November 20th, 2007
03:50 PM ET
13 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. Lynne, Florida

    Negative comments aside, Joe knows what he's talking about. If people don't like him, that's their problem. But no one can honestly say he doesn't know what he's doing. Joe is building support all over this country, because people are tired of the MSM 3, and want someone who tells it like it is, and has experience.

    November 21, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Ron Bove, Fredericksburg, Va. 22405

    Don't get me wrong but I don't like the price of gas going up like it is; however; if Congress would have voted to start some drilling here in America instead of counting on other countries to get gas from we would be better off in time. I really think the oil companines are in the pockets of majority of members of Congress.
    What I also find amusing is that some of these politicians are making such a big thing about the gas prices going up.BUT NONE of them have complained about the price of milk. A half gallon of milk is 2.99 and I don't hear anyone complaining about that. That is a half gallon, not a gallon. So what is everyone complaining about gas only for when milk is more than gas per gallon

    November 21, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. bprossersme

    Where else has he had those fingers?

    November 21, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
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