PITTSBURGH, PA – Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden claimed at an ABC News town hall event in Pittsburgh that the Boilermakers union in Pennsylvania has endorsed him and not President Trump.
This claim is false.
The Boilermakers Local 154 union endorsed Trump for reelection over Biden, which was in a letter issued last month.
What exactly happened to make Biden so confused?
Biden was asked by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos about his support for ending fracking.
Historically, Biden has been inconsistent with his answer in the past about this topic, and it’s worth noting that his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, is adamantly against fracking.
"The boilermakers overwhelmingly endorse me, okay?" Biden responded.
The International Boilermakers Union, however, made it clear on its website that it has not endorsed anyone.
Meanwhile, the Local 154 endorsed President Trump. https://t.co/Fa6u7KumE6
— Andrew Clark 🎃 (@AndrewHClark) October 17, 2020
“You said you don’t want to ban fracking. As you know, it’s an important issue here in Pennsylvania. Not everyone buys your denial.
“A member of the Boilermakers Local 154 Shawn Steffee was quoted in the New York Times today saying ‘You can’t have it both ways,’ he says ‘You can’t meet your goals to end fossil fuels without ending fracking.’
“What do you say to people like Shawn who doubt your denial because they think you want to keep that promise?”
1-#PennsylvaniaBoilermakers Call Out Joe Biden 4 Lying About Their Endorsement—Joe Biden blatantly lied 2 the people of Pa. when he claimed that the #boilermakers-union had endorsed him when,in fact,Pa’s Boilermakers Local 154 overwhelmingly endorsed President Trump last month…
— Dan DiMicco (@DanRDimicco) October 18, 2020
Biden responded with:
“I’d tell them the Boilermakers overwhelmingly endorse me, okay. So the Boilermakers unions endorse me because I sat down with them, went into great detail with their leadership on exactly what I would do, number one.”
I CANNOT believe Joe stated that the Boilermakers Local 154 Union supported him. I was at the rally and hearing. There surely do NOT. @SeanParnellUSA @seanhannity @GReschenthaler @FoxNews @MSNBC @megynkelly @IngrahamAngle
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— c a i t r i n (@trinny_wilz) October 16, 2020
The Boilermakers Local 154 union represents more than 2,500 workers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.
One of the most important issues for Pennsylvania is the survival of your fracking industry. Joe Biden has repeatedly pledged to abolish fracking. When asked about fracking, Biden said he would “make sure it’s ELIMINATED!” With me, you’re going to FRACK! pic.twitter.com/tHt7Chh4jB
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2020
In a letter to President Trump, signed by Biolermakers Local 154 union leader John J. Hughes, the union said:
“On behalf of Boilermakers Local 154 Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, I am writing this letter to endorse your campaign for the President of the United States of America.
“I represent over 2,500 active and retired members in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia and your administration has convinced my members that you will protect the future of our industry.”
Hughes also said in a statement:
“As the United States continues to lead the world in oil and natural gas production it is imperative that we continue to battle over-regulations in the fossil fuel industries and fight for American energy production.”
Hughes called Trump a “true friend of the Boilermakers” in his endorsement.
He cited how union members and their families:
“…rely on coal-fired power generation and we strongly encourage the advancement of Carbon Capture technologies which can secure future jobs for our members.”
Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-CA) have supported to end fracking. They have had to walk back on that support as they realize it would destabilize energy industry workers and workers in supporting industries.
"Pennsylvania Boilermakers Union Calls Out Biden: We Support Trump, Not You" The Boilermakers Local 154 union, which represents thousands of American workers in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, is calling out Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden for lying about ha…
— Democracy In Motion (@DemocracyMotion) October 18, 2020
In a recent report by the New York Times, union workers expressed their concerns with Biden’s green energy plan:
BIDEN WILL BAN FRACKING pic.twitter.com/gkOOCcFMZH
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) August 31, 2020
“But even union leaders who back Mr. Biden acknowledged their rank-and-file is divided. And at least one powerful union leader, Shawn Steffee, a business agent and executive board member with the Boilermakers Local 154 has come out strongly for Mr. Trump.
