US Consultant Cedric Richmond (D-LA), who served because the nationwide co-chair for the marketing campaign of President-Elect Joe Biden, has been named a senior adviser for the Workplace of Public Engagement (previously the Workplace of Public Liaison). The place offers largely with problems with “public coverage” — which, within the Biden administration, means lots of home local weather coverage.
Who’s Cedric Richmond? As The Philadelphia Inquirer explains:
For practically a decade, Democratic U.S. Rep Cedric Richmond has represented what most environmentalists agree is the most polluted congressional district in America. It is a stretch of Louisiana that runs from from Richmond’s dwelling base of New Orleans up the Mississippi River that’s lined with so many smoke-belching petrochemical plants that many now unhappily name their area “Most cancers Alley.”
Assume the nickname is hyperbole? The federal authorities’s personal toxic-release stock has discovered Louisiana the second-worst state overall for releasing killer chemical compounds into the setting, with most of the worst offending vegetation in Richmond’s district. His state, maybe not coincidentally, also has certainly one of America’s highest most cancers charges, with African-Individuals like Richmond and plenty of of his constituents at significantly excessive danger.
Whereas it is understandably tough for anybody, not to mention a Black Democrat in Louisiana, to undo many years of deeply entrenched environmental racism, that is nonetheless not nice. I may even perceive the tough catch-22 of looking for the roles within the space you signify when that space can also be closely reliant on the fossil gas trade.
Sadly, the deeper you look, it nonetheless does not look nice. From Jacobin:
Throughout his ten years in Congress, Richmond has received roughly $341,000 from donors within the oil and fuel trade — the fifth-highest complete amongst Home Democrats, in response to earlier reporting by Sludge. That includes corporate political action committee donations of $50,000 from Entergy, an electrical and pure fuel utility; $40,000 from ExxonMobil; and $10,000 apiece from oil corporations Chevron, Phillips 66, and Valero Vitality.
In the course of the local weather disaster that has battered his dwelling state of Louisiana, Richmond has joined with Republicans to vote to increase fossil fuel exports and promote pipeline development. He additionally voted towards Democratic laws to position pollution limits on fracking — and he voted for GOP laws to restrict the Obama administration’s authority to extra stringently regulate the follow.
The Sunrise Movement is, understably, not proud of this transfer. Frankly, neither am I — although I do really feel a begrudging sense of vindication after making an attempt to ease the fears of my Trumper Aunt (who lives in Connecticut of all locations), who was deeply involved that Biden would ban fracking.
I knew Biden would by no means truly ban fracking. I simply hoped I may journey excessive on the not-Trump wave for a little bit bit longer earlier than returning to the usual established order of presidency disappointment to which I would grown accustomed.
On the brilliant facet, we could have John Kerry as a local weather advisor for the Nationwide Safety Council. I be ok with that. However even the very best overseas local weather coverage will not save if we will not clear up our act at dwelling.
Biden Taps Several Senior Campaign Aides For Key White House Positions [Alana Wise and Asma Khalida / NPR]
Joe Biden Just Appointed His Climate Movement Liaison. It’s a Fossil-Fuel Industry Ally. [David Sirota, Julia Rock, and Andrew Perez / Jacobin]
In La.’s polluted ‘Cancer Alley,’ activists say new president’s guy has been MIA on climate [Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer]
Sunrise Movement Climate Activists Call On Biden To ‘Keep His Promises’ [Tonya Mosley and Allison Hagan / WBUR]
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