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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2022
Contact: Ellen Sciales, press@sunrisemovement.org 


Sunrise Response to Manchin: This is a Death Sentence
 

Washington, DC – In response to the news that Senator Manchin will not support any new climate spending, Sunrise Movement Executive Director Varshini Prakash, released the following statement:

“This is nothing short of a death sentence. Our democracy is broken when one man who profits from the fossil fuel industry can defy the 81 million Americans who voted for Democrats to stop the climate crisis. It's clear appealing to corporate obstructionists doesn't work, and it will cost us a generation of voters. 

“We won't stop fighting. Biden must declare a climate emergency, and do everything in his executive power to stop the climate crisis immediately. That's the only way he can salvage his presidency and save our generation. And we must uproot this broken system and rebuild it to work for us.”
 

Sunrise Movement has been calling on President Biden to:

  • End the practice of leasing public lands and waters for fossil fuel production, 
  • Stop the issue of permits for any new fossil fuel infrastructure, including pipelines, petrochemical plants, and export terminals, especially Line 3, Line 5 and the Mountain Valley Pipeline,
  • Declare a Climate Emergency,
  • Update and strengthen outdated standards limiting particulate matter, ozone, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, mercury, coal ash, and tailpipe emissions, as well as lead and copper rules preventing contamination of drinking water,
  • Finalize new methane standards for new and existing oil and gas operations, and make these standards strong enough to cut methane pollution at least 65 percent below 2012 levels by 2025, and 
  • Direct the EPA to designate greenhouse pollutants as criteria air pollutants and set a science-based national pollution cap under the Clean Air Act.

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The Sunrise Movement is a youth movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. We unite to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people. 

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