FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday, Mar. 30, 2023
Don’t Run Joe campaign releases ad slamming Biden ‘betrayal’ on climate
The Don’t Run Joe campaign has released an ad featuring Joe Biden as he vehemently and unequivocally pledged during his 2020 presidential campaign not to approve oil drilling in the Arctic.
Made public on Thursday, the ad shows video of Biden speaking to an audience of mostly young people in Hudson, New Hampshire on Feb. 9, 2020. He responded to a woman who said, “Just a quick question about how you feel about drilling in the Arctic Refuge.”
Biden replied: “Totally opposed to it. Completely, totally opposed to it.” And Biden said: “No more drilling on federal lands. Period. Period. Period. Period. The Arctic Circle is a disaster to do that. A big disaster.”
But two weeks ago, Biden approved the huge Willow oil drilling project in Alaska.
Release of the ad comes in the wake of new polls showing Biden at near-record lows in public approval, while only a minority of Democrats want him to run for re-election.
“The ad speaks for itself,” said Chris Liquori, the Don’t Run Joe coordinator in New Hampshire. “Biden could not have been more clear when he promised not to approve drilling in the Arctic. Now he has done exactly that by approving the Willow drilling project inside the Arctic Circle. Each of the estimated 600 million barrels of oil he has approved for extraction is another dagger in the heart of climate stability. This is a betrayal of monumental proportions for future generations.” Liquori added: “Young voters and Democratic activists deserve better. Joe Biden may not have to live with the catastrophic consequences of his decision, but most of us will.”
New Hampshire State Representative Ellen Read, who co-chairs the Don’t Run Joe campaign in the state, said Wednesday: “Joe Biden reneged on his promise. Betraying progressive campaign promises is a song so old we can all sing it by heart now. Even at his peak performance he was a corporatist Democrat. Democrats need to finally learn to not settle for people who have never walked the walk but only tell them things they so desperately want to believe.”
Don’t Run Joe New Hampshire co-chair Keith Yergeau said: “Biden is dooming future inhabitants of Earth with his pay-to-play broken promise. His re-election would represent nothing short of the further entrenchment of the status quo that will upend human life on the planet.”
Here is the full quote of Biden’s Feb. 9, 2020 promise to voters about his opposition to future oil drilling in the Arctic: “Totally opposed to it. Completely, totally opposed to it. And I think I’m the only one . . . running who’s been up in the Arctic Circle. Remember the great oil spill that occurred? And I watched when I went up there, and I went up in a helicopter on the North Slope and saw what’s going on, and saw what was happening as the glaciers began to melt, and how the caribou and everyone. There’s a lot going on up there and it’s a real gigantic problem. And by the way: no more drilling on federal lands, period, period, period, period. The Arctic Circle is a disaster to do that, a big disaster in my view.”
C-SPAN video here (remarks at 1:09:09): Joe Biden Campaign Event in Hudson New Hampshire | C-SPAN.org
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