Biden: “Yes” Sacrifice “hundreds of thousands” of Jobs for “greener economy”

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During Thursday night’s Democratic debate, former Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden stated he would be willing to sacrifice “hundreds of thousands” of jobs to transition into a “greener economy.”

“Vice President Biden, I’d like to ask you, three consecutive American presidents have enjoyed stints of explosive economic growth due to oil and gas production,” Tim Alberta, one of the debate moderators, asked Biden. “As president would you be willing to sacrifice some of that growth, even knowing potentially that it could displace thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers in the interest transitioning to that greener economy?”

“The answer is yes,” Biden responded, “the answer is yes because the opportunity for those workers is to switch to high paying jobs. We should, in fact, be making sure right now that every new building built is energy contained, that it doesn’t leak energy, that in fact we should be providing tax credits for people to be able to make their homes turn to solar power. There are all kinds of folks — right here in California, we’re now on the verge of having batteries that are about the size of the top of this podium that you can store energy when in fact the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. We have enormous opportunities.”

In short, Biden essentially is endorsing government-mandated increased income inequality and unemployment by proposing legislating away “hundreds of thousands” of blue collar jobs to be replaced with a few “high paying jobs.”