Conservatives have frequently gone after Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. However, it seems that Republicans aren’t the only ones that the former vice president has to worry about.
While giving a speech on climate change in Delaware on Monday, Biden was apparently attacked by a giant bug, which he slapped away. In a video clip posted to Twitter by The Recount, Biden can be heard saying, “The brunt falls disproportionately on communities of color, exacerbating the need for envir–uh, environmental justice.”
The former vice president then touched his ear and slapped away an insect, chuckling, “Sorry, there was a bug–speaking of the environment.” A zoomed-in clip shows just how large the insect was…
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— The Recount (@therecount) September 14, 2020
Biden flip-flops on environmental policy
When it comes to the environment, Biden has made conflicting policy statements over the course of the campaign. For example, he claimed not to oppose hydraulic fracking at a campaign event in Pittsburgh last month.
“I am not banning fracking,” the former vice president told reporters. “Let me say that again. I am not banning fracking, no matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me.”
However, during a primary debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Biden not only pledged to ban fracking but also said that he would limit other forms of energy production as well.
“No more drilling on federal lands,” the senior Democrat promised. “No more drilling, including off-shore. No ability for the oil industry to drill, period.”
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His running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, has made similar comments. At a 2019 CNN town hall she said, “There’s no question I’m in favor of banning fracking.”
Harris went on to add that she has “a history” of opposing the practice in California and said she would move to outlaw off-shore oil drilling.
Biden’s sudden shift on fracking could be due to its economic importance: natural gas exports have exploded in recent years, largely due to the development of fracking technology.
In addition to providing a relatively clean source of energy, fracking has also lead to new jobs in swing states like Pennsylvania. That’s an important factor as polls in the Keystone State have begun to tighten.