Published: Wed, June 05, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Biden unveils $5 trillion plan for climate change 'revolution'

Biden unveils $5 trillion plan for climate change 'revolution'

In summary: This ain't a Green New Deal.

Nearly immediately after releasing a climate plan Tuesday that green groups slammed as woefully inadequate in part due to its embrace of industry-backed proposals such as "carbon capture", presumptive 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden faced accusations of plagiarizing language from a number of sources, including a coalition consisting of major fossil fuel companies.

Biden's team amended the proposal after it was brought to their attention and blamed the instances on "several citations" that had been "inadvertently left out".

The incidents appeared to be staff errors when detailing Biden's policies, and they underscored how hastily his campaign was attempting to put out specific proposals.

Biden's first bid for the presidency in 1988 was derailed when instances of plagiarism in campaign speeches and during law school came to light.

The Post found that an entire sentence in the plan - beginning with "Students who participate..." - was pulled, without attribution, from a trade publication published by the XQ Institute.

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The use of other groups' words in Biden's environmental plan became known after Josh Nelson of the progressive group CREDO noticed Tuesday that much of its language about carbon capture sequestration appeared to resemble talking points from pro-industry groups.

Biden's 4-part plan addresses climate and energy concerns throughout the United States and across the world.

Joe Biden's campaign acknowledged failing to properly cite passages of a climate policy plan. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., flexed her policy muscles again to roll out a new policy, which responds to the challenges set forth by the Green New Deal, a resolution which she co-sponsored in Congress.

The proposal would invest $1.7 trillion over 10 years in clean energy research and modernizing infrastructure to eliminate the emissions of the greenhouse gases that scientists blame for accelerating climate change and its effects - including rising sea levels, droughts, floods and more frequent powerful storms.

The former vice president unveiled the plan after weeks of pressure from rivals and green activists who said he was not taking global warming seriously enough and would rely too heavily on Obama-era ideas. "This is not an issue of tomorrow".

"As a professor, I've seen plagiarism before", Stokes wrote. "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". But this is about our injury today and that's one of the reasons that people are recognizing the necessity of action today. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton drew ire in coal country when she said as part of a more sweeping statement on energy development that "we're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business".

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