Climate Activists Want Biden To Bar Appointees With Fossil Fuel Ties

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Climate activists protest in Washington, D.C., the day after the election. Some progressives want President-elect Joe Biden to bar any appointees with fossil fuel ties.

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Climate activists have set a high bar for President-elect Joe Biden’s staff picks, asking that he exclude anyone with ties to fossil fuel industries. They’ve already been disappointed. Biden faced backlash this week after naming Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond to lead the Office of Public Engagement. Varshini Prakash, executive director of the Sunrise Movement, said it “feels like a betrayal” because Richmond “has taken more donations from the fossil fuel industry during his Congressional career than nearly any other Democrat.” The oil and gas industry has been among Richmond’s top campaign contributors over his career in Congress, according to Center for Responsive Politics. Prakash called Richmond’s appointment “an affront to young people who made President-Elect Biden’s victory possible.” The Biden transition office defended Richmond’s appointment and reaffirmed the incoming administration’s commitment to addressing climate change. A House colleague of Richmond’s also pointed out that the he co-sponsored legislation calling for “a 100 percent clean economy” by 2050. In a …

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