'Backward-Looking Politics': Biden Hits President's Record on Climate Change

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Thrusting the California wildfires and climate change squarely into the heart of the presidential campaign, Democratic nominee Joe Biden lashed out Monday at President Donald Trump, just before the president touched down near Sacramento.

Biden got out ahead of the president by delivering a speech in Delaware about the devastating California fires and their impact far beyond the areas that are actually burning.

"People are not just worried about raging fires, they’re worried about the air they breathe (and) the damage to their lungs," Biden said. "Parents are already worried about COVID-19 for their children when they’re indoors, and now they’re worried about asthma attacks if their kids are outside."

The former vice president said President Trump is failing on the four great crises facing America: coronavirus, recession, White supremacy and a reckoning on race, and now, climate change.

Biden added if the country doesn’t embrace action on the warming climate, the record-melting wildfires will only intensify.

"You give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised if we have more of America ablaze?" Biden said.

Biden is taking a middle path on climate change.

He won’t go as far as the most progressive environmentalists want by banning fracking and endorsing all of the Green New Deal, but his renewable energy plan and pledge to end carbon emissions from power plants are the most aggressive of any previous presidential nominee.

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