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Energy Biden calls for 'transition' from oil, GOP sees opening

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By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press
Democrat Joe Biden’s debate remarks that he would “transition” away from the oil industry in favor of renewable energy sources drew quick attention Thursday from President Donald Trump, who saw it as a boon to his chances in key states.

“I would transition away from the oil industry, yes,” Biden said in the debate’s closing minutes under peppering from Trump. “The oil industry pollutes, significantly. It has to be replaced by renewable energy over time.”
The Biden campaign’s climate plan calls for the U.S. to have net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. He also repeated his pledge to end federal subsidies for the oil and gas industry. Biden’s plan doesn’t call for a ban on climate-damaging fossil fuels and instead focuses on technologies that can capture pollution from oil and other sources.
Still, Trump seemed surprised and pleased by Biden’s comment, declaring it a “big statement,” and suggested it would come with political blowback in oil-producing states that stand to lose jobs.

“Basically what he is saying is he is going to destroy the oil industry,” Trump said. “Will you remember that Texas? Pennsylvania? Oklahoma? Ohio?”
Trump won all four states in 2016, but Pennsylvania in particular is a pivotal swing state this cycle, with both candidates investing heavily. Ohio is also in play, and Democrats even see Texas as a longshot pickup on an expanded electoral map.

After the debate, Biden told reporters he would not “ban” fossil fuels or move away from them for “a long time.” Tackling climate change means sharply cutting oil, gas and coal emissions, scientists say, and that means eliminating most burning of fossil fuels. Biden talks of a 30-year transition to a carbon-free economy, by encouraging more wind and solar power and more energy efficiency.

The back-and-forth came as the debate was coming to a close, during a segment on how the candidates would respond to climate change. Biden says the country has a moral obligation to tackle climate change, while Trump has questioned the well-established science behind it.

Polls show about three in four Americans are concerned about climate change. But Republicans see Biden’s comments as potentially damaging in states that rely on the oil and gas industry. Trump has sought to make hydraulic fracturing, a process of natural gas extraction, a key issue in Pennsylvania, wrongly charging Biden would ban the practice.
Biden says he would ban new oil and gas permits on federal land, but most of the United States’ fracking happens on private land.

Pennsylvania is both a leading battleground state in the presidential election and a leader in the nation’s fracking boom. Trump has been eager on frequent campaign trips there to cut a contrast between himself and Biden on the issue. Trump touts his support for a sector he says brings economic benefits to rural areas and jobs to construction workers. The state says the oil and gas sector employs about 26,000 workers there.
But it’s not clear yet how that pitch is landing, even in Pennsylvania.
In the suburbs that might be key to his path to victory, Pennsylvania voters have shown a opposition to the drilling and the massive pipelines required to move its product across the state. National polling shows growing skepticism of fracking, the process used in extracting oil and gas in shale-rich states like Pennsylvania.
Biden’s comments could also add headaches for Democrats in oil-heavy states. Rep. Kendra Horn, an Oklahoma Democrat who flipped a Republican seat in 2018, tweeted that she disagreed with Biden.
“We must stand up for our oil and gas industry. We need an all-of-the-above energy approach that’s consumer friendly, values energy independence, and protects OK jobs,” she wrote.
The American Petroleum Institute, a trade association representing the oil and gas industry, said restricting oil and gas production would “jeopardize America’s economic recovery,” increase energy costs, eliminate jobs and shift energy production oversees.
A statement from Scott Parker, the organization’s content and rapid response manager, did not specifically criticize Biden and said neither candidate put forth realistic solutions to address the threat of climate change.

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