November 20th, 2007
03:50 PM ET
12 years ago

Biden points fingers at Bush in energy speech

Biden said climate change policy must be a top national security priority.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden accused President Bush Tuesday of doing nothing to reduce the dependence on foreign oil and added that, if elected, he would make climate change one of his top two national priorities.

"After ending the war in Iraq," the senator from Delaware said, "the single most important thing I think needs (to) be addressed by the federal government of the next president of the United States - absent this president having not addressed it - is to deal with climate change policy."

"That must be our top national security priority — not just environmental priority, our national security priority," he added.

Biden said the United States' dependence on oil "limits our influence around the world" and keeps oil prices high.

"President Bush refuses to do anything about this notion of reducing our dependence on foreign oil or to take any action against climate change, and that has insured that we are stuck paying the bill at the pump and we are stuck with an irresponsible foreign policy," Biden said.

Biden said his energy plan would cost about $60 billion over a four-year period. It would include setting a cap on greenhouse gas emissions and increasing fuel efficiency.

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. John Q. Public, USA

    Hey Joe, remember when you point a finer, there are 3 more pointing right back at you!

    November 20, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. J Houston, TX

    Fuel efficiency in cars is fine. We need to push away from the attitude that driving an SUV to work is appropriate. If gas prices continue to rise, perhaps people will think twice about buying a vehichle that gets virtually half of the milage of a real car.

    The solution to greenhouse gases is not to decrease gas prices. As gas prices rise, alternative energy sources naturally become viable. As electricity becomes expensive, solar power becomes viable. The market will naturally swing away from expensive sources, and this is ALREADY happening. Supply and demand will naturally dictate the course of human events as a species on the planet, just as in nature.

    These people want to sell you on DANGEROUS alternatives to coal. "Clean nuclear power" is absurd. You can detect the effects of Chernobyl around the world. You can find increases in cancer rates since the advent of nuclear power. Environmentalists need to wake up and remember what's important! A threat 1 billion years from now is not as big a threat as the one today!

    These predictions offer us a clue of how the world will be effected by 2100. Guess what, WE WILL RUN OUT OF OIL BEFORE THEN! The prediction can't even be considered correct! Problem solved on it's own again! Government interference, yet again, proves no help to private matters.

    November 20, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. joseph,austin,tx

    so how does he plan on getting us off of foreign oil? we cant drill here, we cant just stop using the stuff hell just about every machine in the states rely on oil, so how does he plan on doing this? im tired of hearing bit#$ing, and not solutions.

    November 20, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. JM, OH

    Biden is 100% correct. Just imagine what we could accomplish with foreign policy if we could get out from under the thumb of OPEC. We could finally get the hell out the middle east and concentrate on fixing our own country.

    November 20, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Jack, Fort Myers, FL

    He talks about ending the war in Iraq like all he's got to do is wave his hand over their heads–healed !!! Then...o.k. done..."next project!" His brain must not be getting the oxygen it needs.

    November 20, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Maryann - Orlando, FL

    Wow, Joe IS Right!!

    Wonder why no one pays any attention to him. What a shame!

    Well, at least I finally have someone I can vote for in 2008!

    November 20, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Neill C., Montgomery, Al

    Joe Biden's a joke. Every time Bush or Republicans have tried to drill in Anwar or the Gulf of Mexico is has been blocked by Democrats.

    Every time they try to move toward making more nuclear reactors, it's blocked by liberals and Democrats.

    November 20, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. karen nj

    That's not true, Joe Biden . That's a lie. The President initiated exploration in Arctic Wildlife Refuge. We have 12 yrs. of oil there.

    November 20, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. john williams san diego, ca.

    anwar+nuclear fuel will reduce foreign dependence bloviater. Happy Birthday anyway..

    November 20, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Gregory Cleveland

    Joe Biden is without a doubt the most qualifed person to lead our country. But I am not going to waste my vote on a candidate who not even trying to raise money for his own campaign. He talks a good one, but he might as well be talking to himself.

    November 20, 2007 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Gerry, Anchorage, Alaska

    Joe's priorities as president:

    1) end the Iraq war RESPONSIBLY
    2) reduce our reliance on foreign oil and combat global warming

    What better agenda could our next president have? This guy deserves a shot at the White House. He's the best candidate in the entire field, bar none.

    November 20, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. Patrick, Denver CO

    The more I hear from Biden the more I like. He's my favorite democrat.

    November 20, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. Violet Reese Pensacola Florida

    Please check you tube under videos, Joe Biden an American President. It gave me chills! also please read the comments. Joe Biden I feel will be the come from behind kid in this race.
    Biden in 08

    November 21, 2007 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  14. Mark, B'ham, Al.

    We would be doing more to minimize emmissions if we had continued to build Nuclear Power Plants and stored the waste in Yucca Mt. but the same people crying about global warming killed both programs. Since we need oil we should be drilling on both coast and at Anwar or those who protest should be walking everywhere. Solar, ethenol, and biofuels are too small a resource to replace oil, and the idea of driving a car with hydrogen in its tank reminds me of the Hindenberg when it wrecks. As far as CAFE Standards, I remember the K-Cars from the 70's and 80's, and they were wimps and unsafe on the road so if you want good gas milage we need to get out the old engine patents bought by the oil companies and install them as they probably had good gas milage and power to please. Before any member of Congress votes to put my family of 5 in a Yaris or a Mini, that should be the only car their family has to travel in.

