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Club Backs Gore for President, and Visclosky, Carson for U.S. House

The Sierra Club has endorsed Indiana Congressional Representatives Peter Visclosky (D-1) and Julia Carson (D-10) for reelection in November, based on their environmental voting records. Vice President Al Gore received the club’s presidential endorsement.

The following information is provided as a guide for determining the environmental “worthiness” of incumbent candidates running for the U.S. Congress.

Information sources are the Sierra Club Political Committee’s 2000 Congressional Scorecard and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) 1999 Environmental Scorecard. Both rate members of Congress on a scale of zero to 100 percent, based on votes related to conservation issues. A high score is desirable.

U.S. House of Representatives

Rep./DistrictSierra Club Vote %LCV Vote %
Visclosky, D-18088
McIntosh*, R-206
Roemer, D-37363
Souder, R-400
Buyer, R-506
Burton, R-600
Pease, R-71319
Hostettler, R-81313
Hill, D-96650
Carson, D-108681
* David McIntosh is the Republican candidate for Indiana governor.

U.S. Senate

NameSierra Club Vote %LCV Vote %
Lugar (R)1133
Bayh (D)8867

Presidential Campaign

The following is a comparison of the Democratic candidate, Vice President Al Gore, and the Republican candidate, Texas Governor George W. Bush, according to the Sierra Club and LCV Web sites.

  1. Clean water: Gore supports strengthening the Clean Water Act. Bush condemns federal regulation of water quality.
  2. Clean air: Gore supports strong mandatory air pollution protections, including increasing fuel economy standards. Bush opposes mandatory federal air pollution controls.
  3. Land protection: Gore supports the purchase of lands for federal protection. Bush opposes federal involvement in land protection and would increase logging and road building in national forests.
  4. Oil drilling: Gore opposes opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Bush would open the refuge to drilling.
  5. Global warming: Gore supports reductions in emissions that cause global warming. Bush acknowledges that global warming is occurring but opposes the Kyoto Protocol designed to reduce harmful emissions.
  6. Endangered species: Gore supports strengthening the Endangered Species Act. Bush opposes the Endangered Species Act, suggesting that states should decide if and how to protect species.

The League of Conservation Voters has also endorsed Al Gore for president.

For more information, visit the following Web sites: (includes links to videos of both Sierra Club and Bush TV ads regarding air pollution)

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Fall 2000