Kamala Harris dodged a question about whether Biden broke a campaign promise with the Willow Project. Instead, she highlighted the progress her administration has made on climate change. Stephen Colbert pushed her three times on the topic before moving on to another topic. Something is loading.
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Kamala Harris dodged Stephen Colbert’s question when he asked about the Willow oil drilling project that President Joe Biden just approved, pointing out that Biden promised during the campaign trail that he would not approve any new drilling project on federal lands.
On Wednesday night’s episode of ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,’ Colbert first asked Harris what the major defining issues would be in the upcoming 2024 election, in which Biden and Harris are expected to run for re-election. .
She said they plan to continue to “build on the momentum we’ve achieved so far,” pointing to the trillion dollars their administration has invested in the climate crisis.
Colbert acknowledged that priority in their administration, but he said Biden had promised there would be “no new drilling licenses issued on public lands” during his campaign, although only this week he endorsed the Willow project.
The plan – a massive oil-drilling mission in Alaska – has been opposed by many Americans, with some saying Biden broke a campaign promise by endorsing it.
“What’s the math there?” Colbert asked the vice president.
Instead of responding directly to him about the project, Harris again pointed to all of their administration’s strides in addressing the climate crisis.
“I understand the concerns that have been expressed, but here’s the thing, when you look at what our administration has done, it’s historic in terms of investing in a clean energy economy,” she began in answer.
She added that they were putting “America back on the map, globally,” in terms of investing in the country’s future.
“We’ve been pretty bold in the progress we’ve made,” Harris continued. She then denounced recently passed legislation that would guarantee a refund to those who buy electric vehicles.
Colbert then asked about the backlash the Biden-Harris administration is currently facing over the approval of Project Willow.
Harris said again that she understands why people are worried, but the solutions have to come from the investments made.
After pushing her three times, Harris still hasn’t answered whether Biden broke a campaign promise, prompting Colbert to move on with the interview.