    November 21, 2007 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  15. Dave, NY, NY

    Oil at almost $100 a barrell and the Democrats still don't get the concept of comprehensive energy reform. They won't build nuclear plants to get us off coal and they won't build refineries to bring down the price of gas. They won't work on improving clean burning coal technology or open up areas for increase domestic oil drilling.

    However they will point the finger and blame Bush even though they control both the House and the Senate...

    November 21, 2007 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  16. Jack, Fort Myers, FL

    In this episode of the Twilight Zone..we visit with a man who is trapped in a maze. In order to escape the maze, he must utter the correct words that will make the maze exit appear. For years he has tried. But he just cannot seem to find the magic words to materialize the exit.........

    November 21, 2007 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  17. rob, austin

    i totally agree that our problems with the cost of oil needs to be a top priority with the next leader of this country. i'm by no means a current administration supporter, but i do think they are tied with their hands behind there back in terms of the oil and its cost. lets face it, america is no longer the world power it was and next power to rise will be china. the demand for oil from china and india has drastically increased their economies pick up and ours slows down. china and india will buy the oil at the high price if we don't. our government has no say in the price of oil.

    in terms of new fuel and renew ables, we could probably do more. i could be mistaken, but i remember hearing a few years ago that the big companies (auto makers, fuel companies, etc) have bought the rights to many of the new technologies coming out. having done so, they can control how fast it is released to the public. to change our current fuel system from say gas to ethanol (which if people do some research, may not be the answer as it cost more money to produce, causes more pollution, and gets less miles than gas) would be a huge figure to pay for. americans are cheap, who do you think will pay for it? tax payers everywhere are opposed to a 1 cent tax to pay for new roads and public transportation. imagine what they would say to helping convert our energy networks country wide.

    November 21, 2007 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Democrats have stopped every meaningful attempt at finding alternative energy sources for years .

    But yet they get to come out every four years and blame Republicans for us being dependent.

    Nuclear energy NOPE, Wind farms NOPE (not in my back yard eh Teddy Kennedy), ANWAR NOPE, might interfere with the mating season of artic squirrels and for all of you complainers take a peek in your driveway, HOW MANY VEHICLES DO YOU OWN? Is ONE an SUV?

    I OWN one car and it is a hybrid and I love it, but I am a Republican so that doesn't make sense.....

    November 21, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Several steps that I have heard are good in reducing our need for oil in total. What I think we need to do is increace the gasoline tax to make smaller and more efficient cars more attractive. That increased demand might get the Detroit auto makers more incentives as well. Also, people need to start shipping more cross country freight by rail rather than by truck. Another step is to have small 4th generation nuclear power plants (submerged to make them harder to hit) all over with fuel reprocessing centers near by if not on site. Look at France and the fact that they reprocess most of their spent fuel which reduces the waste left over. Solar pannels should be installed on many more buildings (residential, commercial and industrial) as well as wind farm in very windy places. This would START to reduce our needs for oil and other fossil fuels.

    November 21, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. therealist

    Congress holds the purse strings, but of course, you know that don't you Joe.

    This pitiful 110th Congress is the one that has done nothing this year. Stop hiding behind Bush.

    November 21, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. cari, columbia, md

    To the geniuses who are complaining about not drilling in ANWAR, the amount of oil estimated to be there is minimal, and it wouldn't be available for consumption for another 10 years anyway. People have this idea that if we go out and drill it, the oil will start flowing tomorrow. Actually Joe has a lot of good ideas that would steer us in the direction of energy independence. Just because they are not mentioned in this article doesn't mean they don't exist. Go to his website and take a look. The man is the best democratic candidate out there, but unfortunately the media is making the public believe they have to choose between two. THINK FOR YOURSELF!!

    November 21, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. Bob, Roxboro, NC

    I recently saw a commercial from G M touting the hydrogen powered automobile.
    This technology is long overdue! The problem? Wealthy and powerful oil interests!
    Until the people become a pain in the ass to the political establishment as we did to end the Viet Nam war,,,we're not going to get the attention of our leadership. And the country will continue to diminish.

    November 21, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. r schier norwalk,ct

    so how does he plan on getting us off of foreign oil? we cant drill here, we cant just stop using the stuff hell just about every machine in the states rely on oil, so how does he plan on doing this? im tired of hearing bit#$ing, and not solutions.

    Posted By joseph,austin,tx

    Ever hear of investing in alternative technologies?????? With Texas being such an old oil state, I'm sure they've
    brainwashed its populace into thinking oil is an end-all, long ago.....

    November 21, 2007 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. mike, buffalo

    We are ALL fed up, Rep/Dem/Ind. For the first time since Kennedy, he's right there, right before our eyes. Straight answers, straight action plans, no political nonsense, and finally can give the left the right the middle, someone we can all be proud to say, "Thank you Joe Biden" for restoring our country back to what it was once known for.

    He's clearly from the people for the people, why is the Media so far off again? We don't have another 4 years to waste seeing Hillary get nowhere in Washington, we've already been duped the last 8 years.

    November 21, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. Jack, Fort Myers, Fl

    Sadly, the current 110'th Congress is hamstringed making any progess in long neglected programs. Every time the submit a bill to the President that his "cronies" dislike. It gets vetoed. Another very sound reason to elect Hillary Clinton. She can effectively collaborate with the Democratic Congress...and make some progress. Sadly, the only power GW still has is his VETO pen, and a few conservative talk show hosts.

    November 21, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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