His proposal calls the Green New Deal pushed by some Democrats on Capitol Hill "a crucial outline" but stops short of some of its timelines for weaning the US economy off power from fossil fuels, even as he promises a "clean energy revolution" nationwide and internationally.
Biden released his climate plan - which calls for $1.7 trillion in federal spending over 10 years to move the United States toward the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 - on Tuesday morning.
Biden's team amended the proposal after it was brought to their attention and blamed the instances on "several citations" that had been "inadvertently left out".
"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.
"The Biden plan will be paid for by reversing the excesses of the Trump tax cuts for corporations, reducing incentives for tax havens, evasion, and outsourcing, ensuring corporations pay their fair share", according to a statement by his campaign.
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The document by Biden, a former vice president under Barack Obama, cites sources in the text of the plan. After the Post contacted the Biden campaign for comment, the line was updated to include attribution to the institute.
The parallels between Biden's language and that of a coal industry group are particularly noteworthy, given how the former vice president has been criticized as insufficiently progressive on the issue of combatting climate change. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., flexed her policy muscles again to roll out a new policy, which responds to the challenges set forth by the Green New Deal, a resolution which she co-sponsored in Congress.
"My plan calls for, its a staggering number to use in a state like mine and DE, but $1.7 million dollars of investment over the next 10 years to ensure that this country is 100% clean economy net zero emissions by 2050", he said.
Inslee's run for presidency has been defined by his position on climate change.
"Science tells us that how we act or fail to act in the next 12 years will determine the very livability of our planet", Biden said in a statement ahead of the plan's unveiling Tuesday. "This is an issue of damage and pain today, and I've seen that from the people whose homes burned down in Seminole Springs, California, to the people whose nonprofits were flooded in Davenport, California". "That's why I'm calling for a clean energy revolution to confront this crisis and do what America does best - solve big problems with big ideas".