Biden Takes Heat Over Moderate Climate Change Policy

Former Vice President and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden is taking heat for a middle of the road climate change policy.

According to Reuters, the soon to be released policy is moderate in comparison to the Green New Deal.

The policy is expected to mimic former President Obama’s energy plan.

The story claims Biden plans to undo President Trump’s efforts that reversed Obama’s energy policy.

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Accordingly, Biden wants to get the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Agreement, keep regulations on fuel efficiency standards on vehicle emissions, and keep regulations on coal-fired power plants.

Nuclear energy is also part of Biden’s plan:

The second source, a former energy department official advising Biden’s campaign who asked not to be named, said the policy could also be supportive of nuclear energy and fossil fuel options like natural gas and carbon capture technology, which limit emissions from coal plants and other industrial facilities.

Biden’s middle of the road policy was attacked by his 2020 competitors, progressive activists, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) considers climate change a top issue and criticized Biden.

Ocasio-Cortez, a backer of the Green New Deal, slammed the expected Biden plan.

Facing heat from progressives, Biden is trying to reinforce his climate change history.

Biden is trying to find the right balance between meeting Democrats’ need for a climate change policy while not alienating blue-collar voters in the Midwest battleground states.