the impacts of fertility (children per women) and mass immigration on unending U.S. population growth.
SUSPS ® was formed at that time to express the concerns of thousands of members at this deviation from long-term environmental policy.
SUSPS responded that, in the tradition of sound Sierra Club environmental policy, the large contribution of overimmigration to the rapid growth in U.S. population could not be ignored. Especially since environmentalists regard the US as already grossly overpopulated, its
economy far from sustainable.
In March-April of 1998, SUSPS brought the question before the Sierra Club membership during the annual spring election. All Sierra Club members voted whether to
include reduction in mass immigration as well as in fertility in a traditional comprehensive Sierra Club U.S. population policy.
Unfortunately, in the opinion of many including the Club's Election Inspectors, the 1998 election was rigged by Club management with an "A" vs. "B" vote, violating Club bylaws.
Notwithstanding, 40% of the voters agreed with the SUSPS "A" position. Quite simply, the Sierra Club choked on population.