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Of late, it seems as if federal energy policy has been driven more by attitudes
regarding global climate than concerns about powering America. What are your
views regarding the interplay between energy and the environment? Do you believe
it is imperative, or even necessary, to push for a "low-carbon" energy future? How
does America's oil and gas industry factor into that vision?
Trump: I strongly oppose the extreme, climatealarmist agenda of the Obama-Clinton years. Too
often, the Obama-Clinton team imposed billions of
dollars in environmental costs on American citizens
without achieving real environmental benefits. In
fact, the Obama EPA cut funding to the states for
water infrastructure and programs that help rural
communities while increasing spending on EPA bureaucrats, lawyers, and U.N. climate programs.
As president, I will rescind the Climate Action
Plan (including the Clean Power Plan) and other excessive regulations issued under the Clean Air Act
that impose unjustified costs on Americans. My administration will work cooperatively with the states
to achieve shared, common-sense environmental goals.
Affordable energy is critical to the success of all
Americans. According to a report in the Wall Street
Journal, the Obama-Clinton climate agenda will cost
the United States more than $5 trillion. We cannot
afford to allow the Obama-Clinton policies of high
energy costs and overreaching regulations to continue
any longer.

Clinton: I reject the false choice between addressing
global climate change and meeting our country's energy
needs. Over the past seven years, wind power has grown
threefold and solar power 30-fold. Domestic energy
production has grown by 20 percent and U.S. carbon
dioxide emissions are at their lowest level in more than
two decades. There have been no major reliability
issues, and electricity prices have fallen by 10 percent
for American families and businesses in real terms.
While some climate deniers and defeatists doubt
American ingenuity and entrepreneurialism, the past
seven years have demonstrated we are fully up to
the task.
Domestically-produced natural gas has played a
critical role in reducing carbon dioxide and other
pollutants, helping to put the United States in a strong
negotiating position at the Paris climate conference.
The shift from coal to natural gas also has yielded
significant public health benefits, avoiding thousands
of premature deaths and more than 100,000 asthma
attacks in 2015 alone.
With the right safeguards in place, natural gas can
help meet our 2025 international climate commitment
in a way that keeps us on track to achieve a greater
than 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
by 2050.

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