Environmentalists to Biden: Say no to fossil fuel advisers

by Angely Mercado, Grist


  • One hundred and forty different environmental groups have signed on to a letter to Presidential hopeful, Joe Biden, asking him to abstain from adding any fossil fuel executives, lobbyists, or representatives from his presidential cabinet and administration
  • Groups that signed on include: Sunrise Movement, MoveOn, Zero Hour, Greenpeace, 350 Action, and Indivisible
  • The letter comes after reports of natural gas industry reps were weighing into Biden’s climate policy platform
  • Many believe that having Obama administration climate officials on Biden’s team will not yield results at the pace that is needed to avoid climate catastrophe
  • Charlie Jiang, a climate campaigner for Greenpeace USA, wants to make sure the right people are involved in Biden’s administration:

“We shouldn’t even be entertaining the idea that the same fossil fuel executives, lobbyists, and representatives who have contributed to the climate emergency would then be tasked with trying to fix it…There are thousands of individuals who are deep experts in climate action and clean energy…. I’m sure they’ll absolutely be happy to answer the call to public service in the Biden administration” 

There are dozens of scalable solutions available now to reverse the climate crisis. The time is right for more aggressive climate action in California, serving as an example to inspire and move the world.  For a safe and healthy future for all, endorse the Climate-Safe California Platform to implement scalable solutions that can reverse the climate crisis.

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The Democrats’ climate betrayal

by Emily Atkin, Heated


  • The Democratic National Committee (DNC) removed language from their platform that called for the end of fossil fuel subsidies and tax breaks, citing its inclusion as an “error”
  • During an amendment process of the party platform, the DNC voted to add in the elimination of subsidies and tax breaks this past July 
  • Many environmentalists are upset with the DNC’s hypocrisy, as the party claims to be champions of the environment but is reverting on its stance within the party platform
  • Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden has been running his campaign with the promise of ending these subsidies, but at the time of this article, Biden has not released a statement on the issue
  • Taxpayers are contributing at least $20 billion per year to keep the failing fossil fuel industry alive
  • Geoffrey Supran at Harvard University notes that the fossil fuel industry is affecting climate action within the US:

“It sends a troubling, confusing signal to the public that even though the DNC talks big on climate, it is literally uncommitted to putting its money where its mouth is… It is also a reminder that despite the fossil fuel industry’s financial freefall, it continues to tip the balance of U.S. politics away from serious climate action.” 

Scientists are increasingly warning that to avoid catastrophic impacts from climate change, the world’s governments must implement massive reductions of warming emissions and begin a drawdown of greenhouse gases (GHG) from the atmosphere over the decade ahead.  For a safe and healthy future for all, endorse the Climate-Safe California Platform to implement scalable solutions that can reverse the climate crisis.

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The plan meant to unite Biden and Bernie voters on climate is here

by Emily Pontecorvo, Grist


  • After Senator Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination, he joined forces with Former Vice President Joe Biden to create a climate task force
  • Other members of the task force included Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sunrise Movement co-founder Varshini Prakash, and Catherine Flowers, the founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice, Secretary of State John Kerry, former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy, and former Biden policy advisor Kerry Duggan
  • The platform focuses on environmental justice, eliminating pollution, creating union jobs in clean energy, and other policies reminiscent of the Green New Deal
  • Varshini Prakash helped shape the platform by changing the target dates form 2050 to 2035 and introduced benchmarks such as electrifying school buses, retrofitting buildings, and increased energy efficiency within the first 5 years of Biden’s presidency
  • The task force also incorporated a “Tribal Needs Assessment” to support more than 500 tribes in the energy transition

Fossil fuel divestment and the transition to 100% clean energy is critical to achieving The Climate Center’s goals under the Climate-Safe California Platform.

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DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden’s current plan

by Rachel Frazin, The Hill


  • The Democratic National Committee Climate Council released a set of policy recommendations for a greater investment than Joe Biden’s climate plan
  • Joe Biden’s climate plan would spend $1.7 trillion over the next decade to address climate change, whereas the Climate Council plan endorses spending $10-16 trillion over the same period
  • Michelle Deatrick, leader of the Climate Council, emphasizes that this plan would be the boldest policy the party has adopted:

“These policies center environmental justice for frontline and vulnerable communities, urgent climate action, and worker empowerment… If adopted, these platform recommendations would be the most ambitious policies addressing the climate crisis ever adopted by the Democratic Party.”

  • Biden’s plan calls for reaching a 100% clean energy economy and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050  and halving the carbon footprints of buildings by 2035
  • The Climate Council calls for almost-zero emissions by 2040, banning crude oil exports, denying permits for new fossil fuel infrastructure, a permanent ban on fracking, and 100% renewable energy in electricity generation, buildings, and transportation by 2030

The Climate Center works toward electrifying buildings and vehicles using 100% clean energy sources such as solar and wind to eliminate fossil fuel-based emissions. 

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