Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign probably won’t be earning an endorsement from Al Gore anytime soon. The former vice president seemed to get desperate over the weekend while campaigning when he took credit for starting the debate on climate change.
Asked by an activist with the US Youth Climate Strike over the weekend if he would participate in a debate hosted by the global warming organization, Biden started tooting his own horn and showed that he may have never run across the word “humility” before.
“By the way, I want you to know: I’m the guy that did all this stuff — read RealClearPolitics, it will tell you about how I started this whole thing back in ’87 with climate change,” said Biden.
Biden later said he would be a leader when it comes to fighting climate change.
“I guarantee I’ll be a leader,” he said. In true political form, Biden did not confirm whether he would participate in the potential debate though.
Biden’s claim to have “started” the debate on climate change is a pretty obvious move to win back the more extreme wing of Democrats. He faced backlash recently after it was reported that his campaign was seeking “middle ground” on potential climate change policies.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), the creator of the already infamous Green New Deal, blasted Biden for potentially finding “middle ground” on climate change policies.
“There is no ‘middle ground’ w/ climate denial & delay,” she tweeted. She also said Biden moving to the middle on global warming would be a “dealbreaker.”
Biden previously defended his climate change positions and told Democrats criticizing him to “calm down.”
“I’ve never been middle of the road on the environment … This is a long campaign and everybody should calm down a little bit,” he recently told reporters in New Hampshire at a campaign stop.
He then promised, “Nothing middle of the road.”
Al Gore is most recognized as being the Democrat to bring the global warming debate to the mainstream after the release of his 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” While the film was a massive success at the box office, everyday Americans seem to have cooled on the topic as the film’s sequel, 2017’s “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” earned only a fraction of what the first movie made.
Biden did introduce the 1986 Global Climate Protection Act, which is recognized by many as the first climate-change legislation, but Gore held an official hearing on climate change in 1976 and introduced a resolution to lower greenhouse-gas emissions in 1985.
Biden’s recent claim of starting the global warming debate brings back memories of fellow climate change “activist” Al Gore seemingly taking partial credit for … well, for the internet.
“During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country’s economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system,” Gore told Wolf Blitzer in a CNN interview in 1999.
Biden has been blasted online for his climate change comments about as quickly and sharply as Gore was for his internet comments.
“He’s so old dementia is setting in,” wrote one Twitter user in response to Biden’s words.
Another replied, “Right after he invented the waffle cone.”
“Was he inventing the internet too?” replied yet another.
Biden and Gore probably won’t be able to ever agree on who can take credit for starting the ridiculous debates around global warming, but they both seem to suffer from the same out of control ego that nobody should want in politicians.
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