“No, I do not support the Green New Deal,” Biden said.
“Oh, no? Oh, well, that’s a big statement,” Trump interrupted.
“I support Biden’s plan,” Biden said, which is different from what (Trump) calls the “radical” green deal.
After praising GND’s “framework,” the Biden environmental campaign website outlines the main points of Biden’s own plan to combat climate change, which includes elements such as building energy-efficient infrastructure and a goal for the United States to reach zero emissions. 2050
Although the two plans overlap with some environmental goals, Biden’s plan does not include many of the social assistance proposals such as GND. For example, Biden does not call for guaranteed employment for every American with family and medical leave and paid leave, as suggested by GND.
In an email explosion after the discussion, Trump’s campaign attacked Biden for his comments, saying “Biden can’t distance himself from his embrace with (GND) no matter how hard he tries.”
Biden’s response during the debate is not the first time he has been nuanced in the GND discussion. During an initial Democratic debate in March with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Biden said of Sanders’ GND climate proposal, “We don’t agree on the details of how we do it, but we don’t contradict the principle of establishing Green New Deal.
On Wednesday, Biden reiterated that position, telling reporters that the “green new course” the president is still trying to talk about is not a bad deal, but not the plan I have. This is the Biden Green Deal, that’s what it’s about. “
“Our differences are exactly why I joined Biden’s Climate Unity Working Group – so that we can separate our differences and come up with an aggressive climate plan to deal with the planetary crisis at our feet.”
Biden is following a thin line, but praising the non-binding 14-page resolution as a “crucial framework” is not the same as fully supporting potential Green New Deal policies and proposals.