Obama And Romney Vie To Claim Pro-Oil And Pro-Coal Mantle
President Obama and Mitt Romney threw plenty of jabs about energy at their second debate Tuesday but said nothing about climate change. Both men sought to claim a pro-oil and pro-coal mantle during the debate at Hofstra University in New York State.
Climate was also absent from their first debate, disappointing activists who wanted the candidates to address the topic that has seen little attention on the stump.
But the topic’s omission this time was perhaps more noticeable because, unlike their Oct. 3 debate, the two men spent lots of time battling over energy Tuesday.
Both men sought to claim a pro-oil and pro-coal mantle during the debate at Hofstra University in New York State.
Obama, facing attacks from Romney, repeatedly expressed support for fossil fuels, while arguing that the GOP nominee’s proposals would short-change renewable energy and efficiency.
“Both candidates vied to restate their commitment to more dirty oil, gas and coal production while ignoring the contradiction between an ‘all of the above’ energy program and reducing emissions of climate disrupting gases,” said Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth Action, in a statement.