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Climate Activists Condemn Biden’s Appointment of Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Major Fossil Fuel Ally

HeadlineNov 18, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden announced more senior White House appointments Tuesday — among them, Louisiana congressmember and former Congressional Black Caucus chair Cedric Richmond, who has been tapped to lead the White House Office of Public Engagement. Climate activists slammed the decision, with Sunrise Movement’s Varshini Prakash saying, “Today feels like a betrayal because one of President-elect Biden’s very first hires for his administration has taken more donations from the fossil fuel industry during his Congressional career than any other Democrat.” Sunrise Movement also accused Richmond of ignoring members of his community who have suffered from toxic pollution and sea-level rise.

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