Sierra Club endorses Clinton

Sierra Club endorses Clinton

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonProminent Putin critic: If Trump turns me over, I'm dead Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia Trump tweets old video of Clinton talking up 'a strong Russia' MORE won the endorsement of the Sierra Club on Thursday. 

Michael Brune, the group's executive director, said in a statement that Clinton “will be the strong environmental champion that we need to lead our country,” handing the former secretary of State her second major environmental endorsement of the week. 

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“The Sierra Club, like so many Americans, not only wants to protect President Obama’s legacy — we want to expand it,” Brune said in a statement. 

“That is something we can accomplish with a Clinton White House, and it’s why the Sierra Club’s members and supporters will work tirelessly to make sure she’s elected this November.”

The Sierra Club waited until after Clinton effectively locked down the Democratic nomination this week before endorsing her over rival Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenate to vote Monday on Trump's VA nominee Senate approves resolution warning Trump not to hand over US officials GOP leader blocks resolution backing intelligence community on Russia MORE

Tom Steyer, the billionaire Democratic donor who runs the NextGen Climate group, also endorsed Clinton this week, joining the League of Conservation Voters Action and Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund in signing off on Clinton’s campaign. 

Brune praised Sanders for a “hard-fought campaign” that he said “helped elevate climate change and protecting our environment while reducing inequality as key issues in the Democratic Primary.”

And he took aim at presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE, saying, “The gap on environmental and climate issues between Secretary Clinton and Donald Trump is the largest in U.S. political history.”

In a statement of her own, Clinton said she was "honored" to receive the endorsement.

“We need to take immediate action to make America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century, create good-paying jobs, and make sure no one is left out or left behind, from communities struggling with the legacy of environmental racism to the coalfield communities that kept America’s lights on for generations.”