Climate change is again front and center in this year’s race for the White House, and agriculture is a key part of the debate. Joe Biden’s running-mate, Senator Kamala Harris said in Wednesday’s Vice-Presidential debate climate change is an existential threat, including to agriculture.
“Joe has seen and talked with the farmers in Iowa, whose entire crops have been destroyed because of floods…and so, Joe believes, again, in science.”
Vice-President Mike Pence agrees the climate is changing, but argues innovation, not forced changes, have made U.S. air and water cleaner.
“The United States has reduced CO2 more than the countries that are still in the Paris Climate Accord, but we’ve done it through innovation—and we’ve done it through natural gas and fracking.”
Something Pence says Biden and Harris have publicly committed to end, though both now deny they’d do that to a key source for electricity and fertilizer. And Biden also says he opposes the Green New Deal, supported by Senator Harris and part of the Democratic platform.
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