Wednesday 19 June 2019

Biden's climate policy 'copied from elsewhere'

 

Joe Biden: his 1988 campaign marred by plagiarism claims. Photo: Reuters/Brian Snyder
Joe Biden: his 1988 campaign marred by plagiarism claims. Photo: Reuters/Brian Snyder

Zamira Rahim

JOE BIDEN has been accused of plagiarism after it was revealed that he copied passages of his climate policy from other sources.

The $5tn (€4.5tn) policy appeared to include passages from documents originally published by the Blue Green Alliance, a collective of workers unions and the Carbon Capture Collective, a coalition of business and environmental groups.

The groups' documents were not cited in the policy. The 'Daily Caller', a conservative outlet, first reported the discrepancy.

"Several citations, some from sources cited in other parts of the plan, were inadvertently left out of the final version of the 22-page document," a Biden campaign spokesperson said.

The Delaware politician unveiled the plan on Tuesday.

Mr Biden, who is the front-runner in the Democratic primary race, pledged to lead the US to having net-zero carbon emissions and 100pc clean energy by 2050.

His failed 1988 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination was marred by similar plagiarism allegations.

He was accused of lifting sections of his campaign speech from a speech by Neil Kinnock, who was then British Labour leader.

Mr Biden also admitted to plagiarising for a law school assignment while studying at Syracuse University.

At the time, Mr Biden said his student plagiarism was caused by him not knowing how to properly document sources. The scandal helped to end his fledgling campaign.

Irish Independent

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