I can’t wait for Joe Biden to deliver his campaign speech that begins “Four score and seven years ago…” Or maybe, since that might remind voters that the former veep is a man of advancing years, Biden will instead visit the U.S. border with Mexico and implore Donald Trump to “tear down this wall.”
With a commanding lead so far in the polls but little of substance in the way of policy pronouncements, Biden may be feeling pressure to put something out there, and yesterday he did just that, releasing a video in which he pledged to spend $6.7 trillion on a climate change agenda that he promises will go “well beyond” that of his former boss.
But if you look under the hood, you find that the ideas in Biden’s climate plan did not originate with him, and neither for that matter did the language used.
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A subsequent review of Biden’s plan by The Daily Caller News Foundation identified three other examples of similarly phrased excerpts.
Biden: “Biden’s goal is to make CCUS a widely available, cost-effective, and rapidly scalable solution to reduce carbon emissions to meet mid-century climate goals.”
Carbon Capture Coalition: “Its goal is to make carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) a widely available, cost-effective, and rapidly scalable solution to reduce carbon emissions to meet mid-century climate goals.”
Biden: “Carbon capture, use, and storage (CCUS) is a rapidly growing technology that has the potential to create economic benefits for multiple industries while significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions.”
Blue Green Alliance 2017 Senate letter: “Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is a rapidly growing technology that has potential to create economic benefits for multiple industries while significantly reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.”
Biden: “Aviation accounts for nearly 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and that portion is expected to increase. Unfortunately today, few low-carbon technologies or fuels have been developed to tackle this challenge.”
Vox: “Aviation accounts for about 2 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and that share is poised to grow … few low-carbon technologies or fuels have been developed so far.”
In articulating his plan, Team Biden was careful not to reference the Green New Deal, though I’m somewhat surprised they didn’t name their own plan the Viridescent New Deal.