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Posted on Sep 5, 2014

Sierra Club of Hawaii Endorses Ige/Tsutsui Ticket

HONOLULU, HAWAII – The Sierra Club of Hawaii today announced that it is endorsing David Ige for Governor, along with his running mate, Shan Tsutsui.

“Senator Ige is committed to preventing climate change and taking realistic steps to adapt to it,” said Scott Glenn, Chair of the Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter. “We have confidence that Senator Ige will move Hawai`i toward a more sustainable future when he is elected governor. He supports efforts to modernize Hawai`i’s electrical grid and facilitate increases in rooftop solar. Ige is supportive of local agriculture, and wants to complete the process of identifying, prioritizing and protecting agricultural lands to ensure that they are used effectively to produce food for local consumption. He is committed to preventing the introduction and spread of invasive species, and wants to stabilize funding for the invasives inspection program. Senator Ige was also involved in the development of the State Water Code, and understands the importance of protecting our water resources for future generations.”

“Shan Tsutsui has a deep understanding of what makes each island unique, and has always been there for us when we needed legislation. Whether it’s combating invasive species or making a more livable community for working families, his actions come from his own heartfelt values,” said Sierra Club Political Co-Chair, Karen Chun. “He is especially good at bringing all sides together and crafting solutions that are a win for everyone.”

Ige thanked the Sierra Club for their endorsement and commented, “Sierra Club Hawai`i is serious about protecting Hawaii’s environment. I look forward to their role in our state’s dialogue for preserving Hawaii and their ongoing efforts in researching, educating and advocating for a more sustainable future.”

Tsutsui thanked the Sierra Club, saying, “We all know how important the environment is. It’s what makes Hawai`i special. It’s important to our economy, our kids, and our future.”

The endorsements of Senator Ige and Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui were unanimously approved by Sierra Club Hawai`i leadership.


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Sierra Club of Hawaii
Founded in 1968, the Sierra Club of Hawaii is the state’s largest and most active grassroots environmental organization. The Club actively promotes reducing the impacts of global climate change by encouraging the development of clean renewable energy, reducing the use of fossil fuels, and ensuring our fragile native habitat is protected from harm.

The Sierra Club
Founded in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, Sierra Club made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

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