Vice Democratic presidential nominee Kamala Harris was called out for denying Joe Biden’s support for banning fracking during the vice presidential debate on Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Vice President Mike Pence hit Harris hard on fracking as the candidates debated environmental issues.
“Now, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would put us back in the Paris climate Accord they’d impose the Green New Deal, which would crush American energy, would increase the energy costs of American families in their homes, and literally would crush American jobs,” Pence said.
“I know Joe Biden says otherwise now, as you do, but the both of you repeatedly committed to abolishing fossil fuel and banning of fracking,” he added.
Harris said that Joe Biden would not ban fracking if elected president, arguing that a Biden administration would focus on creating new jobs, and that “part of those jobs that will be created by Joe Biden are going to be about clean energy and renewable energy.”
“I will repeat, and the American people know, that. That is a fact,” Harris said.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) reacted to Harris’s comments, slamming her flip-flop as he linked to a footage showing her support for banning fracking as a presidential candidate.
“Don’t believe your lying eyes,” Cruz wrote in a tweet.
Don’t believe your lying eyes. https://t.co/AfDlLoViwY
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 8, 2020
Biden’s climate plan does not support banning fracking or fossil fuels, according to The Hill.
“I am not banning fracking,” Biden said in August in Pennsylvania. “Let me say that again: I am not banning fracking no matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me.”
However, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) pointed out that Biden was caught on multiple occasions saying he would eliminate fossil fuels and fracking.
“In case you’re watching Senator Harris lie about fracking right now, both she and VP Biden are on record, on video and will absolutely ban fracking,” Paul said. “They seek to end coal and all fossil fuels.”
In case you’re watching Senator Harris lie about fracking right now, both she and VP Biden are on record, on video and will absolutely ban fracking. They seek to end coal and all fossil fuels. #VPDebate https://t.co/2cqY54PfpL
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) October 8, 2020
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who serves as a co-chair of the Biden campaign’s climate task force, also weighed in on the issue of fracking after Harris noted that Biden is not seeking to ban the practice.
“Fracking is bad, actually,” the New York congresswoman tweeted.
Fracking is bad, actually
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 8, 2020