Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden clashed over the country’s response to climate change in their final presidential debate on Thursday, which included a stark disagreement over the future of the oil industry.
The candidates were asked at their matchup in Nashville, Tennessee, what they would do to combat climate change – the first time in a presidential debate they were not questioned on whether they believed in it or not.
“I do love the environment,” said Trump, citing a federal program to plant trees and a drop in carbon emissions.
But he said he was not willing to harm businesses in order to help the environment.
Biden said his plan for a transition to a more climate-friendly economy would create high-paying jobs and boost U.S. businesses.
“Global warming is an existential threat to humanity,” Biden said. “We have a moral obligation to deal with it and we’re told by all the leading scientists in the world we don’t have much time.”