Biden recruits Tom Steyer & Carol Browner For Biden’s ‘Climate Engagement Advisory Council’

By Adam Aton, E&E News reporter

Joe Biden’s campaign has recruited Tom Steyer, Carol Browner, and several other high-profile climate and labor figures to mobilize voters for the former vice president.

Biden’s Climate Engagement Advisory Council will target voters who care about climate and environmental justice, including young voters, people of color and union workers, the campaign announced Friday in a statement. Biden is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Steyer, the billionaire activist, ran for president himself in 2019 on a climate-heavy platform and criticized Biden during a November debate for not prioritizing climate. At the debate, Biden responded by criticizing Steyer’s past investments in coal.

Browner, the former EPA administrator and climate czar to President Obama, is the board chair of the League of Conservation Voters, which has endorsed Biden.

The council also includes Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), one of the first Native American women elected to the House and a former co-chair of Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign.

The council’s other members are Cecilia Martinez, the co-founder and executive director at the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy; Lonnie Stephenson, the international president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; and Harold Mitchell Jr., a former South Carolina state representative and founder of the ReGenesis Community Development Corp.