Sneaking in questions on climate change
The moderator is nearly out of time, but asked both candidates, “how would you both climate change and support job growth at the same time”?
Trump said he’d continue to keep America beautifully ‘clean’ without ‘ruining its industries.’
“I will not sacrifice tens of millions of jobs, thousands and thousands of companies because of the Paris Accords. It was so unfair. China doesn’t kick in until 2030. Russia goes back to a low standard and we kicked in right away. It would have destroyed our businesses. So, are you ready? We have done an incredible job environmentally. We have the cleanest air, the cleanest water and the best carbon emission standards that we have seen in many, many years,” Trump said.
Biden outlined his climate change plan:
“What it does is will create millions of new, good paying jobs. We’re going to invest in, for example, 500,000, excuse me, 50,000, charging stations on our highways so we can own the electric car market of the future. In the meantime, China is doing that. We’re going to be in a position where we’re going to see to it that we are going to take 4 million existing buildings and 2 million existing homes and retrofit them so they don’t leak as much energy, saving hundreds of millions of barrels of oil in the process and creating significant numbers of jobs. And by the way, the whole idea of what this is going to do create millions of jobs, and it is going to clean the environment. Our health and our jobs are at stake, that is what is happening. And right now by the way, Wall Street has indicated that my plan, my plan will in fact create 18.6 million jobs, 7 million more than his,” Biden said.
Trump responded by saying Biden’s climate plan was proposed by “AOC plus three,” a reference to the young, highly liberal wing of the democratic party, which is untrue.
“We are energy independent for the first time. We don’t need all of these countries that we had to fight was over because we needed their energy. We are energy independent. I know more about wind than you do. It is extremely expensive. It kills all of the birds,” Trump said.
The two then sparred over fracking. Trump claims Biden wants to ban it. Biden says he’s never said he wants to ban it.