Joe Biden On Climate Change: ‘I Started The Whole Thing’
Biden previously said that he was the first to introduce climate-change legislation
Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden claims he was the guy who “started this whole thing” on climate change at a recent campaign stop.
An activist with the US Youth Climate Strike asked the former Vice President if he would support a presidential climate debate hosted by her group, Biden replied:
“By the way, I want you to know: I’m the guy that did all this stuff—read RealClearPolitics, it will tell you about how I started this whole thing back in ’87 with climate change,” he said.
When asked if he would commit to being a leader, replied, “I guarantee I’ll be a leader.”
But Bidens' claims that he was the man behind climate change when he had “started this whole thing back in ’87” faced backlash on social media.
But Biden came under fire for a similar thing in the past.
Citing his 1986 Global Climate Protection Act, Biden previously said that he was the first to introduce climate-change legislation, where he called the president to establish a task force to prevent global warming.
But instead of being labeled 'fake news,' PolitiFact quickly rated Biden's claims as “true,” while pointing out that then-Sen. Al Gore held a House hearing on climate change in 1976 and opened a concurrent resolution in 1985 on greenhouse-gas emissions.
Hey @JoeBiden, we’re happy to hear you care about climate policy, but we didn’t get to finish. We were gonna ask if you would commit to a #climatedebate. Will you? @KBeds @SymoneDSanders @BillR @DrBiden @TDucklo pic.twitter.com/ENy7wtPDl0— US Youth Climate Strike (@usclimatestrike) May 18, 2019
Remember Al ‘I invented the Internet’ Gore? Well, now Joe Biden boasts ‘I started’ Climate Change ‘back in 1987’ https://t.co/8oe2cuZXAQ— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) May 19, 2019
According to The Washington Times: Mr. Biden enjoys a comfortable lead in most 2020 Democratic presidential primary polls, but climate activists erupted after Reuters reported May 10 that his campaign was seeking “middle ground” on climate change.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez New York Democrat, called it a “dealbreaker,” tweeting, “There is no ‘middle ground’ w/ climate denial & delay.”
Sunrise Movement co-founder Varshini Prakash called his plan “a death sentence for our generation,” while 350.org founder Bill McKibben said in an op-ed that Mr. Biden was “too stuck in the past to be a credible standard-bearer for the Democratic party.”
Mr. Biden has not yet unveiled a climate-change plan or endorsed Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal resolution, which calls for a national mobilization on climate change.
Republicans have pegged the cost at as high as $93 trillion.
Eleven other Democratic presidential contenders, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, Mr. Biden’s closest competitor, have endorsed the Green New Deal.