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I noticed something important in the first presidential debate and I decided to dig into it.
I have heard Biden speak favorably about the Green New Deal, and his campaign is heavily supported and influenced by Sanders, AOC, and others who are all in on the GND. His running mate, Kamala Harris, co-sponsored the Green New Deal and has vocally supported the plan in the Senate and during her failed presidential campaign. And in the debate Biden himself said:
“The Green New Deal will pay for itself as we move forward.”
Then when asked to clarify whether he supports the Green New Deal, he emphatically said:
“No! I don’t support the Green New Deal.”
But he just said that it would pay for itself as we move forward, meaning he plans to move forward with it, meaning he supports it, right?
It was an impressive flip-flop right before our eyes on national television.
So, what’s the truth?
On the Biden-Harris official campaign page, you can find this statement:
“Biden believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face.”
While he insisted in his debate answer and included on his campaign page that he supports “the Biden Plan,” that plan is so similar to the Green New Deal that the terms appear to be essentially interchangeable.
This can be assumed because Biden and his campaign use them interchangeably. But also, this can be verified when you compare foundational points of each plan. They are almost identical. In fact, large sections of it were copied directly from the GND and other radical left policies and statements. Paragraphs and statements were identically copied in such a manner that there were even accusations of plagiarism.
So, while saying that Biden’s official stance is that he does not support the Green New Deal because he instead supports The Biden Plan is perhaps technically true, it is by no means truthful. Biden changed a few words but kept much of the content and intentions of the Green New Deal in his Biden Plan.
When considering his shifting position on his climate platform, a great place to start is by examining his completely ambiguous stance on fracking. It’s a pretty significant energy issue connected to this platform. Millions of American jobs. Millions of American homes with power. Billions of dollars in the American economy. It’s a significant issue and was brought up in the vice-presidential debate where Kamala Harris said:
“If you don’t mind letting me finish, we can then have a conversation. Okay? Joe Biden will not end fracking. He has been very clear about that.”
Y’all, he has been the exact opposite of “very clear about that.”
• July 29, 2019- “Dana Bash: Just to clarify, would there be any place for fossil fuels including coal and fracking in a Biden administration? Joe Biden: No. We would work it out. We would make sure it’s eliminated, and no more subsidies for either one of those, any fossil fuel,” Biden said during the second Democratic candidate debate.
• September 6, 2019- “Look at my eyes… I guarantee you, I guarantee you we’re going to end fossil fuels,” Biden to a young girl at a campaign event.
• January 24- “Voter: But like, what about, say, stopping fracking? Biden: Yes. Voter: And stopping pipeline infrastructure? Biden: Yes,” exchange with a New Hampshire voter.
• February 6- “We’re going to get rid of fossil fuels … we’re going to phase out fossil fuels … no more coal plants,” Biden at a campaign event.
• March 15- “No more— no new fracking. No more drilling on federal lands. No more drilling, including offshore. No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period. Ends,” Biden in CNN Democratic presidential debate.
• April 20- “No, I would not shut down this industry. I know our Republican friends are trying to say I said that… But I would not shut it down, no,” Biden in a CBS Philadelphia affiliate interview.
• July 9- “Well, fracking is not going to be on the chopping block,” Biden to WNEP.
• July 14- “His position has remained consistent, which is no new fracking on federal lands,” Biden Campaign response to CBS.
• September 1- “Let me say that again. I am not banning fracking. No matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me,” Biden in Pittsburg campaign event.
• September 17- “Fracking has to continue because we need a transition… but there is no rationale to eliminate, right now, fracking,” Biden in CNN town hall.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2020
Then in the final Presidential debate, Biden insisted that he had never said he was opposed to fracking, and it was absolutely comical for those of us who have heard him oppose fracking many times.
So, to recap:
• His campaign page clearly states that he believes the Green New Deal is a “crucial framework” and captures “important truths.”
• His “Biden Plan” includes verbatim sections from the Green New Deal and is almost identical in content to the Green New Deal.
• His presidential debate answer clearly states that he plans to move forward with the Green New Deal.
• His previous statements regarding related issues such as fracking are completely contradictory.
• Yet he emphatically denies supporting the Green New Deal.
• Then in the final Presidential debate he emphatically states that he will “transition from the oil industry.”
So, which Biden was being truthful?