"Polls show that fighting climate change is a top priority for Democratic voters, and Mr. Biden selected the issue for his second policy rollout, after an education plan he released last week".
Biden's campaign waited the better part of a day to address the charges as the news spread, buoyed by anger at the candidate over news he'd lied about marching in the civil rights movement, finally telling Business Insider that while they had "inadvertently left out" "several citations" from the final version of the document posted to the website, it had been updated to include references.
"The paragraph in Joe Biden's climate plan about carbon capture and sequestration includes language that is remarkably similar to items published previously by the Blue Green Alliance and the Carbon Capture Coalition", Josh Nelson wrote on Twitter with screenshots that show almost the same language.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper introduced the topic by citing a New York Times account of Biden's 1987 "false claim" published Monday.
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Biden's plan lays out five key goals - reaching net-zero emissions and 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050, building a "stronger, more resilient" nation, rallying the climate change fight worldwide, fight polluters who "disproportionately harm" low-income Americans and minorities and helping American workers with the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.
As president, Biden says he'd start by reversing many actions of the Trump administration, then turn to necessary congressional action and executive branch regulation, while using USA political and economic muscle to limit emissions from other nations. What would a Joe Biden candidacy be without a little plagiarism?' said Tim Murtaugh, campaign communications director.
The former vice president's outline tracks some ideas of the Green New Deal pushed by many Democrats in Washington, though Biden isn't as aggressive in his timeline for curbing emissions.
But David Axelrod, a Democratic strategist and architect of Obama's 2008 campaign, was skeptical that the errors in his climate policy proposal will affect his front-running campaign.
'There are many, many molehills that look like mountains during a campaign, ' Axelrod said. "The challenge for the campaigns and the press is to decide which is which".