At debate, enthusiastically says “Yes” would risk displacing hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers in order to combat climate change.
The issues of energy and climate change came up at the Democratic debate on Thursday night as expected. What was surprising, was Joe Biden’s response when asked about displacing American energy workers for the sake of fighting climate change.
Biden has no problem with the idea. His answer could not have been any more straightforward.
Paul Steinhauser reports at FOX News:
Biden says ‘yes’ when asked about sacrificing blue-collar jobs for clean energy
Former Vice Preisdent Joe Biden made clear at Thursday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate that he’d sacrifice economic growth due to a boom in oil and natural gas production and potentially risk displacing hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers in order to combat climate change.
Moderator Tim Alberta asked: “Three consecutive American presidents have enjoyed stints of explosive economic growth due to a boom in oil and natural gas production. As president, would you be willing to sacrifice some of that growth, even knowing potentially that it could displace thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers in the interest of transitioning to that greener economy?”
“The answer is yes,” the former vice president said.
But Biden — the front-runner in national polling in the Democratic nomination race — emphasized that “the opportunity for those workers to transition to high-paying jobs … is real.”
“We’re the only country in the world that’s taken great, great crises and turned them into enormous opportunities,” Biden added.
Even Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report, who is hardly a conservative, reacted on Twitter:
Wait, did Biden just answer “yes” when asked is he ok with displacing thousands of energy extraction workers in order to transition to clean energy?
— amy walter (@amyewalter) December 20, 2019
See the video below:
— Andrew Clark ? (@AndrewHClark) December 20, 2019
Biden’s response should alarm people working in the energy sector:
Joe Biden admitted what we already knew: he’s willing to sacrifice the jobs of millions of American workers which depend on fossil fuels so he can embrace a radical left-wing energy policy pic.twitter.com/BYfbjRxtnf
— Zach Parkinson (@AZachParkinson) December 20, 2019
Biden to blue collar energy workers: Learn to code. The Democrats are so wonderful at showing us exactly who they are.
— Chadwick Moore (@Chadwick_Moore) December 20, 2019
Biden’s yes answer as to if he would be willing to sacrifice economic growth from energy jobs in transition to a clean energy economy is not going to go over well in Western Pennsylvania, scranton, parts of Ohio, Texas or Colorado.
— SalenaZito (@SalenaZito) December 20, 2019
Biden says he is willing to sacrifice good paying blue collar jobs in favor of Green policies
Coming to a Trump ad near you…
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) December 20, 2019
Lol Biden really just said he would sacrifice blue collar jobs to transition to a Green economy.
They just create commercials for Team Trump.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) December 20, 2019
Biden tells blue collar workers to learn to code.
— David Marcus (@BlueBoxDave) December 20, 2019
This followed a line of questioning about whether or not the United States government should relocate citizens in coastal cities that might be affected by climate change. My Twitter response:
Democrats asked if people need to be moved out of coastal areas due to climate change as the Obamas close on a new beachfront mansion on Martha’s Vineyard. Beyond parody. #DemocraticDebate
— Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) December 20, 2019
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