During the swanky event Thursday night, Biden continued to insist he is not taking fossil fuel cash, claiming there was a “mild misrepresentation” during the CNN climate town hall.
“I just want to be very clear to everyone here: I am committed to not raising money from fossil fuel executives and I am not doing that tonight,” Biden said. “Climate change presents an existential threat, and it is real.”
The former vice president also acknowledged the scrutiny the event has drawn. “Folks, I know there’s been a lot of attention paid to you showing up tonight,” Biden said. “More than I think you anticipated.”
Journalists and observers have challenged the Biden campaign’s efforts to downplay Goldman’s role in the fossil fuel industry, pointing to documents that describe him as a current member of the Western LNG leadership team and “a long-term investor in the liquefied natural gas sector.”
Sam Bernherdt, an organizer with Food & Water Action, told the New York Daily News that Biden “knows where this money is coming from.”
“We got a decade to solve the climate crisis,” said Bernherdt. “Biden has shown that he can’t do that by holding events like this.”
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