Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) held a rally in New Hampshire last week. He told an environmental activist there that “we are going to end fossil fuel.” He also called her ‘kiddo’ which she found very patronizing. Biden did this in a state where 80 percent of the households are heated by oil, gas, and propane. Good luck with that.
Biden was taking questions from a group in New Castle, New Hampshire when this happened. One woman associated with the environmental group 350 New Hampshire Action, Rebecca Beaulieu, asked Biden how voters can trust him if he continues to associate himself with fossil fuel executives. “How can we trust that you’re going to act on climate — on the climate crisis — if you’re still attending fundraisers that fossil fuel executives are attending?” Beaulieu asked, according to the Daily Mail.
The video of Biden at this event shows him strolling earnestly over to the young woman, calling her kiddo and telling her to look into his eyes as he was making a solemn promise to “end fossil fuel … before 2050, G*d willing.” “Kiddo, I want you to just take a look. I want you to look into my eyes,” Biden began. He told her that 2030 was not a realistic goal.
“No it can’t be done by 2030. No, not one single person is arguing it can be done by that. But it can be done by 2050. Maybe 2045? And is the science increases, we may be able to move more quickly. But we have to we can fundamentally change things in the next 10 years, though, so that we set a path? I promise you, I promise you. OK.”
Joe Biden, after attending a fundraiser with a fossil fuel executive, looks a young girl in the eyes and says: “I guarantee you we’re going to end fossil fuel” pic.twitter.com/KFle346SRF
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 6, 2019
“Beaulieu, 24, said she “wasn’t expecting” that kind of response from Biden and described it as “patronizing.”
“Just a little patronizing, because I want to be an adult at the table when it comes to conversations about climate, and what we’re going to do about it, and I don’t want to be like someone who’s sitting on the sidelines waiting for other people to act,” she said, according to the Daily Mail.
“I’m also like actively doing something to try to combat this climate crisis as it stands. Being called a kid is a little patronizing when I’m trying to do so much work,” she added.
“She also said she was unsatisfied with Biden’s refusal to bend his 2050 goal.
“But I hope that he takes the climate crisis as seriously as he tried to make it seem and that if he’s going to keep moving forward with his plans, he needs to reevaluate because 2050 is too late,” she said.
Joe Biden in New Hampshire: "I guarantee you we're going to end fossil fuel."
80 percent of the households in the Granite State are heated by oil, gas, and propane. pic.twitter.com/wtYVweAdsX
— Zach Parkinson (@AZachParkinson) September 6, 2019
“Biden recently came under fire for attending a fundraiser hosted by Andrew Goldman, a founder of the natural gas company Western LNG. The former vice president dismissed concerns, telling viewers of CNN’s climate change town hall Wednesday that Goldman is “not a fossil fuel executive.”
“He is not a fossil fuel executive,” Biden said. “And the fact of the matter is that — what we talk about is, what are we going to do about those corporations? What have we done?”
“And everywhere along the way — for example, I’ve argued and pushed for us suing those executives who are engaged in pollution, those companies engaged in pollution,” he added. “I’ve never walked away from that.”’
Sounds like Biden wants money from big energy companies and votes from environmentalists. That’s going to be a problem for him. He forcefully defended his appearance the previous evening at a top-dollar campaign fundraising event in New York City that was held at the home of a supporter who helped found a natural gas company.
Biden also reiterated his commitment to not accept any funding from executives running an energy company, reported the Boston Herald. “We all signed a pledge saying we would not accept any funding, any funding at all from any executive or anyone involved in the management of any energy company. No one is involved with an energy company,” he said.
Biden was referring to a pledge “No Fossil Fuel Money,” that he and 17 other Democratic candidates signed, to not “take contributions over $200 from oil, gas, and coal industry executives, lobbyists, and PACs.”
Biden told CNN’s Dana Bash early last month that there would be no place for coal or fracking in his administration if elected. “We would make sure it’s eliminated and no more subsidies … for any fossil fuel,” he said.
Biden’s vows of ending the use of fossil fuels may play to the left’s radical base but it does not play well to the general public. It’s a losing issue and while trying to embrace both sides, this issue will be one of the reasons that Biden will either not be the nominee for the Democrats in 2020 or will resoundingly lose to Trump if he is. People want to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer and they want to be able to keep the lights on and drive their cars. Biden is promising to mess all of that up.