Senator Bernie Sanders added his voice to a chorus of critics who on Friday took the opportunity to criticize Joe Biden for a recent statement. The quote in question is that of when Biden stated he hoped to be able to find a “middle ground” when it comes time to address the topic of climate change in policy.
In a tweet posted to his Twitter account, Sanders stated: "there is no middle ground when it comes to climate policy." He went on to add "fighting climate change must be our priority, whether fossil fuel billionaires like it or not."
With former Vice President Biden leading in virtually every poll of candidates and hopefuls reaching for the 2020 Democratic nomination, has yet to give comment on his opinion of the Green New Deal that is currently being favored by both Senator Sanders and progress Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
After learning of Biden's centrist beliefs on climate change, AOC took to her Twitter page, making sure to get her two cents in on the issue. AOC stated "This is a dealbreaker. There is no "middle ground" w/climate denial and delay." She then took the chance to attack the current establishment once again, saying "We're not going to solve the climate crisis w/ this lack of leadership.
A report recently issued and used as evidence for Sanders and AOC's agenda stated that if immediate action isn't taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there will be grave consequences. However, as Trump's administration and other detractors of Sanders and AOC's statement have said, it will need to be on a global level in order the have the effect that is required. Essentially, until every nation is onboard, the US alone will not be able to make that much of a dent in the problem.
Biden stated on Friday that much like Sanders, he sees an existential threat” in climate change, and at the same time promised to present his own detailed plan on how to deal with the planets rising temperatures soon. As for the Green New Deal, when presented to vote on in Congress, was pretty much dead in the water.
Many Republicans in Congress feel that the proposed Green New Deal is failed. On the Senate Floor in March, Senator Mike Lee spoke to Congress about the Green New Deal saying "there isn't a single serious idea here. Not one."
What this all means is that the next president will not only have to win over those skeptics in Congress to pass any type of climate change legislation but the public at large as well.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Will climate change play a vital role in the 2020 presidential election?