EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — Pennsylvania is a key battleground state and it took center stage Thursday night with the future of energy and fracking creating a few tense moments.
“He was against fracking. He said it. I will show it to you tomorrow. I am against fracking. Until he got the nomination, went to Pennsylvania and then he said ‘but you know what Pennsylvania, he’ll be against it very soon because his party is totally against it,” President Trump said.
“I never said ‘I oppose fracking’. Show the tape. Put it on your website. The fact of the matter is he’s flat lying,” Biden said.
When asked if Biden would rule out fracking completely, he said he would in efforts to eventually reach a net zero emissions.
“I do rule out banning fracking because the answer we need we need other industries to transition to get to ultimately a complete zero emissions by 2025,” Biden said. “What I will do is fracking over time is make sure that we can capture the emissions from the fracking, capture the emissions from gas. We can do that and we can do that by investing money and doing is a transition to that.”
President Trump went on to claim that Biden’s opinion on Fracking had changed, at least in part, in an attempt to gain votes in Pennsylvania.
“Excuse me, he was against fracking. He said it. I will show that to you tomorrow. I am against fracking 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,” President Trump said.
“Fracking on federal land. I said, no, fracking is not oil,” Biden responded.
In the realm of natural energy like solar and especially wind we’ve seen communities split on the idea of large windmills going up around places like the Lansford in Carbon County.
All around the Panther Valley School District they have been very vocal about not having those windmills around their neighborhoods.
The issue of potential wind energy came to light in Thursday’s final presidential debate.
“He thinks wind causes cancer windmills,” said Biden. “They’re the fastest growing jobs, and they pay good prevailing wages 45-50 bucks an hour. We can grow and we can be cleaner if we go the route I proposed.”
While wind energy may be a potential for long-term clean energy, the sitting president pointed to issues surrounding it.
“I know more about wind than you do. It’s extremely expensive kills all the birds,” said Trump. “It’s very intermittent got a lot of problems and they happen to make the windmills in both Germany and China and the fumes coming up, if you’re a believer in carbon emission the fumes coming up to make make these massive windmills is more than anything that we’re talking about with natural gas which is very clean.”