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Joe Biden Announces He Won’t Allow Fossil Fuel Influence on Transition Team – Greenpeace Response

by Ryan Schleeter

October 1, 2020

"Personnel is policy, and we need experts in the White House who put climate and environmental justice ahead of corporate profits."

In a new ethics plan released by his campaign, Joe Biden signaled that he won’t allow leaders of fossil fuel companies on his transition team should he win the general election in November. The announcement comes after weeks of pressure from activists urging the Biden-Harris campaign to cut ties with energy advisors representing fossil fuel interests.

In response, Greenpeace USA Climate Campaigner Charlie Jiang said: 

“Rejecting fossil fuel influence is a smart move for the Biden-Harris campaign. Voters are hungry to elect a climate champion. Joe Biden is running on the most ambitious climate platform in history, but it won’t mean much if his transition team is stacked with oil and gas insiders. Biden would do well to distance himself from the failed approach of the Trump administration, which is teeming with corporate lobbyists and fossil fuel cronies.

“While aiming to reject fossil fuel influence from his transition team is a strong start, this is not the end of the road. We urge Biden to commit to banning all fossil fuel executives and lobbyists from his cabinet and administration. Personnel is policy, and we need experts in the White House who put climate and environmental justice ahead of corporate profits.”

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Contact: Ryan Schleeter, Senior Communications Specialist, Greenpeace USA: +1 (415) 342-2386, [email protected]

Ryan Schleeter

By Ryan Schleeter

Ryan Schleeter is a senior communications specialist with Greenpeace USA covering climate and energy. His writing has appeared in National Geographic, Grist, GreenBiz, EcoWatch, and more. Find him on Twitter @ryschlee.

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