The Sunrise Movement
is becoming increasingly dissatisfied with President Joe Biden
's lack of progress on climate policies, as well as the fact that oil and gas
executives appear to have his ear.
The youth-led climate group sent a letter to the White House
on June 4 demanding a meeting with the president and vice president, asking Biden to prioritize meeting with them over a Republican Party
looking to strip climate provisions from his infrastructure
According to the group, no response has been received.
“We are definitely frustrated, and with each passing day, we become more and more angry and outraged,” Sunrise Movement spokesperson Ellen Sciales told Stardia. “We elected Biden on a bold climate mandate, and now he spends more time with Republicans
than with the people
who sacrificed all of their time to get him elected.”
A request for comment from the White House went unanswered.
The Sunrise Movement referred to Biden's attempt to negotiate a spending package with Republicans as a "dead end mission" in the letter.
“While historic, the agenda you’ve put forward and I helped craft is already a compromise; it falls far short of what economists and scientists say is required to transform our economy
and meet the climate challenge at scale,” wrote Varshini Prakash
, executive director of the Sunrise Movement.
Tensions between climate activists and the Biden administration
appeared to flare earlier this month, when Sunrise Movement volunteers and staffers demonstrated outside the White House to protest
the Biden administration's protracted infrastructure talks with the Senate GOP
Climate activists have grown increasingly concerned as negotiations between the White House and Congress
appear to be progressing toward an agreement, but the Sunrise Movement is still hoping for a seat at the table with Biden to discuss a climate-response plan.
“Since we sent that letter, his administration has met with the Republican Party and oil and gas executives to discuss our movement,” Sciales said.
Activists aren't the only ones fed up with Biden's infrastructure talks; some Senate Democrats
have threatened to vote against a deal
unless climate change
provisions are included.
“It appears to me that they have a package that is climate denial disguised as bipartisanship
; we can’t have an infrastructure bill in 2021 that doesn’t have climate at its center,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) told MSNBC