Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden left attendees at a New York City fundraiser largely confused Thursday night; telling the crowd he is “committed” to not raising money from “fossil fuel executives” at an event hosted by a fossil fuel company co-founder.
“Folks, I know there’s been a lot of attention paid to you showing up tonight. More than I think you anticipated,” Biden said. “There was a discussion and I think a mild misrepresentation of what was going on relative to climate.”
“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 added. “Climate change presents an existential threat, and it is real.”
One problem for Biden: The event was hosted by a co-founder of a major fossil fuel company.
At the end of VP Biden’s time on stage, Anderson Cooper clarified that Andrew Goldman is in fact NOT a fossil fuel exec. pic.twitter.com/Ryn7zxQFiM
— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) September 5, 2019
“Speaking at the lavish Upper West Side home of banker David Solomon, Biden sought to clear the air off the bat as it related to the event’s co-host, Andrew Goldman,” reports the New York Daily News. “Biden’s campaign says Goldman shouldn’t be considered a fossil fuel executive because he has stepped down from all day-to-day operations at LNG Western, which is extensively involved in gas drilling in Canada and other parts of the world.”
Read the full story at the NY Daily News.