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Under attack from Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) at the debate for only proposing “middle ground solutions” to climate change, Biden was asked by CNN moderator Dana Bash to clear up his stance on fossil fuels.
“Just to clarify, would there be any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration,” Bash asked.
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It is unclear if Biden understood the question as his answer was far from clear. But he did seem to express support for banning coal and fracking outright.
“No, we would work it out,” the 76-year-old Democrat frontrunner said. “We would make sure it’s eliminated, and no more subsidies for either one of those, any fossil fuel.”
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Biden’s answer, which if accurate, is far more radical than anything he’s previously pronounced on the topic. Earlier this year, the former vice president released a plan to tackle climate change that made no mention of eliminating coal or fracking. It did, however, call for helping communities that are heavily dependent on the coal industry transition to other jobs.
Biden’s campaign did not return requests for clarification on his position for this story.
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The uncertainty surrounding Biden’s position is underscored by the fluctuating stances he has taken on coal over the past two-decades.
In 2007, shortly after announcing his second presidenital campaign, Biden was asked during an interview with Bill Maher to rate coal, terrorism, and high fructose corn syrup in terms of which was more likely to kill “your average American.”
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Biden, who often touts the fact that he authored the very first climate change bill in the U.S. Senate, responded by ranking coal a higher threat than terrorism.
“Air that has too much coal in it, corn syrup next, then a terrorist attack,” he said. “But that is not in any way to diminish the fact that a terrorist attack is real. … But...
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