Joe Biden

Sunday, January 26, 2020
Des Moines
Bird Dogs: Shaun Ahern, Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon and Samantha Kuhn

Samantha writes: This was an event at Urban Dreams, a non-profit that works with Des Moines’ Black community, and located a couple blocks from where Ed lived for 19 years. Joe Biden’s approach to convincing people to vote for him was bizarre. Ed asked him about his contradictory positions on pipelines, since Biden claims to be anti-pipeline but also wants to rebuild and replace older pipelines. When asked about this, he rudely informed Ed, “Go find yourself another candidate.”

We were grouped together when Ed asked Biden for a picture. When Biden told Ed, No,” we started to leave. Then Biden asked me if I wanted a picture with him, even though I was carrying a “Climate is a Crisis” sign. I commented “But, you just said ‘No’ to a picture,” to which he responded, “I’ll take a picture with you.”

Hmmm, interesting that he would want a photo with me, clearly part of the group, with a climate sign.


It was also disturbing that Biden lied about his “street cred” with the African-American community. He tried to convince folks that he’s always been a strong supporter of the Black community because he grew up around Black churches and lived through the Civil Rights Movement. (Time-wise he did, but there is NO evidence that he participated in it himself. While Bernie Sanders was being arrested for participating in Civil Rights demonstrations, Biden was voting against integrating schools through busing.)

Growing up in blue-collar Scranton and New Castle County, Delaware (where less than 0.03% of the population was African-America) made it highly unlikely Biden encountered many African-Americans when he was in Pennsylvania and while living in an unincorporated white suburb in New Castle County, Delaware, where he attended a private Catholic school. Biden had the nerve to inform African-American members of the audience that he had been to more Black churches than they had.

Biden: "Go vote for someone else."

When asked about pipeline infrastructure, Joe Biden advises Ed Fallon to "Go vote for someone else." He goes on to say, in so many words, that we can't make a difference by 2030.

Posted by Bold Iowa on Monday, January 27, 2020


Saturday, November 23, 2019
Des Moines
Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes and Ed Fallon

Joe Biden had an event at Curate in Des Moines on November 23rd and Ed asked him a couple questions about pipelines. Evidently, Joe thinks we have to REPLACE leaking oil pipeline lines, so fossil fuels can be transported more safely because we NEED access to that oil. Watch his dialogue with Ed and see if you can spot the $5 he is handing out to each kid for ice cream!

Biden's Take on Pipelines

Short video! Listen to Joe Biden explain to Ed Fallon why it will take time to get away from fossil fuels. And, see him chat with kids to whom he's just slipped a five-spot.

Posted by Bold Iowa on Tuesday, December 3, 2019


Monday, November 11, 2019
Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon, Keir Hichens and other Grinnell College students

Ed asks Biden to issue a statement about the proposed doubling of oil through the Dakota Access Pipeline. He says he won’t do that and that he’s against pipelines. Then he goes on to say that we need to dig up old gas pipelines that are leaking methane and replace them.

“Biden can’t have it both ways,” writes Ed Fallon. “You can’t say you oppose pipelines one minute, and the next minute say you want to replace them. Replacing pipelines only further ties us into the death spiral of more and more greenhouse gas emissions.”

Kathy tries to confirm that Biden won’t issue a statement on the Dakota Access Pipeline. Then Keir Hichens and other Grinnell students get involved in the conversation and don’t let Biden off the hook when he tries to say that what needs to happen can’t be done quickly.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019
West Point
Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon


Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Bird Dogs: Shaun Ahern, Kathy Byrnes, Channing Dutton, Ed Fallon, Sheila Knoploh-Odole, Samantha Kuhn

Joe Biden’s event at the Living History Museum ended with our Bold Iowa bird dogs asking him a variety of questions regarding the Climate Crisis, DAPL and whether he would participate in a Climate Debate.


Wednesday, August 20, 2019
Bird Dogs: Margaret Vernon, Kari Noble, Ed Woolsey

Margaret writes: “Biden didn’t take any questions from the audience at large, but a lot of us spoke with him later. I asked if he’d speak out against pipelines and he said he has been against them from the beginning and that they are awful.”


Thursday, August 8, 2019
Des Moines
Asian & Latino Coalition
Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon, Sam Kuhn, Anmol Pakhale

Kathy Byrnes (in yellow) asked Biden to clarify a statement he made in May.


Thursday, August 8, 2019
Des Moines
Iowa State Fair
Bird Dogs: Ed Fallon, Shari Hrdina

Shari reports: We were able to talk with Joe Biden briefly (video 1) 20 minutes before he talked at the Register’s Soapbox. Biden then talked close to three minutes about climate during his stump speech (video 2). Later that day on Iowa Public Radio, they did a recap of today’s soapbox, and played a clip of Biden talking about climate and Iowa’s wind energy. Here is a report on IPR.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Bird Dog: Michael Wilcox


Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Des Moines
Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Tory Church, Parker Creech, Randall Damon, Ed Fallon, Lysa Fisk, Lora Fraracci, Sheila Knoploh-Odole, Samantha Kuhn, Matthew Peirce, Todd Steichen, Russ Ver Ploeg

At his first three stops — Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, and Iowa City — Biden barely mentioned climate change. “He made some basic statement about climate, but it wasn’t anything like we’d want to hear,” said Christine Lehman-Engledow, who attended Biden’s rally in Cedar Rapids.

In Iowa City, Diane Lahr reports, “There was some room to grow on Biden’s environmental platform. He mentioned renewable energy, but I’m hoping he will really address it in the future.”

At Biden’s Des Moines rally, twelve Climate Bird Dogs came primed for action. Six dressed as penguins, others held “Climate is a Crisis” signs or shot photos and video.

One of the penguins, Sheila Knoploh-Odole, said, “We’re dressed as penguins in solidarity with the second largest emperor penguin colony in Antarctica that just collapsed due to climate change. Candidates for president need to make fighting climate change their top priority, because if we don’t achieve a 45% reduction in emissions by 2030 and 100% carbon neutrality by 2050, nothing else will matter.”

The results of our action? Biden talked longer about climate change in Des Moines than he did at the other three Iowa stops combined!

More significantly, our action was picked up by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ABC Politics (check out the 51:00 mark), Courthouse News, local ABC News, Circa, VICE, Redacted Tonight, and more.