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When 2020 began, many people were counting Joe Biden out and Kamala Harris’ Presidential run had already ended — what a difference a year makes. Biden surprised many progressives with a strong climate and environmental justice plan that only got stronger as the campaign went on. In April, we wrote about how Biden received his first endorsement from a major environmental group, the League of Conservation Voters, which has spent tens of millions in recent elections to help elect green candidates. The LCV was the first of many green groups to engage with Biden’s campaign on environmental issues and eventually issue their own endorsements. On Earth Day, Biden received the endorsement of 80 leading scientists — many of them Nobel Laureates — underscoring the fact that his policies would be based, as he often said, on science rather than fiction. Our Daily Planet endorsed Biden in June.
Biden’s climate plan got stronger after a task force of leaders from across the climate movement advised him on how to strengthen his proposals — ultimately resulting in a $2T plan that was the strongest climate plan ever supported by a Democratic Presidential candidate. Perhaps the defining moment on climate came in the speech Biden gave outlining the plan in which he said, famously now,
“When Donald Trump thinks aboutclimate change, the only word he can muster is ‘hoax.’ When I think about climate change, the word I think of is ‘jobs.”
This week we sat down with Congressman Ted Lieu who represents California’s 33rd Congressional district. His district also happens to be one of the most climate-vulnerable regions in the nation where wildfires, extreme heat, and sea-level rise are creating conditions that necessitate comprehensive climate action from the federal government. More specifically, the Congressman told us […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer As the nation moves past President Biden’s first 100 days, hopes are that the green energy future can begin to take shape more tangibly. Yet despite the green jobs promises of the American Jobs Plan, some communities still feel cut off from the new green economy. For Indigenous communities, a […]
by Jason Walsh Late last month, President Biden unveiled the $2 trillion American Jobs Plan, aiming to provide much-needed investments in our schools, roads, drinking-water infrastructure, broadband access, electric grid, the care economy, and more. But what comes next is critically important for the long-term recovery of our nation and the nearly 10 million people […]
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