Articles and opinion on the 1998 SUSPS
population-immigration ballot question


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The majority of Americans favor a five-year ban on all legal (Government mandated) and illegal immigration into the United States.



The Sierra Club and the Immigration Freight Train, Los Angeles Times, June 9, 2002

Article on Ben Zuckerman's election to the Sierra Club Board. "the No. 1 environmental problem--and it's not even close--is overpopulation. A billion Americans is a disaster. I don't know how my colleagues in the Sierra Club can save species and wetlands and so on when there are a billion Americans."

Is overimmigration in the U.S. morally defensible? by Ben Zuckerman and Stuart H. Hurlburt, August 3, 2001

Current immigration policies are propelling the United States to a 22nd-century population of more than a billion -- this will leave Americans then in the same nasty situation as the Chinese are in now. High fertility or over-immigration, it does not matter, the outcome -- too many people -- is all the same.

The Environmental Movement's Retreat from Advocating U.S. Population Stabilization by Roy Beck and Leon Kolankiewicz; Spring 2000

An in-depth analysis of why groups like the Sierra Club and ZPG [now Population Connection] have retreated from addressing U.S. population stabilization. Informative, readable and interesting, this article is of value to individuals on both sides of the immigration debate.

Hiring from Within
Link to article by Michael Lind, Mother Jones, Aug. 1998

"Immigration reform is the best hope for a swift improvement in the wages and bargaining power of working Americans. ...progressives should focus on the pro-business immigration system"

The Key To Growth Control: Immigration Limits
Herbert Berry, Feb. 1999

"Immigration is a national issue, but many of the national legislators have been 'bought.' "

A Special Moment in History
link to article by Bill McKibben, Atlantic Monthly, May, 1998

The fate of our planet will be determined in the next few decades, through our technological, lifestyle, and population choices.

It's Not Easy Being Green
Al Knight, Denver Post, Feb. 1998

"The board proposition is a masterpiece of weasel-wording."

Population has Everything to do with Saving the Enivornment
Georgie Anne Geyer, March 1998

"There is only one way that environmentally concerned members can vote: for 'Alternate A'... As for the others, why don't they just stop pretending that they are in the preservation business?"

Environment vs. Immigration
Froma Harrop, The Providence Journal, March 1998

"If Pope can't do his job, some new blood should take over."

Sierra Club Divided by Vote On Immigration
Ramon G. McLeod, San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 1998

"The demographic future of the United States should be a respectable thing to talk about, not something that degrades into name-calling."

Immigration is an Environmental Issue
B. Meredith Burke, international demographer and economist, Oct. 1997

"Young people today have grown up with a crashing silence on the population/environment connection: the press has engaged in a quarter-century policy of disconnect between population stories and environmental news."

Food, Land, Population and the US Economy
link to article by David Pimentel, 1994

"If present population growth, domestic food consumption and topsoil loss trends continue, the U.S. will most likely cease to be a food exporter by approximately 2025."

Planning for a Livable Future: A Clash of Sacred Values
B. Meredith Burke, international demographer and economist, March 1996

"The demographic future of the United States is being shaped by the daily decisions of our citizens, other residents, and our politicians. We are further from population stabilization today than in 1970 because of political decisions in the intervening years."

US Food Production Threatened by Rapid Population Growth
link to article by David Pimentel, Oct. 1997

"Unfortunately conservation measures will not be sufficient to ensure food security for future generations unless the growth in our population is simultaneous curtailed."



Statements on 1998 SUSPS Sierra Club population ballot question

Donella Meadows
April 1998; author, Beyond The Limits

"I wish the whole debate would go on with more knowledge of and respect for the numbers."

Brock Evans
Jan. 1998; former Sierra Club Associate Executive Director

"This is an environmental issue... we can take a stand."

Martin Litton
Jan. 1998; former National Sierra Club Director

"This is not the first time a board of directors has tried to hoodwink the members into accepting a foolish position it has taken on an issue."

Dave Foreman
Feb. 1998; co-founder Earth First!; former National Sierra Club Director

"What is intolerable are the ad-hominem attacks of racism bias, and anti-immigrant attitudes being made by the Club establishment against supporters of the immgration ballot question."



Letters on the 1998 SUSPS Sierra Club population ballot question

Letter to Carl Pope
Alan Kuper, Feb. 1998

"The tactics being employed by Club Management, for which you bear principal responsibility, are beyond the comprehension of well-intentioned volunteers. They leave a bitter legacy that was totally unnecessary in the first place and will be hard to gloss over."

Letter to Carl Pope
Bill Murray, Feb. 1998

"I never thought I would see the day 'Tricky Dick' looked relatively not bad compared to the Sierra Club."

Letter to Sierra Club Board
Fred Elbel, Aug. 1997

"Is my Sierra Club an environmental organization?"

Open Letter
Prof. Al Bartlett, Feb. 1998

"Should we vote to determine whether the earth is flat or spherical?"

Open Letter
Gaylord Yost, March 1998, Sierra Club Member

"Why the leadership of this Club is making this immigration issue into a mind bending battle escapes me. Someone must have another agenda somewhere."

Letter to Sierra Club Yodeler
Peter Hanauer, Feb. 1998, 30-year Sierra Club Member

"I have never been so appalled at an action by the club leadership as I was when I read its ballot argument for Alternative B."

Open Letter to Club Members
March 1998, Anonymous Sierra Club Member

"[The Board] has hired a Public Relations firm to run their campaign. They authorized the use of club funds to do so, which would otherwise be prohibited... our Board has been busy rigging the ballot question."



Myths and FACTS - The truth behind the issue in the Sierra Club.

For insight into the 1998 disinformation campaign initiated by Sierra Club management, see:
Fallacies   o  Logic & Fallacies   o  Propaganda Techniques  o   Introductory Logic


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