The influential Sierra Club of Hawaii today said it is endorsing David Ige for governor and Shan Tsutsui for lieutenant governor.

Ige is a state senator who defeated Gov. Neil Abercrombie in the Democratic primary Aug. 9. Tsutsui is the incumbent LG.

The Sierra Club chose not to endorse a gubernatorial candidate for governor in the primary, a clear snub of Abercrombie, who some have criticized for not being sufficiently sensitive toward environmental issues and more inclined to side with developers.

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui and Democratic nominee for Gov. Sen. David Ige walk throughout the media gauntlet as they walk arm and arm into the Democratic Party Unity Breakfast on August 10, 2014

Shan Tsutsui and David Ige.

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“Senator Ige is committed to preventing climate change and taking realistic steps to adapt to it,” Scott Glenn, chairman of the Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter, said in a press release. “We have confidence that Senator Ige will move Hawaii toward a more sustainable future when he is elected governor. He supports efforts to modernize Hawaii’s electrical grid and facilitate increases in rooftop solar.”

The club also mentioned Ige’s support of promoting local agriculture and controlling invasive species, and the senator’s role in developing the State Water Code.

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