Young Black voters say they aren't enthusiastic about a Joe Biden presidency
Joe Biden has touted his record supporting the African American community. But young Black voters want to see more from Biden.Across the country, young people are protesting systemic racism and calling on political leaders to reallocate funding from local police to other community resources. Green, who is Black, criticized Biden for not supporting the “Defund the Police” movement that many activists support.
Top Republicans are looking to target presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's $2 trillion climate and infrastructure plan, expressing confidence the former vice president's position on issues like fracking will give them an edge in the rust belt states heading into November. © Greg Nash Republicans say Biden energy plan will help GOP in rust belt states
Biden unveiled his ambitious plan to make electricity generation carbon-free by 2035 on Tuesday.
This plan follows his existing $5 trillion climate plan that incorporates elements of the Green New Deal, a progressive policy spearheaded by firebrand freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). However, Republicans have repeatedly bashed the Green New Deal as a socialist takeover in their messaging strategy.
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The factions of the Democratic coalition have come into alignment on climate change.After the ignominious failure of the Democratic climate change bill in President Barack Obama’s first term — the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill that narrowly passed the House but never came to a vote in the Senate — what little unity there was on climate change within the Democratic coalition fractured. Everyone went their own way, furious at everyone else.
During a Trump campaign call on Tuesday featuring House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), the lawmakers told reporters they believe climate and energy are winning issues for Republicans in key states necessary in retaining the White House and down ballot.
Biden's proposal is a sharp contrast to President Trump's policies.
Democrats have repeatedly attacked the GOP for not prioritizing an agenda to combat climate change, but Republicans argue Biden's plan to shift away from the country's reliance on fossil fuels will be off-putting to swing voters in states that rely on natural gas and oil jobs.
"We have hundreds of thousands of jobs - over 250,000 jobs would be lost, under Joe Biden's Green New Deal energy plan. You would see higher energy costs, and you would see who gets hit the hardest - it's low-income families," Scalise said during the call.
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In public comments and in advertising, President Donald Trump and his allies have tried to cast Democratic opponent Joe Biden as an anti-police radical. © Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America/Getty Images DUNMORE, PENNSYLVANIA - JULY 09: The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks at McGregor Industries on July 09, 2020 in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. The former vice president, who grew up in nearby Scranton, toured a metal works plant in Dunmore in northeastern Pennsylvania and spoke about his economic recovery plan.
Scalise also took a swing at Biden over Solyndra, the solar manufacturer that received $535 million in stimulus dollars in 2009 recovery package before going bankrupt, arguing the policies laid out would lead to an influx of similar instances.
"We'll see Solyndras all across the nation - failed energy policy, which would lead to higher energy costs and lost jobs. And what I represent Southeast Louisiana, and our economy, we've been very active in the production of energy," Scalise said.
Kelly echoed Scalise's sentiments, adding that he believes the shift away from fossil fuels and fracking could have negative implications in unexpected areas.
"If Joe Biden really cared about Pennsylvania, why would he proposed killing over 600,000 jobs that are supported by fracking in a state that's provided stability and health care to families across the state."
Senior Biden campaign officials told reporters that the former vice president opposes any new fracking on public lands during a call on Tuesday.
Biden proposes plan to reach 100% clean electricity by 2035
Former vice president Joe Biden released a plan on Tuesday that calls for a carbon-free power system by 2035 and proposed $2 trillion in green energy spending. The campaign described the proposal, which would move the nation rapidly toward a quick reduction of its reliance on fossil fuels, as a jobs and infrastructure plan, building upon and incorporating his initial climate policy, by "scaling up and accelerating our investments to meet the moment we are in: an economic crisis," according to one campaign adviser.
While recent polls show Biden ahead of Trump in places like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, the lawmakers said they believe after the nominating conventions, the focus will shift away from the coronavirus pandemic onto other policy areas.
"Keep in mind Joe Biden is not officially the Democratic nominee yet, so you know, just as the Democrats were moving through their nominating process, a global pandemic broke out so the country's focus is clearly right now on the pandemic. And so polls don't really tell you what's going to happen," Scalise said.
"In October, the race will clearly tighten when there's debates when you can see the contrast. And so, Pennsylvania voters are going to be able to see real soon what Joe Biden's proposed policies would be on fracking contrasted with President Trump's pro-energy agenda, and it's a clear contrast."
Biden's camp asserts his climate plan won't have a negative impact on the job market, with it laying out a goal of creating at least 250,000 jobs in the energy sector.
Rachel Frazin contributed.
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