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Awaiting more analysis, but I thought this would happen. Biden will release policies that seem to point in the right direction, but if elected will he fight for them?


Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden released his climate policy proposal early Tuesday, targeting net-zero emissions and 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050.

The “Biden Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution & Environmental Justice” carries a price tag of $1.7 trillion for the federal government in its first 10 years, which the former vice president’s campaign says will be paid by undoing the tax cuts enacted by President Trump and congressional Republicans.

Investments from state and local governments as well as private companies would push the total to $5 trillion.

“Science tells us that how we act or fail to act in the next 12 years will determine the very livability of our planet,” Biden said in a statement. “That’s why I’m calling for a Clean Energy Revolution to confront this crisis and do what America does best – solve big problems with big ideas.”

The platform leaves the question of an enforcement mechanism to Congress.

Although the commitments in the plan released early Tuesday are not as aggressive as the goals laid out in the Green New Deal, Biden’s campaign did praise the progressive policy as a “crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges.”

Biden’s climate platform is similar in size and scope to former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D-Texas) but falls short of the only other fully fleshed-out climate change platform in the 2020 presidential race, from Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D).




Does his plan outline how much of what must be $3.3 trillion ($5 trillion minus $1.7 trillion) of ‘public-private’ money it’s relying on coming from private companies vs. state and local governments? I need more information.

Not liking Biden’s name for his plan, “Clean Energy Revolution” either. Just a little bit obvious.


I can’t see videos here, can you? does the clip mention Flint?



A coalition of more than two dozen liberal groups on Tuesday urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump, writing in a letter that her reticence is “resulting in dangerous inaction that enables this racist and xenophobic president.”

The strongly worded letter voicing frustration with Pelosi (D-Calif.) came a day after the Democratic-led House returned from a week-long recess and continued to grapple with how to respond to the report of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

While a growing number of Democrats are calling for launching an impeachment inquiry based on findings related to potential obstruction of justice, Pelosi has continued to counsel caution, calling for deliberate steps to investigate Trump.

The letter sent Tuesday calls for Pelosi to exercise “bold, moral leadership” and says that “instead of using your power, you are giving us political excuses for why you shouldn’t.”

“Instead of leading, you and your colleagues have asked us to wait — wait for the Mueller report, wait for the unredacted Mueller report, wait for Mueller’s testimony about the Mueller report, wait for more investigations, wait for bipartisan consensus, wait for impeachment to poll better, or wait for the 2020 election,” it says.

The groups signing the letter include CREDO Action, Free Speech for People, MPower, Movimiento Cosecha, Democracy for America, Indivisible, Working Families Party and Women’s March.


Botoxed Senility strikes again. 🙁



Well I guess Mayor Pete does respond to his “constituents.”


During an MSNBC town hall on Monday, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg questioned whether former Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) should have been pushed to resign over accusations of inappropriate touching and sexual misconduct.

“I think it was his decision to make, but I think the way we basically held him to a higher standard than the GOP does their people has been used against us,” Buttigieg told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. He was subsequently pressed as to whether Franken’s colleagues should have applied the pressure they did for his ousting and Buttigieg responded: “I would not have applied that pressure at that time before we knew more.”

The comment pitted the South Bend mayor against several of his competitors in the Democratic primary who publicly called for Franken’s resignation back at the end of 2017, chief among them Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) who was the first to call on Franken to resign. They also came after Buttigieg fundraised with a Democratic donor who explicitly reprimanded party lawmakers for forcing Franken’s departure and said she’d reconsider giving a dime to anyone who she believed was involved in that effort.

The donor in question, Susie Tompkins Buell, sent out fundraising invitations for Buttigieg in April of this year and reportedly held a San Francisco event for him. Buell, a prominent Democratic donor who had backed Gillibrand, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and other women in the party, said in early 2018 that she was considering withdrawing support from senators who had called for Franken’s resignation.

By Monday evening, Gillibrand was weighing in on the matter, putting out a statement that noted that Franken faced “eight credible allegations of sexual harassment, two since he was elected Senator, and one from a congressional staffer.”

