Sierra Club endorses Clinton

Sierra Club endorses Clinton

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWarren policy ideas show signs of paying off Biden at campaign kickoff event: I don't have to be 'angry' to win Top Dem: Trump helps GOP erase enthusiasm gap; Ohio a big problem 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 SandersBernie SandersHere are the potential candidates still eyeing 2020 bids Sanders unveils education plan that would ban for-profit charter schools Warren policy ideas show signs of paying off 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 TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens 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.”