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Biden: ‘A Lot of People’ ‘Gonna Get Hurt’ By Climate Policies

Vice President Joe Biden said that “there’s a lot of people who are going to hurt” by moving away from coal energy in an interview on Friday’s “Vice” on HBO.

In response to a question on the ongoing debate on man-made climate change, namely why the debate still existed, Biden said “it’s a problem of special interests. A lot of it is ‘I’m invested in this piece over here, and I’m not about to give it up, I don’t care what’s happening.’ So, for example, in the United States of America, us moving away from coal because it’s such a polluter– there’s a lot of people [who are] gonna get hurt, good people, worked their whole life. It’s a national responsibility, in our view, to help them make that transition. We all have an obligation. When fundamental alterations of generation of energy are up in play, there’s winners and losers.”

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