“That is not too high a standard, regardless of how the Republican party handles this behavior, and worse,” the statement read. “Yes, it was Senator Franken’s decision alone to leave the Senate – a path he ultimately chose – but for many senators, including myself and others in this primary field, that was not too high of a bar to raise our voice and make clear we value women.”


One of the very rare instances where I agree with Buttagag. I won’t vote for him tho!


Poll polls polls

The Morning Consult poll continues to be static with Biden around 40, Bernie around 20, and Warren/Harris/Buttigieg at 10 or less in that order.

The CNN poll does show Bernie cutting into Biden’s lead from 24 to 14
Biden 32 (39)
Bernie 18 (15)
Harris 8 (5)
Warren 7 (8)
Buttigieg 5 (7)
Beto 5 (6)
Booker 3 (2)

Really no evidence of a Warren surge. She’s still part of the third tier pack.



Unfortunately, Biden as usual has a healthy lead in the primary contest

In the Democratic primary, scheduled to be a part of Super Tuesday on March 3, 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden leads with 39%, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders at 22% and Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 15%. Rounding out the top 5 are Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 8% and Sen. Kamala Harris at 5%




That’s being generous.



What will happen with that $20 million once Carnival doles it out?


A drop in the bucket 20 million to them is 2 bucks to us, the passengers will pay for it either in a “slight” ticket increase or increase other fee’s nominally that the passengers wont notice. Now 20 million a month till they become more environmentally sound that might get their attention.




Delaney sounds like a real jerk.

“this isn’t about slogans”









that’s ridiculous. Was it land lines? all Harvard? lol. if true, they’re doing a great job with their smear campaign. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.


These numbers make it clear to me that it’s on us to puncture the myth of Obama to defeat Biden. Not Bernie himself, because of the optics. But his supporters. Because there is no logical reason 19% of people under 45 should be supporting Joe Anita Hill.



Bernie Sanders campaign has 25,000 volunteers in Iowa: report

Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign has signed up an eye-popping 25,000 volunteers in Iowa.

The senator’s campaign told New York Magazine’s Intelligencer of its large volunteer total, largely crediting digital organizing and a new app.

The Sanders campaign’s Iowa caucus director Evan Burger told the outlet that the team is “combining the people on the ground — the traditional organizing — with the tech-heavy ‘distributed’ organizing that we’ve learned about in the last few years.”

The campaign recently launched its “Bern App,” enabling the campaign to strengthen its voter database by allowing supporters to use their own networks, according to NBC News.

“The huge breakthrough is someone sitting at home watching the Bernie Sanders video can click the link to immediately start organizing people they know and don’t know,” Burger told Intelligencer.

Sanders is among two dozen Democratic candidates vying for the White House. He has consistently polled near the top of the crowded field after failing to clinch the Democratic nomination in 2016.


If Democrats Pull Their Punches, Donald Trump Will Knock Them Out

Who said: “Socialism is a scare word (the corporate special-interest lobbies) have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years. Socialism is what they called public power. Socialism is what they called social security. Socialism is what they called farm price supports. Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance. Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations. Socialism is their name for anything that helps all the people…”?

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders?

Who said: “We are rightly proud of the high standards of medical care we know how to provide in the US. The fact is, however, that most of our people cannot afford to pay for the care they need. I have often and strongly urged that this condition demands a national health program. The heart of the program must be a national system of payment for medical care based on well-tried insurance principles. This great nation cannot afford to allow its citizens to suffer needlessly from the lack of proper medical care”?

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren?

Who said: “The people don’t want a phony Democrat. If it’s a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat, and I don’t want any phony Democratic candidates in this campaign…”?

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg?

No, no, and no.

These are all quotes from then–President Harry Truman, who today is generally imagined as the embodiment of a traditional mainstream Democrat.



Pt 2 of the above piece

At last weekend’s California Democratic Party state convention, former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper tried to suggest that it was “pragmatic” to echo President Trump’s use of “socialism” as a scare word, claiming that “If we want to beat Donald Trump and achieve big, progressive goals, socialism is not the answer.” Hickenlooper kept prattling on about “pragmatism,” with arguments for abandoning the “Medicare for All” agenda and tempering the promise of a Green New Deal.

