‘One of the most stunning moments last night was when Joe Biden admitted he wanted to abolish the oil industry’
When pressed on his comments Friday morning (in Pennsylvania), Biden walked back his debate comments. What will he say when he’s in Maine?
President Trump told a crowd of supporters in Florida Friday that Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s remarks on transitioning away from the oil industry were “perhaps the most shocking admission ever made during a debate.”
“One of the most stunning moments last night was when Joe Biden admitted he wanted to abolish the oil industry,” Trump said at a rally at The Villages, in Sumter County. “Did you see him this morning? He said ‘I didn’t really mean that.'”
Trump spoke while visiting the Sunshine State to vote Saturday morning at his permanent residence.
“Biden said, ‘We want to phase it out.’ I said, ‘Thank you.’ Texas, are you watching? Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Ohio, are you watching?” Trump said.
“I would transition from the oil industry, yes,” Biden said in response Thursday night to a question from Trump about whether he would close down that sector of the economy. “It is a big statement… because the oil industry pollutes significantly … it has to be replaced by renewable energy over time… I’d stop giving to the oil industry, I’d stop giving them federal subsidies.”
Trump replied: “That’s maybe the biggest statement in terms of business … because basically what he said is he is going to destroy the oil industry. Will you remember that, Texas? Will you remember that Pennsylvania, Oklahoma?”
When pressed on his comments Friday morning, Biden walked back his debate comments.
“Eventually we’re going to have to [get rid of] oil, but we’re not getting rid of fossil fuels. We’re getting rid of the subsidies for fossil fuels, but we’re not getting rid of fossil fuels for a long time,” Biden said in response to a CNN reporter. “It will not be gone for … probably 2050.”