Encouraging EPA to Strengthen Air Quality Standards
Feb 24, 2023
We must act now to tackle some of our nation’s most challenging issues, including the climate crisis and environmental injustice — which we know severely impacts the lives and health of people and our planet.
Four years ago I had the honor of representing Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential campaign on the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Drafting Committee and now, I am proud to again serve as a member of the 2020 Platform Committee. With Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s leadership and this incredibly strong Democratic platform, I know that we will begin to tackle the climate crisis. Our nation is truly at a crossroads and we need leadership and solutions to our biggest challenges that are rooted in equity and unity. We have no time to waste.
The 2020 Democratic Platform matches the ambition of the robust Biden-Harris climate plan and will set our nation on course for an equitable and just climate future. Here are some of the highlights, together:
I have been fighting for the environment throughout my entire career. I’ve worked for both of our last two Democratic presidents to advance environmental policies that protect our health and planet — as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1993 to 2001 under President Clinton and as the director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy under President Obama. I’m immensely proud of what we accomplished over those years to achieve safeguards for clean air, safe drinking water and the health of our communities.
But, over the last three years, I’ve watched in horror as President Trump and his pro-polluter allies destroyed those protections. Big Polluter handouts, climate denial and environmental destruction have defined President Trump’s policy agenda. The Trump administration has repeatedly undermined protections and exposed communities across the country — especially communities of color and low-wealth communities — to dirtier air, more polluted water and, even worse, devastating climate impacts.
This simply cannot stand. That’s why as the Chair of LCV’s Board of Directors and a member of the Biden-Harris Climate Engagement Advisory Council, I know the stakes have never been higher and we must all do everything we can to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on November 3.