Those lines earned the Coloradan a chorus of boos from the crowd of 4,500 grassroots Democrats who gathered in San Francisco. It also set up one of the best applause lines of the weekend, when Washington Governor Jay Inslee followed Hickenlooper’s rant by announcing that “I am a governor who doesn’t think we should be ashamed of our progressive values.”

Hickenlooper was joined in counseling caution by former Maryland congressman John Delaney, who told the California crowd, “Medicare for All may sound good but it’s actually not good policy nor is it good politics.” That brought more boos in California and a rebuke from US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who noted that “This awful, untrue line got booed for a full minute.” The New York congresswoman, who is one of many Democratic advocates for single-payer health-care reform, suggested that the former congressman exit the presidential race—with the line: “John Delaney, thank you, but please sashay away.”

Serious contenders for the presidency showed up at the California convention with progressive messages that recognized the need to aggressively challenge Trump. “Some say if we all just calm down, the Republicans will come to their senses, but our country is in a time of crisis,” said Warren. “The time for small ideas is over.”

Buttigieg warned delegates and observers at the convention that “Though he is deservedly unpopular, this president really could win again. He wins if we look like defenders of the system. He wins if we look like more of the same. He wins if we look like Washington. And so the riskiest thing we could do is try too hard to play it safe.”

“There is no back to normal. A president like this doesn’t even come within cheating distance of the Oval Office unless there is something deeply wrong with the old normal,” counseled Buttigieg. “In these times Democrats can no more keep a promise to take us back to the 2000s and the 1990s, than conservatives can keep a promise to

take us back to the 1950s. We can only look forward.”

Sanders was the bluntest in his rejection of a compromised message—and talk from former vice president Joe Biden, a California no-show, about “generating consensus” with the Republicans on issues such as climate change.

“As you all know, there is a debate among presidential candidates who have spoken to you here in this room and those who have chosen for whatever reason not to be in this room about the best way forward,” noted Sanders, who told the cheering crowd:

We have got to make it clear that when the future of the planet is at stake, there is no middle ground. We will take on the fossil fuel industry and transform our energy system. We have got to make it clear that when this country drifts toward oligarchy, there is no middle ground. Large profitable corporations like Amazon will pay their fair share of taxes. When it comes to health care, there is no middle ground. Health care is a human right, not a privilege. And we will guarantee health care to all of our people through a Medicare-for-all single-payer system.

When it comes to abortion, there is no middle ground. A woman has the right to control her own life, not the government. When it comes to prescription drugs, no middle ground. We’re going to take on the pharmaceutical industry, cut prescription drug prices in half. And when it comes to mass shootings and the fact that 40,000 people were killed last year with guns, no middle ground, we will take on the NRA. And when it comes to criminal justice reform and immigration reform, no middle ground. We will take on the prison-industrial complex. We will take on racism at the border. And when it comes to foreign policy, no middle ground. We will finally put an end to a bloated military budget and end endless wars.

That was a combative message. Almost as combative as Harry Truman’s, when he advised Democrats challenging Republicans to “Carry the battle to them. Don’t let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don’t ever apologize for anything.”


I doubt that anyone would think that Buttigieg said that. Although now people that read this might 😉


Help a Moderate Day:


That is precious! I love it.


How Illinois Became the First State Legislature to Legalize Marijuana Sales

Ten states have legalized recreational marijuana use through ballot initiatives. On Friday, Illinois took things one step further, becoming the first state legislature to pass a bill legalizing the sale and possession of it. (In 2018, Vermont lawmakers only legalized possession.)

The Illinois bill is notable for its attempts to wrap in significant criminal justice reform. Karen O’Keefe, with the Marijuana Policy Project, says it has a “very broad” component expunging people’s criminal records for doing what will soon be legal in Illinois. Additionally, would-be marijuana vendors in high-poverty, high-conviction neighborhoods will get preference in their applications. Proceeds from taxes and revenue will be reinvested in communities hard hit by marijuana convictions. (Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) is expected to sign the bill, making Illinois the 11th state where marijuana is legal for recreational use.)

The Fix spoke to state Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D), a leading pro-legalization voice in the legislature’s black caucus, about how she advocated for the bill against a significant backdrop of skepticism within the black community. Our conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

The Fix: What kind of reservations did your black colleagues have about this?

