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Ellen Sciales, 

Sunrise Responds to Biden Plans to Open More Public Land to Drilling


Following the announcement that President Biden plans to break his promise to the electorate and open more public land to drilling, Varshini Prakash, Executive Director of Sunrise Movement, released the following statement:

"It is never a good sign when the President announces something at 5pm on a Friday. But President Biden can't get away with this disastrous climate decision. The fact of the matter is that more drilling won't solve high gas prices right now - so why is Biden breaking his campaign promise to stop drilling on public lands?

"This is why young people are doubting the political process altogether. If Biden wants to solve for voter turnout in 2022, he should actually deliver on the things he promised, not move farther away from them. On November 8, 2022 we don't want to hear anyone asking why young people didn't vote. Biden is actively turning voters away. If we're going to combat fascism and win in 2022, he must be a leader and course correct. This election and our futures depend on it."

In 2020, President Biden not only ran and won on a bold climate agenda, but told voters, "no more drilling on federal lands, period." Today, his administration is expanding drilling on public lands, stalling on climate legislation and concurrently, his approval ratings are plummeting, especially among young people. Sunrise Movement sent the Democratic establishment a memo warning them that if candidates don't run boldly on climate, their chances in 2022 will suffer even further.

Sunrise Movement is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.