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Wildlife group gives its first primary endorsement to Biden

Wildlife group gives its first primary endorsement to Biden
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The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund is giving its first-ever presidential primary endorsement to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE.

The fund, the political arm of the National Wildlife Federation, credited Biden’s “collaborative, science-based leadership” style.

“We need a leader who will bring our nation together to enact bold solutions that confront the climate crisis,” the group said in a statement. 

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“Throughout his career, Joe Biden has brought people from all backgrounds together to accomplish big things,” the statement added.

While Biden’s climate plan has gotten good marks from a number of environmental groups, it has consistently been ranked behind Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform Sanders: Progressives will work to 'rally the American people' if Biden wins MORE’s (I-Vt.), which multiple groups have called the most ambitious.

Greenpeace’s candidate climate scorecard gives Sanders an A-plus, while Biden scored a B-plus.

But the fund credited Biden’s commitment to tackling the climate crisis within all sectors of society as giving him the edge.

”Vice President Biden knows that climate change is the existential threat of our time and will ensure America leads the world toward net-zero emissions,” the group said. “The Vice President won’t leave anyone behind — from coal miners to frontline communities suffering from environmental injustices.”

Biden thanked the group for the endorsement.

"We are facing a climate emergency that threatens our communities and wildlife alike. This emergency demands bold and decisive action," Biden said in a statement, adding that he would seek to "protect wildlife, protect our public lands and waters, and put our country on the path to net-zero emissions.”

Updated at 2:45 p.m.