Hutchinson: There are a lot of us who have a fair and honest amount of cynicism, considering what cannabis did to our communities in the criminal justice space. It’s like: “Okay, so now you’re making money, you want to do this? Where was all this wonderful goodwill for criminal justice reform when we needed this the most?”

That is an honest reaction, it is an earned reaction, and there is part of me that understands totally and agrees 100 percent. Our opioid crisis, when it was just heroin with black communities, there was no care and mental health services. It wasn’t a public health crisis. It was a straight up criminal issue: You locked all the junkies away.

So there were people who were like: “Why should I get involved in this?”

The Fix: It sounds like black communities need to proactively pull up a seat at the table in legalization debates; they’re not automatically included.

H: Absolutely. There is no way in the world we can normalize and legalize this activity across the country and allow folks to codify the inequities that exist. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t take a thing that has done so much damage and so much harm and then allow folks to make millions of dollars on it without handling that. No. No, absolutely not.

We may not get everything we want, but we got a seat at the table every single time.

There are still people in the country that are sitting in jail and sitting in prisons dealing with the lifetime impact of the war on drugs. So this is a start. We are really hoping this stance catches fire. I hope people realize you can’t do one [legalization] without the other [criminal justice reform].

The Fix: Why was passing this through legislature so significant?

H:What it allowed us to do is insert really important conversations into the mix. In a ballot measure, it’s a paragraph. You are asking: “Do you think we should tax and regulate it like alcohol?” That is a simple question to ask, it’s very complicated to ask: “How do we do that?”

So the fact we put in a deliberate process so that our equities were at the center of every conversation — from how licensing would be, to what expungement would look like, to vendors — that was so important because we got to put those topics in the mix. We were very clear that it wasn’t happening without those.

I don’t even pretend that this is the end. I think this means the work just starts. Because we have to rebuild the communities that were disproportionally impacted and that need to share in the ability to grow in the industry. That is only fair. We bore the brunt of the worst of it.

The Fix:
What moment in this legalization debate will you remember most?

H:There’s no way to have a conversation with any policymaker who is African American or Latino and not have a very very hard talk about what this really means to us and what we’re saying to the world. Because we know the world was watching. And I don’t think I’ll ever forget all those conversations. There were arguments and tears and everything from cynicism and anger to hope in a matter of months that needed to be spoken to. And I feel like I carry that.

[Editor’s note: Hutchinson starts choking up with tears]. I carry that because I know I’m speaking for people who couldn’t speak for themselves. So I’ll never forget that.

What’s not clear to me is if legalizing sales will loosen up credit in order for small businesses to set up shops, but I’ll do a little more digging.

Otherwise, this is a prime example of #NoMiddleGround.


The Feds have to be kicked upside the head to take pot off the Controlled Substance Cat 1 list. That’s why the banksters are stalling over handling the revenue. It’s still cash only. 🙁 Good on Illinois, Benny. You all are lucky!!!! 🙂


Since the R controlled WI wont even approve medicinal, Illinois entrepreneur’s would be wise to open some stores close to the Wi-Ill boarder. Wi is going to lose some tax revenue but the WI R’s don’t care since anything Evers is for their automatically against more or less.



Donald Trump on Tuesday laid down the battle lines for negotiations on a future US-UK trade deal, insisting that a “phenomenal” agreement was possible but only if Britain’s National Health Service was part of the talks.

The US president, on the second day of a UK state visit, claimed that transatlantic trade between the two countries could be “two and even three times what we’re doing now” after Brexit, but made it clear that it would involve painful choices for Britain.

“Everything will be on the table — the NHS, everything,” Mr Trump said at a joint conference with UK prime minister Theresa May, as he looked ahead to a post-Brexit trade agreement.

The idea of opening up the taxpayer-funded NHS to more US medical companies — the health service already buys in some capabilities from the private sector, including US groups — is highly controversial in Britain.

A trade deal with the US could also potentially involve the NHS having to pay higher prices for drugs made by American companies. The NHS currently pays significantly less for medicines from US companies than American healthcare purchasers.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that Eurosceptic Conservatives, vying to become Tory leader and implement Brexit, would embark on a policy of “disaster capitalism” once they had weakened links with the EU. “They all need to understand: our NHS is not for sale,” he added.


