Sunrise Movement Calls Biden’s Richmond Pick a Betrayal

Sunrise Movement Calls Biden’s Richmond Pick a Betrayal

November 19, 2020

Breitbart News reports that the climate change group Sunrise Movement blasted Joe Biden’s choice of Cedric Richmond as a potential adviser because of his ties to the oil and gas industry.

“One of President-Elect Biden’s very first hires for his new administration has taken more donations from the fossil fuel industry during his Congressional career than nearly any other Democrat, cozied up to Big Oil and Gas, and stayed silent and ignored meeting with organizations in his own community while they suffered from toxic pollution and sea-level rise,” said Varshini Prakash, the group’s executive director, in a statement.

Richmond got $113,000 in campaign donations in this election cycle from the oil and gas sector. He also voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

“That’s a mistake, and it’s an affront to young people who made President-Elect Biden’s victory possible. President-Elect Biden assured our movement he understands the urgency of this crisis; now, it’s time for him to act like it,” Prakash added.

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