Debate: Biden Says U.S. Needs To Move Off Oil To Tackle Climate Change

“The tussle marked the most extensive exchange ever on climate at a presidential debate”.

“President Trump and former vice president Joe Biden laid out starkly different visions Thursday night on whether the United States needs to transition away from fossil fuels to address climate change, in the lengthiest exchange two presidential candidates have ever had on the topic.

In the nearly 12-minute discussion, the Democratic standard-bearer pledged to move the United States away from oil in favor of renewable energy and predicted the strategy would generate millions of jobs. The president, in contrast, said Biden’s plan would be costly and hurt the economy, particularly in oil-producing states where the two men are competing for votes.

Biden said climate change posed “an existential threat to humanity” and that in eight to 10 years, the country would “pass the point of no return.””

Brady Dennis, Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson report for the Washington Post October 22, 2020.

SEE ALSO:

“Biden: ‘I Would Transition From The Oil Industry'” (The Hill)

“There's A Lot At Stake For The Climate In The 2020 Election” (NPR)