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

Democrat Joe Biden's remark that he would "transition" away from oil in the U.S. in favor of renewable energy drew quick attention Thursday night from President Donald Trump, who saw it as a boon to his election chances in key states.

"I would transition away from the oil industry, yes," Biden said in the presidential 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. And he repeated his pledge to end federal subsidies for the oil and gas industry. However, Biden's plan does not call for a ban on climate-damaging fossil fuels, focusing instead 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 suggesting 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 the....

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