Former Vice President, Joe Biden was accused of plagiarism on Tuesday after releasing a climate change plan to the public.
The 22-page plan seems to be a collage of copy and pasted passages from several previously published sources.
The issues were noticed first by CREDO’s vice president, John Nelson with Peter Hasson of the Daily Caller also adding examples.
They seem to come from various policy shops, advocacy organizations, and even a Vox article.
Here is one such passage: “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.”
This is a direct copy of part of a letter sent by BlueGreen Alliance executive director Kim Glas to Congress in 2017.
In response to these allegations, a Biden spokesperson said in an email that “several citations…were inadvertently left out,” and that “as soon as we were made aware of it, we updated it to include the proper citations.”
While plagiarism, can be a severe matter, it seems that in this instance, the phrases and passages used were “publicly available” as quoted from Mike Williams.
Williams is the interim co-executive director of BlueGreen Alliance, a political advocacy organization that commonly send out information such as the passage copied to those looking for environmental ideas.
Williams went on to say, “We’re fine with any of the candidates utilizing our policies and publicly available documents in their climate, infrastructure, or job plans…The important thing is that candidates live up to their words and implement these important policies and investments.”
However, this instance, no matter how serious, is a blatant reminder of Biden’s past issues with plagiarism. In particular, the “scandal” that led to him dropping out of the presidential race in 1988.
In 1987, Biden was shown a video of Neil Kinnock, a British Labor Leader, making a speech. He liked the speech so much that he quoted it on several occasions during his campaign.
But during one event, he went so far as to base his whole speech off of it, not only using Kinnock’s ideas but also copying his life story and making up facts about himself.
Obviously, this was a problem, and it was disastrous for Biden’s campaign. David Yepsen, a political reporter who was given inside information in the 1987 scandal, says the situation was “explosive.”
Yepsen, when questioned Tuesday about the most recent plagiarism incident said, “Someone on the campaign really screwed up, and it’s the kind of sideshow story he doesn’t need…Everybody who is working for Joe Biden should understand this bit of our history and be particularly mindful of not making that same mistake again.”
Aside from the possible plagiarism, the climate plan was praised by environmental groups for its attempt at net-zero emissions by 2050 as well as the ban of gas and oil drilling on public lands. Left-wing Democrats aren’t quite as favorable towards it, as they consider him to be playing it safe on most issues instead of taking a real stand.