Inauguration Countdown–Biden Announces Additional Climate Plans/Staff

Yesterday, President-elect Joe Biden announced his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan which he described as “a two-step plan to build a bridge to the other side of the crises we face and to a better, stronger, more secure America.” The recovery plan would, in part, make investments in infrastructure and manufacturing, innovation, research and development, and clean energy to help create jobs in growing sectors of the economy.

Biden also announced additional White House climate change staff:

  • Sonia Aggarwal, Senior Advisor for Climate Policy and Innovation–co-founder and the vice president of Energy Innovation.
  • David Hayes, Special Assistant to the President for Climate Policy–Executive Director of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center and an Adjunct Professor at the NYU School of Law.
  • Maggie Thomas, Chief of Staff for the Office of Domestic Climate Policy–former Political Director at Evergreen Action before and policy advisor for the Biden-Harris campaign.
  • Jahi Wise, Senior Advisor for Climate Policy and Finance — policy volunteer on the Biden-Harris Campaign and former Policy Director for the Coalition for Green Capital (CGC).
  • Cecilia Martinez, Senior Director for Environmental Justice—review lead for the Biden-Harris Transition and co-founder and Executive Director at the Center for Earth, Energy, and Democracy (CEED).

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) also announced additional programming ahead of the inauguration on January 20th which includes a national day of service on MLK Day. It’s an important reminder of the holiday’s intended purpose, if you live in the DM, here (and here) are some ways that you can safely volunteer, otherwise check your news for opportunities near you.

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