Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE pledged to transition away from fossil fuels Thursday night while defending a climate plan that does not ban fracking.
Biden has faced repeated attacks on fracking from President TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE as focus increasingly shifts to Pennsylvania, a crucial battleground state where the drilling method is used.
Biden’s climate plan does not call for a ban on fracking, but other features would hit the oil industry. He calls for no new drilling on public lands and would transition to net-zero emissions by 2050, which would limit the oil industry.
“I do rule out banning fracking because we need other industries to transition to only net-zero emissions,” Biden said. “What I will do with fracking over time is make sure we can capture the emissions from fracking, capture the emissions from gas.”
“I would transition from the oil industry, yes,” Biden said later. “It’s a big statement because the oil industry pollutes significantly. ... It has to be replaced by renewable energy over time.”
Trump was eager to draw attention to Biden’s statement.
“Will you remember that Texas? Will you remember that, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma?” Trump said.
Biden’s comments got pushback from one Oklahoma Democrat.
“Here’s one of the places Biden and I disagree. 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. I'll keep fighting for that in Congress,” tweeted Rep. Kendra HornKendra Suzanne HornHow will Biden's Afghanistan debacle impact NASA's Artemis return to the moon? Why does Rep. Johnson oppose NASA's commercial human landing system? The US's investment in AI is lagging, we have a chance to double it MORE (D-Okla.), who faces a challenging reelection race on Nov. 3.