In 2022, Greenpeace USA joined 750 organizations in a historic attempt to block Senator Joe Manchin's dirty deal — a plan that would accelerate oil and gas projects across America — not just once, not twice, but thrice. In 2023, the dirty deal crept into the debt ceiling bill and passed both the House and Senate.
Actress and activist Jane Fonda, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Anthony Rogers-Wright of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest share what the dirty deal means for our health, our communities and our democracy; explore what's next; and discuss how we can bring real science- and equity-based solutions back to the fore for the rapid implementation of clean energy.
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About our guests:
Since 2009, Jeff Merkley has been one of the Senate leading advocates for protecting our environment and fighting climate change. He has garnered bipartisan support for funding the Green Climate Fund, has used his seat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to bolster U.S. leadership on climate change on the global stage, and has championed the fight against Arctic drilling in the Senate listed. Senator Merkley introduced the Keep It in the Ground Act to completely end new fossil fuel leases on our federal lands and waters, and recently championed Senate letters urging President Biden to declare a national climate emergency , and opposed Manchin's permit reform bill.
Anthony Karefa Rogers-Wright serves as Director of Environmental Justice at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. In this role, he leads and coordinates the organization's environmental justice strategy, litigation, organization and advocacy initiatives. A social justice campaign veteran, Anthony spearheaded the transformation of the former Colorado Health Insurance Cooperative into the first health insurer in state history to remove the exclusion of transgender people from all of its policies in 2012. He has served as a policy advisor to numerous candidates for elected office, including Senator Elizabeth Warren's 2020 presidential campaign and Senator Bernie Sanders' 2020 and 2016 presidential campaigns, when he represented the campaign during his testimony before the DNC Platform Committee. Anthony was named one of the "2016 Environmentalists You'll Talk About" by Grist.org in 50 and was named one of New York's 100 Most Influential Environmental Leaders in 2022 and 2023 by City and State Magazine. He is a board member of Friends of the Earth Action, Backbone Campaign, Climate Critical Earth and Center for Sustainable Economy. He is a proud, participating member of the Black Alliance for Peace and the Black Lives Black Hive movement, and is fortunate to be the father of an energetic and very talkative 7-year-old son, Zahir Cielo (aka "Bean").
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