Progressive activists all around the world have pushed Biden’s environmental agenda much further to the left, but most of us realize that his plan isn’t really good enough. That said, what will he actually accomplish in his first 100 days now that Democrats rule both the executive and legislative branches of government? Maybe not as much as we might hope — especially because the Supreme Court is weighted down with conservatism.
Not only is the Supreme Court a huge hurdle to overcome, but so are the more than 230 Trump appointees (which were placed so successfully because Mitch McConnell, likely the most terrible man on Earth, managed to symie the Obama administration’s efforts for about six years).
UCLA School of Law professor Ann Carlson said, “The question that the Biden administration is really going to face is how to engage in rulemaking in the shadow of the Supreme Court.”
But Biden will also have to contend with an even stronger hand from progressives, who feel that the new president is indebted to them for his overwhelming win. A new group called the Green New Deal Network is laying the foundation to activate a huge push for resounding climate change action across the board.
Executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union Rocio Saenz said, “Every day [SEIU members] confront the crisis of climate, as well as environmental racism and economic inequality, so the Green New Deal is not something that is abstract to them. For our members the Green New Deal means clear air, clean water, safe communities, good jobs and a growing economy. So this, for us, is why we are part of this network. What we see, especially now more than ever, is that we cannot think about these issues in siloes.”
For now, we can expect Biden to rejoin the Paris Agreement, invest in green technologies, and perhaps stop propping up dying fossil fuel industries — we hope.