Questions over the country's energy future surfaced in the Presidential debate Sunday night.
Energy policy became the penultimate topic of discussion at the debate. 12, the breakdown of the views covers whether the supporters care about climate change, if they believe it is caused by human activity, whether specific policy actions-such as restrictions on power plant emissions-will help address climate change impacts, and whether they think climate scientists understand causes of climate change.
This really is the ideal question for anyone running for office right now - how do we combat climate change, maintain clean air, keep the lights burning, and not fire people who have no college education, and few prospects for good paying jobs.
Trump accused Clinton of wanting to put coal miners out of work. "That gives us a lot more freedom and power than to worry about what goes on in the Middle East". Although the BLS doesn't track earnings for those jobs, it does track manufacturing in general.
But amid the debate's viral feedback and the questioning of Donald Trump's offensive comments about women and Hillary Clinton's email scandal, one of the world's biggest problems got a mere sideswipe. Much of what Trump passed off as facts don't really hold up to scrutiny. And foreign companies are now coming in buying our - buying so many of our different plants and then re-jiggering the plant so that they can take care of their oil. There's nothing in his energy policy proposal to boost renewables. The EPA, Trump said, was "killing these energy companies".
"There is a thing called clean coal".
By insisting otherwise, Trump betrays the coal miners.
Citation: Showstack, R. (2016), Trump touts "clean coal" in second debate, Eos, 97, doi:10.1029/2016EO060819. So far, no one has figured out how to make it economical. Grist.com points out that "total USA energy production has increased for the last six years in a row". The Energy Information Administration projects the USA has about 250 years worth of coal.
"At present there is no commercially viable, widely deployable technology to capture the CO2 [carbon dioxide] that is released into the atmosphere from the burning of coal-CO2 that we know is doing great damage to us and the planet through unprecedented rates of planetary warming and climate change", Mann said.
Domestic oil and gas production have increased steadily during President Obama's time in office. Bones, according to several reports, is a power plant operator. "I don't want to walk away from them, so we've got to do something for them". "So good. Especially when you have $20 trillion in debt".
The initiative has been met with some resistance from businesses, and surprisingly some organisations including the Sierra Club, which fear that the tax will put companies in the area at a competitive disadvantage. All you have to do is go to a great place like West Virginia or places like OH, which is phenomenal, or places like Pennsylvania and you see what they're doing to the people, miners and others in the energy business. The companies produced so much natural gas in Pennsylvania that prices dropped to record lows, forcing slow-downs in drilling and lay-offs.
For example, many more Clinton supporters than Trump supporters say that these policy options can make a big difference in addressing climate change: restrictions on power plant emissions (66% of Clinton supporters say this vs. 39% of Trump supporters), an worldwide agreement to limit carbon emissions (66% vs. 34%) and tougher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks (65% vs. 31%).
CLINTON LAST NIGHT: That's why I'm the only candidate from the very beginning of this campaign who had a plan to help us revitalize coal country.
Clinton, for her part, said that natural gas could serve as a so-called "bridge fuel".
"We are now for the first time energy independent", she said.