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Biden needs the youth vote — and he can’t get it without real action on climate change

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🗞️ Driving the news: President Biden's administration faces scrutiny from young voters over its climate policies, including the continued blockade of the Juliana v. United States lawsuit and support for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports
• Despite Biden's efforts, including the Inflation Reduction Act, his "all of the above" energy policy and mixed signals on fossil fuels raise concerns among environmentally conscious young Americans

🔭 The context: The Juliana v. United States case, filed by 21 young Americans in 2015, argues that federal support for fossil fuels violates their constitutional rights to a future free from catastrophic climate change
• Despite its potential as a landmark climate lawsuit, the Biden administration continues efforts to prevent the case from going to trial, citing financial reasons

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Biden's stance on climate issues and fossil fuels is pivotal as the U.S. becomes a leading oil and gas producer
• The administration's policies impact global warming responses and the future of renewable energy, affecting young Americans and future generations most acutely

⏭️ What's next: Biden could regain young voters' support by allowing the Juliana case to proceed, ending fossil fuel subsidies, setting a clear timeline for phasing out fossil fuels, and embracing policies that protect the atmosphere for future generations
• Engaging directly with young climate activists could also bolster his standing

💬 One quote: "President Biden has done more to support climate action than any of his predecessors, but he also has embraced their 'all of the above' energy policy," (William Becker, executive director of the Presidential Climate Action Project)

📈 One stat: Nearly 90% of oil and gas industry campaign contributions in the 2024 cycle have gone to Republicans, highlighting the political divide on climate issues

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