“’Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want nothing to do with the fossil fuel industry. He’s flip-flopped so many times, and President Trump has embraced fossil fuels, natural gas, and coal,’ Mr. Steffee said.
Mr. Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord and eased Obama-Biden climate regulations, and the U.S. is still leading the world in CO2 reductions. https://t.co/0sr61kUpLC
— Brit Hume (@brithume) October 10, 2020
“A 35-year Democrat before voting for Mr. Trump in 2016, Mr. Steffee said he plans to vote Republican again and believes most of his membership will, too. Their top issue: energy.”
Joe Biden just claimed he doesn't want to ban fracking.
But a few months ago he said there would be no place for fracking in a Biden Administration: "we would make sure it's eliminated."pic.twitter.com/gLSIZEnwP8
— Abigail Marone 🇺🇸 (@abigailmarone) August 31, 2020
Philadelphia Inquirer noted the gains for steelworkers, manufacturing, and energy industry workers in December 2019.
One of Trump’s best economically boosting policies for American workers has been his imposition of tariffs on foreign steel, foreign aluminum, and billions of dollars worth of made-in-China products.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want to abolish fossil fuels, end fracking and destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs here in the Keystone State. We’re not going to let that happen! We need Pennsylvania and America to re-elect President @realDonaldTrump for four more years! pic.twitter.com/Ov3pzxXMV3
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) October 17, 2020
As of June 2019, there were nearly 1,500 more workers in Pennsylvania’s metal manufacturing industry. That is an increase from 34,763 at the start of 2017 to 36,249 by mid-2019. Steel Dynamics, Texas’ Big River Steel, and Nucor all planned to open new steel plants in the coming years before the pandemic.
Manufacturing employment in Pennsylvania increased more than four percent from 2017 to 2019. In December 2019, there were nearly 580,000 manufacturing workers across the state. This is a nearly 23,000 employment gain from the start of 2017 when less than 557,000 workers were in manufacturing.
Biden Denies His Previous Proposals Of Banning Fracking https://t.co/hXGSLW86sY
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 17, 2020
In the natural gas distribution industry, has a net gain between 2001 to the end of 2019. In 2001, there were about 4,356 workers in natural gas distribution in Pennsylvania. By December 2019, that total ticked up to nearly 5,000 workers.
Biden has not been reliable about fracking. During a speech in Pittsburg, he said he won’t ban fracking.
Biden said in his speech about violence:
“I am not banning fracking. Let me say again: I am not banning fracking. No matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me.”
Asked about fracking, former VP Biden says: "First of all, I want to make it clear, I do not propose banning fracking…it has to be managed very, very well…the future rests in renewable energy." https://t.co/JEyTOkB6qk #BidenTownHall pic.twitter.com/vAfZGnXiqb
— ABC News (@ABC) October 16, 2020
However, Biden has promised to ban fracking over and over again. He even said he would ban it on the second Democratic Party presidential Debate on July 31, 2019. That was in Detroit, Michigan.
CNN’s Dana Bash asked him the question directly:
“Thank you, Mr. Vice President. Just to clarify, would there be any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration?”
“No, we would — we would work it out. We would make sure it’s eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those, either — any fossil fuel.”
— QDee Patriot (@JerseyDamsel) October 16, 2020
This was Biden’s consistent position through March of this year. In the final debate of the primary, when he faced off against Sen. Bernie Sanders Biden promised:
“No new fracking.”
It was not the only time Biden made similar commitments.
He backtracked, again, telling Philadelphia-area ABC affiliate WNEP in July:
“Fracking is not going to be on the chopping block.”
But his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), wants to ban fracking — everywhere.
Joe Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris said: "There's no question I'm in favor of banning fracking."pic.twitter.com/bM9c0vhg9Z
— Abigail Marone 🇺🇸 (@abigailmarone) August 31, 2020
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