Former Vice President Joe Biden made a comment at Thursday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate that received a lot of attention.
Biden said he would sacrifice economic growth in oil and natural gas production and potentially risk displacing hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers in order to combat climate change.
Moderator Tim Alberta asked: “Three consecutive American presidents have enjoyed stints of explosive economic growth due to a boom in oil and natural gas production…
“As president, would you be willing to sacrifice some of that growth, even knowing potentially that it could displace thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers in the interest of transitioning to that greener economy?”
“The answer is yes,” the former vice president said.
“We’re the only country in the world that’s taken great, great crises and turned them into enormous opportunities,” Biden added.
“We shouldn’t build another new highway in America that doesn’t have charging stations on it. We have an opportunity to put 550,000 charging stations so that we own the electrical vehicle market, creating millions of jobs for people installing them, as well making sure that we own electric vehicle market,” Biden added.
Biden insisted that “we have to make sure we explain it to those people who are displaced that their skills are going to be needed for the new opportunities.”
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