What the heck is going on at the Sierra Club?
By making the controversial decision to support heavy rail but not endorse a candidate in the Honolulu mayor’s race, “at least for the time being,” the club appears deeply divided and confused.
Hawaii residents count on the club to take bold stands on environmental issues. But sadly the club leadership tripped and fell when confronted with one of the biggest-ever threats to our `aina – the 20-mile, concrete, elevated rail monstrosity from Kapolei to Ala Moana.
Have you read the eco-group’s explanation for its bizarre behavior? Get ready for a toxic mix of contradictions.
The club says it consistently advocates for “smart growth,” protection of farmland and development that’s “concentrated in the urban core.”
But the rail would lead to a flood of new development away from the urban core and in many cases on prime ag land.
The club opposes suburban sprawl and wants to revitalize communities such as Moiliili and Kalihi. But the obscenely expensive rail project would ignite suburban sprawl while wasting taxpayer dollars that could fund in-town revitalization projects, such as bike lanes and affordable housing.
The Sierra Club got it right by supporting Ben Cayetano in his two successful campaigns for Governor.
Too bad the club got it seriously wrong by supporting a rail project that would make powerful special interests even more powerful while forever harming our environment, finances, scenic views and historical and cultural treasures.
What the heck is going on at the Sierra Club? What do you think?