Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden this week attempted to portray Donald Trump as dishonest by pushing back against the president’s claims that he intends to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the U.S.
Comparing those remarks to his past comments on the matter, however, shows he is the one finessing the truth to make his current case, as reported by Breitbart.
“I am not banning fracking”
Not only has he expressed support for a ban on the controversial form of shale oil extraction, but his campaign has also made the case for a halt on all fossil fuel production.
Biden’s latest assertion on the matter comes as he attempts to counter Trump’s portrayal of him as a vessel of the Democratic Party’s far-left faction.
In a paraphrase from the former vice president, Trump is describing him as “a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters.”
As he attempted to disprove that depiction, the former vice president shot down the president’s claims about efforts to stop fracking during a recent speech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Biden said Trump had been lying when he made the allegation.
“I am not banning fracking,” Biden stated. “Let me say again: I am not banning fracking. No matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me.”
“Attempting to walk back”
In a debate appearance during the Democratic presidential primary, however, he took a notably different stance. When he squared off against U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on a debate stage in March, Biden said in no uncertain terms, “No new fracking.”
The Biden campaign has clarified that he only wants to prevent the expansion of drilling on federally owned land, but he is also promising to eventually bring an end to all fossil fuel production. Even judging by the most conservative spin his team now wants to put on the issue, it represents a clear contrast with the president.
Trump campaign spokesperson Samantha Zager said that Biden is “attempting to walk back his previous statements after realizing voters aren’t happy about his proposal to kill thousands of jobs,” as reported by Reuters.
Biden used some of his speech in Pennsylvania to tout the future of “clean energy” and its potential to create thousands of new jobs.
While it is unclear precisely where Biden stands on the matter, his vacillation appears to indicate he will either say anything to get a vote or simply cannot remember his own policy platform.