Joe Biden seeks to clarify remark on ending oil

Biden seeks to clarify remark on ending oil
Mr Biden holds a steady lead in opinion polls. Source: Shutterstock
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Daily US Times: President Trump has seized on a TV debate remark by his rival and Democratic nominee Joe Biden about shutting down the oil industry, as Mr Biden scrambled to clear up the confusion.

On Friday, Biden aides he had been talking about ending fossil fuel subsidies when he spoke of a “transition” from oil, not the industry itself.

Mr Biden meanwhile again attacked Mr Trump’s handling of coronavirus, saying: “He’s quit on America.”

Mr Biden holds a steady lead in opinion polls.

But the margin is smaller in a handful of states that could vote either way and ultimately decide the result of the election.

More than 53 million American voters have already voted in person or by post in a record-breaking turnout driven largely by the Covid-19 pandemic.

What did Biden say about oil?

In the final moments of Thursday night’s debate, Mr Trump asked Mr Biden: “Would you close down the oil industry?”

Mr Biden responded: “I would transition from the oil industry, yes,” adding, “because the oil industry pollutes significantly”.

The former Vice President said fossil fuels had to be replaced by renewable energy over time with the US moving towards net zero emissions.

Democrats from the left of the party are enthused by the idea of the US ending its reliance on gas and oil as part of the fight against climate change.

But such a policy could turn off working-class voters in politically critical states such as Texas, Pennsylvania and Ohio, where many of the industry’s employees are based.

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