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SIERRA CLUB CALLS ON BUSH TO UNITE AMERICANS BY PROTECTING ENVIRONMENT

SIERRA CLUB CALLS ON BUSH TO UNITE AMERICANS BY PROTECTING
ENVIRONMENT

Washington, D.C. -- In advertisements running today in several
national newspapers, the Sierra Club called on President-elect
George W. Bush to rise above partisan politics and to act as
"chief steward of America's environment to protect our air, water
and wild lands and wildlife."

"The overwhelming majority of Americans agree that we need to
protect our environment," said Carl Pope, the Sierra Club's
executive director.  "We're calling on President-elect Bush to
recognize this mandate and to deliver on his promise to unite
Americans around the shared value we all place on protecting our
air, water and wild places."

Specifically, the Sierra Club ad asks Bush to: - Rid the air of
dangerous soot and smog; - Clean-up toxic waste and other
pollution that threatens our drinking water; - Protect pristine
wild places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Sequoia
National Monument and the still-untouched areas our National
Forests; - Pull the grizzly bear and salmon back from the brink
of extinction; - Act quickly to curb global warming; - Ensure the
environment is protected in an increasingly globalized economy;
and - Restore faith in democracy by enacting campaign finance
reform that makes it harder for polluters to influence policy and
politicians.

"President-elect Bush can shape an environmental agenda that
gives Americans what we want -- clean air to breathe, pure water
to drink and wild lands to explore and enjoy," Pope added.  "The
Sierra Club will trumpet every act of environmental courage by
President-elect Bush, and we will lay out for judgement every
sideways glance at a campaign donor."

The advertisement is slated to run in The New York Times, The
Washington Post, the Austin-American Statesman, Roll Call and the
Weekly Standard.

Text of the advertisement follows below:

President-Elect Bush: As a politician, you will be judged by the
voters in four years.  As a President, you will be judged by
generations to come. That's why we're asking you to rise above
partisan politics and work as President -- as the chief steward
of America's environment -- to protect our air and water, wild
lands and wildlife.

As President, you will decide what is in the air we breathe and
the water our children drink.  Work with us to protect our
families from poisons and pollution.  Help us rid the air of
dangerous and asthma-triggering soot and smog. Together, let us
rid our water of health-threatening arsenic and mercury and clean
up the toxic waste that's put too many communities across America
at risk.

As President, you will shape the land we leave behind. Understand
that all Americans share a love of our landscape. Unite us in an
effort to stop the development of our still-wild places -- places
like the untouched areas of out National Forests, the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge and the Everglades.  And recognize, as
Americans, that we have welcomed and rejoiced in the protection
of our most beautiful places as parks and monuments, including
the newly-named Grand-Canyon Parashant and Sequoia National
Monuments.  We urge you to honor and increase our legacy of
protected wild lands.

Right now, we stand at a pivotal moment in our natural history. 
Over the next four years, you will have the opportunity to pull
the salmon and grizzly bear back from the brink of extinction,
help dissolve the dark shadow global warming casts over our
children's future, ensure the environment is protected in our
increasingly globalized economy, and restore faith in our
democracy by enacting campaign finance reform that makes it
harder for polluters to influence policy and politicians.  We
look to you for leadership.

During your campaign, you said, "I know our prosperity will mean
little if we leave future generations a world of polluted air,
toxic waste and vanished wilderness and forests."  We agree.  And
we ask you to act on this promise to protect our nation's health
and beauty, for our families, for our future.

Paid for by the Sierra Club.

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