Oil and fracking continue to be big topics for Joe Biden to address as a number of swing states will be directly affected by new policy. At the final presidential debate, Biden made his intentions pretty clear. “I would transition from the oil industry, yes,” Biden said. “It’s a big statement because the oil industry pollutes significantly. It has to be replaced by renewable energy over time.”
As for fracking, that topic was brought up by President Trump and the exchange was rather interesting. Trump said, “We’re going to have the greatest economy in the world, but if you want to kill the economy, get rid of your oil industry. And what about fracking? Now we have to ask him about fracking.”
“I have never said I oppose fracking,” Biden claimed. “You said it on tape,” Trump shot back. “I—show the tape, put it on your website,” Biden yelled. “The fact of the matter is he’s flat lying.”
Minutes later, Trump’s team tweeted out a video from Trump’s personal Twitter account of Biden making numerous remarks, in a number of different interviews, about eliminating fracking and fossil fuels. The clips even included Kamala Harris discussing her plans to “phase out fossil fuels.”.
Following the debate, the Biden campaign tried to clarify the Democratic nominees’ remarks, saying Biden meant he would get rid of “oil subsidies.”
Bloomberg reporter Ari Natter shared post-debate comments on Twitter from Biden which seemed to only confirm the nominee’s stance during the debate, “They’re not going to lose their jobs. A lot more jobs are going to be created in other industries,” Biden said. “Eventually we’re going to have to go to all — we’re not going to be able to get rid of fossil fuels, getting rid of the subsidies for fossil fuels. But we’re not going to get rid of fossil fuels for a long time.”