Biden, who?

September 17, 2007

On the latest Gallup poll, Joe Biden comes in at a far 4th place with only 3% of support among democrats and democrat-leaning independent voters. If Al Gore were thrown into the mix his support would fall to 2%, placing him 5th in line for the democratic nomination.

With such dismal numbers, should we still care about what he has to say?

After all, this is the guy who said: “You cannot go to a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts without having a slight Indian accent“; and, referred to Barack Obama as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy…

Still, he refuses to go away (and he has, at the very least, a fan at The Observer’s The Politicker who thinks “it’s a shame Joe Biden’s campaign hasn’t gone anywhere“).

He is the latest democratic candidate to be interviewed by Grist and Outside for their series How green is your candidate?

On this interview Biden talks about his platform on energy and the environment, which includes “capping emissions, increasing renewable fuels, establishing a national renewable portfolio standard, requiring better fuel economy for automobiles” among other projects.

Biden thinks that unless rectified, climatic change could give way to “new wars, which are going to be about territory and arable land.” He mentions the Darfur conflict as an example.

Perhaps this is the reason why we should still care.

(Read interviews with all the democratic presidential candidates on Grist’s website. Interviews with republican candidates will follow.)

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