Joe Biden named Maggie Thomas as Domestic Climate Policy Chief and Cecilia Martinez as Senior Director of Environmental Justice, these two individuals have both cited racial inequality as a reason for Climate Change. This comparison has been the talking point of activists for several years and is considered to be a part of the intersectional politics the left has taken up in recent years. More on these appointments form Washington Free Beacon:
“Unless intentionally interrupted, systemic racism will continue to be a major obstacle to creating a healthy planet,” Martinez said in a 2019 press release touting her “Equitable & Just” climate platform. “The only path forward is to design national climate policies that are centered on justice.”
For Thomas and Martinez, such policies require “massive” government spending and the “realignment of public dollars at all levels.” Thomas’s climate plan demands “trillions” in public investment—not only to “crack down” on oil production and shift away from the nation’s “fossil fuel economy” but also to fund welfare programs, including rent and utility relief. Martinez’s platform calls for much of the same, including increased government investment into “affordable and quality housing.”
Progressives’ most ambitious climate goals are likely to face congressional opposition from centrist Democrats. Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) recently told the Washington Examiner that he would oppose a federal mandate to make utilities carbon-free within 15 years. But Biden could use executive action to implement some of his team’s far-left climate-policy priorities. Thomas’s climate plan, for example, calls on the president-elect to issue an executive order “on day 1” establishing a “government-wide environmental justice initiative” tasked with centering “federal environmental policy around equity, justice, and inclusion.”
Climate Change is a big priority for the left and the incoming Biden administration, while anything major is likely to fail in Congress getting policy like this through is still possible through executive action.