Why Britain’s National Health Service keeps coming up during Trump’s UK visit

American healthcare companies spot an opening. The NHS needs investment — and after Brexit, Britain wants a trade deal with the US.

Woody Johnson, the US ambassador to the UK, started it off when he suggested on a BBC political show on Sunday that it would be part of any post-Brexit US-UK trade negotiation.

The President addressed it again on Tuesday when he was asked about it at a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May. “When you’re dealing in trade everything is on the table, so NHS or anything else, a lot more than that, but everything will be on the table, absolutely,” Trump said.



Even the Brit FRightwing have told Woody to (politely) shove it regarding the NHS, Brexit or no Brexit. The orange fruitcake moron has been having a field day insulting the Mayor of London and Meghan M (whatever her royal Brit name is). Man, does that painted insult to humanity need to be impeached. Never thought I would see the day when some POTUS yahoo would make Trick the Dick look like a saint. 🙁


please god no.


LOL. Things never change with Biden


Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden released on Tuesday a comprehensive proposal to combat global climate change, adding to the mix of candidates who have made rolling back dangerous emissions a central tenet of their campaigns.

But multiple sentences in Biden’s proposal appear to lift passages from letters and websites for different organizations. The copied sentences are particularly notable because of Biden’s past history of plagiarism, which played a major role in tanking his 1988 presidential campaign.

The Biden campaign told INSIDER, “Several citations were inadvertently left out of the final version of the 22-page document. As soon as we were made aware of it, we updated to include the proper citations.”

Biden’s 1988 presidential campaign failed in part because of accusations of plagiarism. In one instance, Biden copied a speech from a UK politician who claimed to have been the first in his family to graduate from college, while the then-Delaware senator actually had several relatives who had earned degrees.

Biden also came under scrutiny for plagiarizing lines from a law journal while at Syracuse University.

“My intent was not to deceive anyone,” Biden wrote upon being disciplined in law school. ”For if it were, I would not have been so blatant.”


such a sleazeball.


Vying to succeed it are at least three major political alternatives: far-right nationalism, center-left reformism, and the progressive left (with the center-right representing the neoliberal failure). And yet, with the exception of the progressive left, these alternatives remain beholden to some form of the ideology that has (or should have) expired.

The center-left, for example, represents neoliberalism with a human face. Its goal is to bring the policies of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair into the twenty-first century, making only slight revisions to the prevailing modes of financialization and globalization.



They have so damn much “infrastructure“ and people already in place that it’s like kudzu or ivy. You can’t get rid of the damn thing.



Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to make a punchline out of allegations that he has a history of inappropriately touching women and invading their personal space.

“I want the press to know, she pulled me close,” the 2020 presidential candidate said Tuesday at a town hall event in Berlin, New Hampshire, referring to a woman at the event who whispered something in his ear after he handed her a chair.




It is unclear whether Biden’s team had always intended to go relatively big on climate or whether it scrapped a more modest proposal after witnessing the backlash to the Reuters report. Regardless, there’s little reason to believe that Biden has a deep ideological commitment to Green New Deal–esque climate policies; just a decade ago, he favored expanding oil drilling on public lands.

But then, there isn’t much reason to believe Biden is an ideologue of any kind on most issues of public policy. During his half-century in American politics, Biden has displayed a passion for triangulation and, in so doing, made himself complicit in a wide variety of odious policies. But he’s always been more of an unscrupulous opportunist than a principled centrist. Biden was for busing to desegregate America’s schools until his constituents were against it. He attacked Republicans for pushing tougher sentences for nonviolent offenders until he decided that tough-on-crime liberalism was good politics — at which point, he made the expansion of mandatory minimum sentencing a personal cause. When the Christian right was ascendent, Biden indulged his Catholicism and voted as a conservative Democrat on abortion rights; now that “pro-life Democrat” is bordering on a contradiction in terms, he’s telling activists that he supports federal funding for abortion services. When marching with the civil-rights movement was personally inconvenient, Biden didn’t; when saying he marched with the civil-rights movement was politically convenient, he did.

