The final presidential debate took place and the heated conversation between the two candidates began with many heated discussions. US President Donald Trump described the air in China, Russia, and India as “filthy” as he denounced Democratic rival Joe Biden’s plans to tackle climate change.
At the second and final presidential debate session, Trump renewed his criticism that action on climate change was unfair to the United States.
Trump said at the debate in Nashville “Look at China, how filthy it is. Look at Russia, look at India – – it’s filthy. The air is filthy.” And, that was the only mention of India during a debate that mostly stayed clear of foreign policy and strategic interests.
Trump’s remarks come days before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Esper visit New Delhi for talks on building the growing US-India partnership. Trump charged that Biden’s climate plan was an “economic disaster” for oil states such as Texas and Oklahoma. Biden said that climate change is “an existential threat to humanity. We have a moral obligation to deal with it.”
He said, “We are going to pass the point of no return within the next eight to 10 years.”
The planet has already warmed by around one degree Celsius (34 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial levels; enough to boost the intensity of deadly heat waves, droughts, and tropical storms.
In 2017, Trump pulled the Us out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, saying the international deal to keep global temperatures rise below 2 degrees Celsius was disadvantageous to US workers. He has continuously argued that countries like China and India are benefiting the most from the Paris agreement.
Speaking to his cheering supporters at an elections rally in the key battleground state of North Carolina last week; Trump had blamed countries like China, Russia; and India for adding to the global air pollution.
He allegedly said during the rally that “We have the best environmental numbers, ozone numbers, and so many other numbers. In the meantime, China, Russia, and India all these countries they are spewing stuff into the air.”
For fact, China is the world’s biggest carbon emitter followed by the US, India, and the EU.