During the campaign, Biden repeatedly insisted he would not ban fracking. Does anyone believe he is going to stick to that?

Campus Reform reports:

Candidate Biden was squishy on fracking. His new climate adviser, a Stanford prof, is not.

President-elect Joe Biden tapped Ali Zaidi, a professor at Stanford University, to serve as Deputy White House Climate Coordinator. Zaidi is just one of several U.S. academics whom Biden has appointed to work in his incoming presidential administration.

In addition to working for Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy, Zaidi serves New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Energy and Environment.

He previously worked as the Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science for the Obama administration’s White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Zaidi helped negotiate the Paris Climate Agreement, which aimed to restrict the increase in global temperatures to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

The Trump administration withdrew from the agreement in 2017. Biden, upon taking office Wednesday, is expected to rejoin the climate agreement via executive order.

“For our planet and the people who live here, the peril of the climate crisis is already evident,” said Zaidi in a statement following his appointment. “But we can also see the promise in the jobs — casting and machining, installing and rewiring, pouring new foundations and building new industries.”

Zaidi is supportive of Biden’s goal to “achieve a carbon-pollution free electricity sector by 2035.”

Zaidi added that his parents “moved from Pakistan to Pennsylvania,” bringing “two little kids — and a few suitcases of dreams.” He frequently speaks about his love for his home state, which counts fracking — the use of hydraulics to break apart rocks and harvest oil or gas — as one of its major industries.


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