Trust Index: Fact-checking Trump-Biden final debate comments on climate change

Candidates make claims about emissions, energy industry, fracking in final presidential debate before election

Climate change was the focus of one of the sections during the final presidential debate Thursday night as it was the first time voters were able to hear from both President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on their records and plans to combat climate change.

Trump’s claims on carbon emissions

We’ll start with a couple claims from the President about the state of the energy industry, starting with emission levels in the U.S.

“We have the best carbon emission numbers that we’ve had in 35 years under this administration,” Trump said.

The Trust Index team is labeling this “be careful” because it depends on the number the President is using.

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According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. CO2 emissions are at their lowest since 1992, which is only 28 years ago. However, that number per capita is the lowest since 1950 making it much longer than 35 years. It’s also worth noting for context: While those numbers are praised by climate scientists, they point out the U.S. is still the world’s second largest carbon emitter behind China.

Energy independence claim from Trump

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