After suddenly realizing that Pennsylvanians vote, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have recently revised their stances on fracking. This description isn’t even tongue-in-cheek, as these reversals come right as Biden’s polling lead in Pennsylvania has cratered to a tie (and last election cycle, the polls tended to understate Trump support by four points).
Joe Biden took a pro-fracking stance recently in Pennsylvania. “I am not banning fracking. Let me say that again. I am not banning fracking. No matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me,” he said at the Carnegie Mellon University robotics institute. It’s no coincidence that Biden’s flop on fracking occurred in a state that has a significant fracking industry.
You don’t have to listen to “Donald Trump lies” to believe that Biden is opposed to fracking, you have to listen to Joe Biden’s comments (which are apparently now lies themselves).
SUPERCUT: Biden promises "no more" fracking if he's elected President. pic.twitter.com/iWcsU2Yam8
— Abigail Marone 🇺🇸 (@abigailmarone) August 31, 2020
His flip-flop is merely common sense because Pennsylvania isn’t a state that Democrats can afford to lose in 2020.
His Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris has since followed his lead in a recent interview with CNN’s Dana Bash. After mentioning Biden’s recent change of heart, Bash asked Harris “During your primary campaign, you said that you supported a ban. Are you comfortable with Joe Biden’s position?”
Harris replied: “Yes, because Joe is saying, listen, one, those are good- paying jobs in places like Pennsylvania, and, two, that we need to also invest and put a significant investment in the good-paying union jobs that we can create around clean energy, around renewable energy. And that is the kind of approach we need to have, but always understanding that it’s a false choice to suggest that we either take care of jobs or we take care of our environment. We can do both, and we should do both.”
Previously, during a presidential town hall, Harris said “There’s no question I’m in favor of banning fracking, so yes. And starting — and starting with what we can do on day one around public lands, right? And then there has to be legislation, but yes — and this is something I’ve taken on in California. I have a history of working on this issue.”
Just like their recent condemnation of riots that have been occurring nationwide for over three months, it’s fascinating to see how quickly Biden and Harris are willing to change their stance on an issue the second the polls change.