Leading Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden told a crowd of supporters in Peterborough, New Hampshire, over the weekend that the executives of fossil fuel companies should be put in jail.
Hunter Biden, son of the former vice president, was previously a fossil fuel executive as a board member of Burisma Holdings, one of Ukraine’s biggest natural gas companies.
The younger Biden reportedly made as much as $80,000 a month during his time on the board.
“In order to curb the rate of pollution, Biden explained, we need to hold fossil fuel executives ‘liable for what they have done, particularly in those cases where there are underserved neighborhoods,’” as Townhall reported.
“When they don’t deliver, Biden added, ‘put them in jail.’”
So basically Joe Biden just accidentally made the case for why his own son should serve jail time.
The fact that Hunter Biden held a position on the board of Burisma while his own father served as vice president has created controversy.
Reuters reported in October that in addition to his receiving a big monthly paycheck, Burisma paid $3.4 million to Rosemont Seneca Bohai LLC — a company led by Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s business partner.
And check this out:
Joe Biden says he would put fossil fuel executives “in jail”
Would that include his son, Hunter, who sat on the board of a fossil fuel & natural gas company?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) December 30, 2019
In addition, Biden has some extreme positions concerning climate change, including potentially cutting hundreds of thousands of blue-collar jobs.
“The answer is yes,” the candidate said of potentially cutting “hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers in the interest transitioning to [a] greener economy” during a Democratic presidential debate in December.
“The answer is yes because the opportunity for those workers is to switch to high-paying jobs,” Biden continued, as reported by The Daily Wire.
“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.”
We should put them in jail!' Joe Biden wants to prosecute fossil fuel executives for environmental damage-but doesn't mention son Hunter who helped run Ukrainian natural gas giant | Daily Mail Online https://t.co/YDnDVc1JCd
— thewatcher (@banawedata) December 30, 2019
“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,” Biden added. “We have enormous opportunities.”
The Intercept reported in September that Biden went to a fundraising event featuring by fossil fuel executive Andrew Goldman, who co-founded Western LNG, a Houston, Texas-based natural gas company.
This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.
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