Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said in a debate with President Donald Trump on Oct. 22 that he would switch the oil industry to renewable energy if he became president.
Biden supported his proposal, accusing the oil industry of polluting, not caring that this change would ruin one of the most productive sectors of the country, and on which millions of jobs depend.
“Would you close down the oil industry?” President Trump asked Biden.
“I would transition from the oil industry, yes,” Biden answered.
“Why would you do that?” the moderator asked.
“Because the oil industry pollutes significantly,” Biden tried to explain.
The negative impact caused by his words led both him and his campaign to try to deflect the meaning of his statements by making it appear that what he really meant was that he would suspend federal subsidies to that industry, according to Townhall on Oct. 23.
Biden’s Deputy Campaign Director and Communications Director Kate Bedingfield told reporters that Biden only meant he intended to end the oil subsidies, not the industry itself.
Both Biden and Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris have been emphatic that they will not allow the extraction of oil called “fracking,” and will eliminate fossil fuels.
President Trump released a video that compiles several of the times Biden and Harris were adamant on that point.
Just follow his tweet with the words: “Here you go Joe Biden!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2020
Also, the head of the American Petroleum Institute, Mike Sommers disagreed with Biden’s proposals.
“We’re not going anywhere,” Sommers said, adding that Democrats, Republicans, and independents “know that the U.S. natural gas and oil industry delivers affordable and reliable energy to American families and businesses and all over the world.”
The industry supports more than 10 million jobs in the United States and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of millions of Americans, according to the American Petroleum Institute.
The elimination of the oil industry and with it all the jobs it generates is not the only one of Biden’s projects in this regard.
A study by the free market Employment Policy Institute (EPI), revealed that another 2 million jobs could be lost if Biden doubles the value of the working hour from $7.50 to $15 as he has promised in his election campaign, according to The Washington Free Beacon.