Thursday evening’s debate showed us that President Trump is more than capable of putting on a very good performance with substantive answers to tough questions, without being overtly aggressive, and still pushing back against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his ever growing ball of lies.
The two sparred on the issue of energy policy during the debate, with the president pressing Biden on his claim that he never said he’d end fracking and then getting him to admit he’d try to shut down the oil industry.
“He was against fracking,” Trump said. “He said it … until he got the nomination, went to Pennsylvania, then he said — but you know what Pennsylvania, he’ll be against it very soon because his party is totally against it.”
“Fracking on federal land, I said, no fracking and/or oil on federal land,” Biden shot back.
The exchange highlighted a point of contention that has come up numerous times in the race as fracking has been credited with providing hundreds of thousands of jobs in the U.S.
In a Democratic primary debate held back in 2019, Biden was asked by the moderator if there would 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,” Biden replied.
During last night’s debate Trump asked Biden if he would shut down the oil industry.
“I would transition from the oil industry, yes,” the former vice president said.
The problem here is that many, many state economies are dependent on the oil industry and fracking for their financial stability. Transitioning away from the oil industry would destroy jobs and lead disaster.
Also, it’s worth noting that Biden is a big fan of the Green New Deal, which calls for a rather dramatic reduction in the country’s carbon footprint by 2050.