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Greenpeace to Biden: There Is No ‘Middle Ground’ On Climate

WASHINGTON - Today, Reuters reported that Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden is pursuing a “middle ground” climate policy that will include recommitting the United States to the Paris agreement, but falls short of endorsing the Green New Deal and phasing out fossil fuels. In response, Greenpeace USA Climate Campaigner Charlie Jiang said:

“There is no such thing as a middle ground on climate change. We either doom millions of people to climate catastrophe or we don’t. This kind of rhetoric from the frontrunner in the Democratic race is dangerous and irresponsible, especially while many of his 2020 competitors are raising the bar with their climate plans.

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“Joe Biden has called climate change an existential threat. If he truly believes that — if he wants to do right by the communities in Iowa suffering devastating flooding, the people of Puerto Rico still recovering from Hurricane Maria, and the millions more on the frontlines of climate change around the world — then his current plan is not enough. Our next president must take urgent action on day one to say ‘no’ to fossil fuels and ‘yes’ to a Green New Deal, or our future will include more life-threatening climate emergencies.”

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