Biden Faces Criticism After Climate Plan Mirrors Language From Nonprofit, Draws Accusations of Plagiarism

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Former Vice President Joe Biden found himself in hot water after portions of his new proposal on climate change were found to be near-copies of the language used by a nonprofit group.

As IJR reported earlier, Biden revealed his $5 trillion climate plan early Tuesday morning, announcing his goal to have the U.S. economy be fueled by 100 percent clean energy with net-zero carbon emissions.

It didn’t take long before examples of language that Biden used were drawn into question. Josh Nelson, the vice president of CREDO Mobile, was the first Twitter user to highlight the striking comparisons.

He took screenshots of Biden’s plan and compared them to the work done by the Blue Green Alliance and the Carbon Capture Coalition — two environmental nonprofits.

The Blue Green Alliance wrote: “Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is a rapidly growing technology that has potential to create economic benefits for multiple industries while significantly reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.”

Biden’s website stated: “Carbon capture, use, and storage (CCUS) is a rapidly growing technology that has the potential to create economic benefits for multiple industries while significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions.”

Nelson also found this example: 

The Carbon Capture Coalition writes: “Its goal is to make carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) a widely available, cost-effective, and rapidly scalable solution to reduce carbon emissions to meet mid-century climate goals.”

Biden’s website read: “Biden’s goal is to make CCUS a widely available, cost-effective, and rapidly scalable solution to reduce carbon emissions to meet mid-century climate goals.”

After Nelson highlighted the similarities, several other examples were uncovered. The Daily Caller News Foundation found three additional examples of suspiciously similar language in Biden’s plan from reports from Vox, American Rivers, and Climate.gov.

On Twitter, several people noted that this would not be the first time Biden has been caught plagiarizing. In fact, plagiarism was one of the key factors in sinking his first presidential bid.

After the blowback, Biden’s team updated its online plan to include references to both the Blue Green Alliance and the Carbon Capture Coalition, along with the nonprofits’ original quotes. It also updated one of the quotes found by the Daily Caller to include a citation to American Rivers.

In a statement to Business Insider, Biden’s team said the lack of citations was inadvertent.

“Several citations were inadvertently left out of the final version of the 22-page document,” the statement said. “As soon as we were made aware of it, we updated to include the proper citations.”

Biden is one of 23 Democrats vying to be the party’s nominee for president in 2020. He has been the leading candidate according to almost every early poll.

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Otis
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Plagiarism is nothing new to Joe. He may have no original thoughts.

Brian
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Time for him to go and enjoy his retirement.. He’s not what the country needs.. and he was an integral part of the Obama plan of destruction and failures of the Obama policies.. Obama was a disaster, and good ol joe was right there with him.. He won’t be the nominee, and if he is.. he will go down in FLAMES.. Oh and he’s still a creeper dude.. can’t keep his hands off little girls, and just doesn’t THINK before his mouth goes in gear.. He’s full of gaffs, the left thinks that Trump is bad.. Biden would be a… Read more »

General Confusion
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I am confused as to why anyone would support Biden.

If you were against Hillary Clinton, then Biden would be just a continuation of her centrist, non-urgent, fiddle-around-the-edges, corrupt policies. He is only coming up with this “plan” because there is pressure coming from enough concerned voters that he had to rush and find something to fill his policy hole. Whoopsie.

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