Presidential Candidate Joe Biden Visits Mayor Marty Walsh to Discuss Climate Change
BOSTON - Joe Biden, former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, visited Boston yesterday to meet with Mayor Marty Walsh. While Biden was in the area, Walsh took him on a tour of the park being built in memory of Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy from Dorchester, and the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings. The mayor and former vice president shared with each other their plans for combating climate change not only within the city of Boston, but the country at large.
Boston has often been the focus of green initiatives and innovation. Earlier this year, Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey, a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal and long time environmental hawk, helped unveil the much-discussed bill and launch a nationwide Road To A Green New Deal Tour by the progressive Sunrise Movement. Multiple town halls were held in the area, featuring guests such as freshman Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley.
Biden's visit to Boston came after a Tuesday announcement his own climate policy proposals in Concord, New Hampshire. His 22-page proposal is a four-part plan to help ease climate concerns both nationally and internationally. Biden's goals include net zero emissions by 2050, limiting methane pollution by oil and gas companies, and using the federal government to promote energy efficiency and usage of more eco-friendly solutions such as electric cars. Biden’s proposal also aims to limit methane pollution given off by oil and gas operations, promote energy efficiency tactics through federal government activities, and implement possible biofuel solutions.
After releasing his proposal to combat climate change Tuesday afternoon, Biden received some backlash from climate control critics. Candidates such as Washington Governer and primary opponent Jay Inslee, who has made climate change the central focus of his campaign, feel the policies are too broad and offer no details on how Biden intends to achieve them. Biden also received criticism for plagiarizing parts of his policy, which he apologized for, calling it "a mistake".
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