Sierra Club endorses Clinton

Sierra Club endorses Clinton

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Exclusive: Biden almost certain to enter 2020 race 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) SandersHillicon Valley: New York says goodbye to Amazon's HQ2 | AOC reacts: 'Anything is possible' | FTC pushes for record Facebook fine | Cyber threats to utilities on the rise O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation Amazon to pay Bernie Sanders in federal income taxes: report 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 TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could 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.”