None of this is to say that Biden has literally no earnest political convictions or that all of his decisions are mechanistically determined by political considerations. Any unified theory of any politician is bound to be reductive. But “Biden will go wherever the wind’s blowing” seems sound as a general rule for anticipating his actions.

On high-profile campaign issues like climate and health care, this is redounding to progressives’ benefit. Uncle Joe might not support Medicare for All, but his making a strong public option the right flank of the Democrats’ health-care debate is a massive win for advocates of universal coverage. But what happens when that campaign is won, much of the Resistance returns to brunch, and corporate lobbyists are the only powerful constituency watching? Will the Biden administration let Warren’s conscience be its guide on arcane issues of financial regulation? Or channel Sanders’s righteous indignation when Big Pharma asks it to use trade deals as a covert means of entrenching patent monopolies?

Not unless there’s a change in the political climate.


He’s already promised his donors behind closed doors. Please.


Is there a blue moon out tonight??


Who’s he gonna go for?

( to the tune of Ghostbusters.)


oh yeah.








This seems important.





Of course, not much is a surprise. Gillibrand and Inslee have already endorsed.


Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to endorse abortion rights advocate Marie Newman in her primary challenge against Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, one of the last remaining anti-abortion Democrats in Congress, the Sanders campaign told BuzzFeed News exclusively Tuesday. It is Sanders’ first congressional endorsement of the 2020 cycle.

Lipinksi beat Newman by just two points in 2018, and the rematch has captured national attention as anti-abortion legislation has become law in states across the country in recent weeks.

“At a time when workers are under attack by Wall Street and women’s rights are under attack by well-funded extremist groups across the country, I am proud to support Marie Newman’s grassroots campaign for Congress,” Sanders said in a statement shared with BuzzFeed News. “Marie will challenge the establishment by fighting for Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, expanding workers’ rights, and she will be a powerful voice for upholding Roe v Wade at a disturbing moment in our history when a woman’s right to control her own body and future is at stake.”


It’s probably a bit awkward though. Lipinski supported Bernie in 2016. But situations change.


Speaking of BuzzFeed News



Sen. Bernie Sanders in an interview Tuesday slammed mega-retailer Walmart’s resistance to raising its workers minimum wage to $15 per hour as “grotesque” and “absurd.”

Sanders made his comments in an exclusive interview with USA TODAY on the eve of Walmart’s annual shareholders meeting. The Democratic presidential candidate was invited to speak there as a proxy for the Walmart workers’ right group United for Respect.

“When you have a situation where the wealthiest family in America, which is the Walton family of Walmart, has $174 billion in wealth, it is really absurd and unacceptable that they are paying their workers starvation wages,” Sanders told USA TODAY before heading to Arkansas for the meeting.


I keep getting “sorry, no such page” when I click on “Bernie call”




Candidates Bernie Sanders, Jay Inslee, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, Peter Buttigieg, Bill de Blasio, Marianne Williamson, Wayne Messam and Eric Swalwell all support a ban on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” according to a survey updated Monday by The Washington Post. Several other candidates, including Kirsten Gillibrand and Beto O’Rourke, would not ban fracking but support tougher environmental regulation of the oil and gas industry. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris did not respond to the survey.

Biden released his much-anticipated climate plan on Tuesday, but it says nothing about fracking. The plan embraces the Green New Deal “framework” favored by climate activists, but environmental groups were disappointed by the details. Similar to policies rolled out under President Obama, Biden would support investment in nuclear energy as well as “carbon capture” technology that traps emissions from fossil fuel energy sources, two false solutions often opposed by environmentalists who argue that clean energy means no more fracking, mining for coal and nuclear plants.



White House hopeful and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) slammed former Vice President Joe Biden’s new climate change proposal, saying its plans to produce net-zero emissions and a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050 “lack teeth.”

“I was pleased that Vice President Biden issued a plan today. I think it’s great to see anybody’s ideas. But I have to express disappointment that the vice president’s proposals really lack teeth,” Inslee, who has based his campaign around climate policy, told reporters Tuesday.


Sanders/Inslee ticket works for me. 🙂


I could also support Sanders/Baldwin.



LD: good morning. 🙂 Benny posted a diary linking a Bernie diary over at TOP on here yesterday. It has since disappeared. I can’t recall that cyber gremlin ever happening on here. ??????

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