Joe Biden’s True Climate Crisis Intentions.
Can he be trusted?
Personally, I consider climate change and how our democratic candidates plan on addressing the existential challenge it poses as a key factor in how I will make my voting decision. It’s been fascinating as time goes on to be able to weed out the candidates in the race who actually have a substantial, robust proposal that indicates they are taking the problem as seriously as they need to.
While it may come as no surprise to those of on the left, unfortunately Joe Biden has shown us that he is not a candidate to be trusted on this issue.
The morning of CNN’s Climate Change Town Halls, I stumbled across an article by the Intercept, that described Joe Biden’s intentions to attend a high dollar fundraiser immediately following his appearance on CNN. While it’s irritating enough that he’s attending high dollar fundraisers in the first place, it was the man who was hosting the fundraiser that caught attention.
According to the article:
“…David Solomon of Hildred Capital Partners is hosting the fundraiser. His chief investment officer, Andrew Goldman, is a co-founder of Western LNG, a natural gas production company based in Houston, Texas. Goldman and Biden have deep ties. Goldman served as an adviser to Biden while he was in the Senate, and was the Northeast director of finance for Biden’s 2008 campaign. He’s also an executive at the investment banking firm Hildred Capital Partners. He and his partner at the firm, David Solomon, along with their wives Renee and Sarah, will host a private fundraiser for Biden at the Solomon house, CNBC reported. Goldman also co-founded De Cordova Goldman Capital Management, which invested in “natural resources and energy.”
Now more than ever, it is important for voters in this country to pause, and ask themselves about what kind of leader this country needs. In the face of a crisis that has the potential to destroy life on this planet as we know it, can we really afford to fool ourselves in to thinking that Joe Biden will do everything he needs to do to combat climate change to the best of his ability?
Kamala Harris got well deserved pushback for her original intention to skip the climate change town hall to attend a fundraiser. Given everything at stake, Joe Biden in an ideal and just world would be exiting the presidential race in shame, apologizing to the American people for betraying their trust and putting the good of the country aside for his own personal power ambitions. In a democracy that hasn’t been weathered away by capitalism and corruption, this would not be allowed to happen and the American public would be scandalized.
But obviously we do not live in a just and ideal world, and it will require work on the part of grassroots organizers to force politicians like Joe Biden to address our concerns and hold them accountable. We cannot count on their fellow politicians or even the media to do so, so it falls on our shoulders.
As so many of us on the left have heard time and time again, voters should put aside their policy goals and focus on just defeating Donald Trump. But again, let’s ask ourselves if a candidate attending fundraisers held by individuals within the fossil fuel industry will be able to generate the energy needed to get out the vote in an age where so many people are concerned about the fate of the planet?
Regardless of what he might say to voters on the campaign trail, Joe Biden’s actions have told us in no uncertain terms that he will not take the necessary actions to address climate change in the way that he must should he become the next President of the United States. Fortunately however, information is power, and it’s important to take it in and spread it in order to make the best decisions possible. As I’ve said before, for the good of the planet Joe Biden cannot become the next nominee.