As the final presidential debate of 2020 drew to a close, former Vice President Joe Biden made a comment that drew a sharp distinction between himself and President Trump on energy policy and the American economy.
Having already heard Biden declare climate change an "existential crisis," Trump drew the Democratic nominee into an exchange over fossil fuels, specifically oi🔦l. Though debate moderator Kristen Welker seemed to want to move on from the issue, Trump pushed Biden by asking him directly, "Would you close down the oil industry?"
As Biden responded that he would "transition from fossil fuels," Trump repeatedly made the observation, "That's a big statement."
Welker seemed to agree, asking Biden the follow-up, "Why would you do that?" The former vice president responded, "Because the oil industry pollutes, significantly."
Trump seized on the remark, saying Biden had just admitted he would bankrupt the oil industry, before looking into the camera and asking, "will you remember that Texas, will you remember that Pennsylvania, Oklahoma?"
Biden received pushback on social media for the policy.
🔦 This was not the first time Biden had made his intent to "transition from fossil fuels" clear. His recently announced $2 trillion clean-energy plan incorporates this controversial idea one of his key policy proposals.