Applauding President Joe Biden\u0026#039;s newly announced executive actions as \u0022a historic step forward\u0022 in the fight against the climate crisis, the youth-led Sunrise Movement on Wednesday said the Democratic Party must use its unified control of the federal government to go further with bold legislation that invests massively in clean energy, creates millions of good-paying jobs, and ensures a speedy and just transition away from planet-destroying fossil fuels.And such sweeping legislation will only be possible, Sunrise argued, if Democrats swiftly move to eliminate the legislative filibuster.\u0022Today makes clear that President Biden hears our generation\u0026#039;s demands loud and clear, understands the power of our movement, and is serious about using executive power to deliver on his campaign promises,\u0022 Sunrise executive director Varshini Prakash said in a statement celebrating the wave of climate-related executive orders Biden is expected to sign Wednesday afternoon.\u0022Democrats have a majority in the House, Senate, and a president ready to take action. Now is the moment to deliver transformative change for the American people.\u0022 —Varshini Prakash, Sunrise MovementAccording to a fact-sheet released by the White House Wednesday morning, the batch of orders will—among other things—include a pause on all new oil and natural gas leases on public lands and offshore waters, official establishment of the Office of Domestic Climate Policy and National Climate Task Force, and a directive mandating that federal agencies eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and \u0022identify new opportunities to spur innovation, commercialization, and deployment of clean energy technologies.\u0022While green groups nationwide applauded the measures and what they broadly signal, Mitch Jones, policy director at Food \u0026amp; Water Watch, said in a statement that Biden\u0026#039;s orders fall well short of what\u0026#039;s needed and \u0022must be paired with serious plans to stop our deadly addiction to fossil fuels.\u0022\u0022We need a White House that is committed to stopping all drilling and fracking, and shutting down any schemes to export fossil fuels,\u0022 said Jones.Prakash also stressed the need for further action, declaring that \u0022today must just be the beginning\u0022 of the administration\u0026#039;s efforts.\u0022Our generation,\u0022 she warned, \u0022will not accept any excuses for delay or inaction on delivering historic legislation to build back better, creating millions of good jobs investing in clean energy, communities, and sustainable infrastructure.\u0022\u0022We have no time to waste,\u0022 said Prakash. \u0022The climate crisis, compounded by the pandemic, racial injustice, and decades of Republican obstruction and destructive policies, demands that we make up for lost time to match the scale and urgency of this moment. Democrats have a majority in the House, Senate, and a president ready to take action. Now is the moment to deliver transformative change for the American people.\u0022Specifically, Prakash implored Senate Democrats to move quickly to eliminate the legislative filibuster, an archaic 60-vote rule that effectively gives the Republican minority veto power over much of Biden\u0026#039;s climate agenda.Though significant climate-related spending—such as the investments in green infrastructure that Biden and Democratic lawmakers have promised—can be approved through the filibuster-proof budget reconciliation process, the rules governing that procedural tool would prevent passage of key regulatory changes such as a binding clean energy requirement and other priorities.Vox\u0026#039;s David Roberts wrote last year that \u0022to truly pass a complete climate policy, the kind appropriate to the challenge, Democrats... would have to stretch the reconciliation process well beyond its traditional bounds.\u0022\u0022Even if they were willing to do that, it\u0026#039;s not going to result in particularly good policy,\u0022 Roberts argued. \u0022The filibuster needs to go. In a modern society, the majority needs to be able to legislate.\u0022Prakash echoed that argument Wednesday, urging Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to \u0022push to abolish the Senate filibuster to ensure the will of the people and deliver needed economic relief and transformation.\u0022Biden\u0026#039;s executive orders today are a huge victory for our movement and our future. But the pressure can\u0026#039;t stop now. This is the floor, not the ceiling, and we are going to fight for every inch of progress.Join our fight Thursday, 1/28 at 8-9pm ET: https://t.co/y3mDnsvZXv pic.twitter.com/QcHg3anHeK— Sunrise Movement (@sunrisemvmt) January 27, 2021Biden and Schumer have both voiced openness to eliminating the filibuster, but to do so they would have to win over recalcitrant defenders of the filibuster such as Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who both reiterated their commitment to keeping the filibuster intact earlier this week.Writing for the Arizona Mirror earlier this week, Sunrise Movement Tempe member Emily Kirkland warned that \u0022as long as the filibuster remains in place, Democrats are stuck.\u0022\u0022We are facing a moment of peril almost unparalleled in modern history: hundreds of thousands have died from Covid-19, unemployment is at record levels, and urgent action is needed on racial justice, immigration, climate change, inequality, and other long-simmering crises,\u0022 Kirkland wrote. \u0022With a trifecta in Washington, D.C., Democrats have the opportunity to pass popular, common sense policies to meet this moment and improve the lives of millions.\u0022\u0022They should abolish the filibuster and get to work,\u0022 Kirkland added.