From the Executive Director
As soon as the 2020 election was called, Greenpeace jumped into action campaigning for our new president to reject all fossil fuel industry executives, lobbyists, and representatives from the administration, transition team, and cabinet.
During the campaign, Joe Biden put forward bold and ambitious plans to tackle the climate crisis and advance environmental justice as part of his commitment to Build Back Better. Now we are working to hold him to those promises—and pushing for even more. To get it right, he must embrace action at the scale science and justice demand, and fill his administration with climate leaders.
Biden’s nomination of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm for Secretary of Energy is a strong pick. She has forcefully spoken out against both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and advocated for shifting investment from oil and gas to renewable energy solutions. That’s the kind of leadership the Department of Energy has been sorely missing.
His choice of former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to lead the White House’s domestic climate policy efforts is also very promising. McCarthy will be the counterpart to globally-focused Special Presidential Envoy on Climate John Kerry and she will play a huge part in ensuring that justice is prioritized for the communities most impacted by fossil-fueled pollution.
And New Mexico Representative Deb Haaland’s nomination for Secretary of the Department of Interior is nothing short of historic. This makes her the first Native American to lead the department that oversees millions of acres of Tribal lands, essentially turning a page in this country’s dark history and giving an Indigenous woman authority over stolen land. Haaland has been a champion for our environment and public lands and has called for a Green New Deal and a resolution to protect 30% of our land and oceans by 2030.
Voters delivered a clear mandate for our elected officials to act on climate. The story we’ve been told over and over again by corporate elites is that the inequitable, polluting economy they have built is inevitable. But our story says that the just, green, and peaceful future we deserve is possible, and together—thanks to your generous support—we are working to build the power to turn that vision into a reality. We are energized and hopeful, grateful you’re at our side!
For a green and peaceful future,
Executive Director, Greenpeace USA
Annie Leonard, Executive Director
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