‘In a Twitter thread on Tuesday, climate researcher and University of California, Santa Barbara professor Leah Stokes said Biden’s proposal to confront the climate crisis – which was released amid growing pressure and criticism
from grassroots environmental groups – reads like a ‘cribbed plan.'”
” ‘As a professor, I’ve seen plagiarism before,’ Stokes wrote. ‘It’s like his team copied off of his competitors, using all the same keywords (‘environmental justice,’ ‘Green New Deal’) but with less substance.’ “
” ‘I have no problem with campaigns borrowing ideas with one another,’ Stokes added. ‘But there needs to be substance and commitment behind those plans. I am wary that we will find empty words with the Biden team.’ “
“Green groups echoed Stokes’ concerns about the substance of Biden’s plan prior to accusations that parts of the proposal were lifted straight from industry-friendly organizations.
In a statement
following the release of Biden’s plan on Tuesday, Wenonah Hauter – executive director of Food & Water Action – described the proposal as ‘a cobbled-together assortment of weak emissions targets and unproven technological schemes that fail to adequately address the depth and urgency of the climate crisis we face.’
“‘This plan cannot be considered a serious proposal to tackle climate change,” Hauter said. ‘Biden’s focus on ‘net zero’ emissions, carbon capture programs, and vague pollution pricing schemes all point to one outcome: a society continuing to be dominated by fossil fuels, and a future of irrevocable climate chaos’ ” Read article here.
By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, June 5, 2019