Washington – Trying to fend off slipping poll numbers and criticism from his
left flank that he was failing to act on liberal priorities such as climate
change, Joe Biden yesterday unveiled his plan to address climate change. The
announcement was almost instantly marred by concerns that parts of the plan were
Biden’s plan would use the “critical framework” of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” to create a $1.7 trillion federal spending program partially funded by repealing the federal tax cuts passed by Congress and signed by President Trump in 2017.
In addition, Biden’s website says he will close tax loopholes that “reward
work not wealth.”
The “Green New Deal” plan released by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez in February was widely mocked for wanting to ban automobiles, air travel and expressing concern over cow flatulence. The components of the plan that would have required virtually every building in America to be gutted and retrofitted with “green” building materials were widely derided as unaffordable.
Many expressed concern in Maine that the Green New Deal’s goal of eliminating fossil fuels would cripple the ability of hundreds of thousands of Mainers to heat their homes in Maine’s dark, frigid winters.
Not long after Biden announced his plan, a coalition of left-wing environmental
non-profit groups began raising questions about Biden’s appropriation of
language from sources he did not cite in his plan.
The Biden campaign quickly scrambled to amend his plan and cite sources in
the instances where concerns of plagiarism were raised.
Biden’s announcement of his “Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice” plan came on the same day that CNN released a poll showing his lead in the Democratic primary slipping dramatically. Compared to a poll from one month previous, Biden’s position in the Democratic Presidential field had slipped 7 points overall, and his lead over Senator Bernie Sanders, the self-described socialist from Vermont, had dropped from 29 points to 14 points.