Tag Archives: Joe Biden

A Candid Assessment of Some Presidential Candidates

Dear Friends, Remember how the Republican field shifted in the 2012 and 2016 Iowa Caucuses? The lead changed so many times that emergency rooms across Iowa saw a drastic increase in whiplash cases. Ok, I made that last part up. But seriously, remember one-time 2012 front runner Herman Cain? I didn’t think so. How about 2016 flash-in-the-pack leader Ben Carson? Or shoe-in-for-the-nomination Scott Walker? And oh, how I miss Michele Bachmann. The horde of Democrats running for president this year may or may not experience Continue reading →

Court rules against people, planet, property rights

Dear Friends, For those of us who have fought Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) for nearly five years, today is a sad day. This morning, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that ETP had the right to forcibly take Iowans’ land for an export crude oil pipeline. And make no mistake: DAPL is an export pipeline. While I’ve yet to find anyone, even inside the oil industry, who can tell me exactly how much of the oil is destined for export, it’s Continue reading →

Apology is O’Rourke’s path out of climate contradiction

Dear Friends, Six Bold Climate Bird Dogs arrived at Beto O’Rourke’s CNN town hall last week with great expectations. O’Rourke had just released a climate plan that generated much excitement. He talked about climate during his recent Iowa tour and the plan is featured prominently on his website. Forty-five minutes into the CNN town hall, Terrance Pendleton asked O’Rourke a general question about climate. That was followed by Patrick Bourgeacq’s more specific inquiry into O’Rourke’s past donations from fossil-fuel interests and his pro-oil-industry votes while in Congress. Continue reading →

Could climate change submerge Joe Biden’s presidential bid?

The Guardian Excerpt: In a recent rally in Iowa, Biden said he was “one of the first guys to introduce a climate change bill, way, way back in 87”, a reference to his successful attempt to get President Ronald Reagan to set up a taskforce on the issue. This quote happened because Biden went off script and talked longer about climate due to the presence of the Bold Climate Penguins. Continue reading →

The Dirty Truth About Joe Biden, 1 Million Species Extinct, Israel Attacks

Redacted Tonight Excerpt: In his recent campaign speeches he has hardly mentioned climate change except for when there were penguin people–literally, that’s them–standing right in front of him for the entirety of his speech. So it took some sort of global warming fever dream three feet in front of his face for him to pretend to give a s**t that our future is dying. Continue reading →

A Biden Presidency Would Be a ‘Death Sentence,’ Climate Activists Warn

VICE Excerpt: Ed Fallon, a former Iowa legislator turned radio talk show host and climate activist who once played a game of pool with Biden, wasn’t impressed. He found the former vice-president to be “an eloquent speaker and an all-around likable guy.” But with Iowa recovering from two months of historic flooding linked in part to global carbon emissions, and Democrat supporters rating climate change as a top concern, Fallon wanted to know how seriously Biden takes human survival on our planet. So when Biden spoke Continue reading →

Was Joe Biden a climate change pioneer in Congress? History says yes

PolitiFact Excerpt: Our ruling Biden said, “I’m one of the first guys to introduce a climate change bill, way, way back in ‘87.” There had been some high-profile hearings about climate change on the Hill, as well as a non-binding resolution prior to Biden’s proposal. But he is credited with introducing the first climate change bill. We rate this True. This Biden quote and subsequent article happened because Biden went off script and talked longer about climate due to the presence of the Bold Climate Continue reading → Continue reading →

Joe Biden loves Big Oil

Dear Friends, [CHECK OUT BOLD IOWA’S VIDEO FROM JOE BIDEN’S DES MOINES RALLY] Joe Biden’s campaign bulldozer rolled across Iowa last week. (Tune in to the Fallon Forum, 11:00-12:00 noon today, May 6, as Charles Goldman and I analyze Biden’s Iowa launch. You can also hear the conversation as a podcast and on KHOI 89.1 FM in Ames, KICI 105.3 FM in Iowa City, and other stations across the country.) After stops in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Iowa City — where Biden barely mentioned climate Continue reading →

Voters Like Joe Biden. But Are They in Love?

The New York Times Excerpt: On the stump, though, he doesn’t woo voters with sweeping promises or big plans for the future. I found his answer to climate protesters at an event in Des Moines on Wednesday quite telling. “I got there before any of the other candidates did,” he told a group of demonstrators wearing penguin masks, saying he authored a bill to address climate change in the mid-1980s. Two days earlier, Beto O’Rourke had released a $5 trillion proposal to combat climate change. Continue reading →

Biden not there on climate

Dear Friends, As further evidence of the efficacy of bird-dogging — or penguin-popping, as my daughter Fionna suggests we call it — look no further than Joe Biden’s just-finished campaign blitz through Iowa. 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 Continue reading →