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USA: Donald Trump labels air in China, Russia, India as 'filthy' in climate debate04:27

USA: Donald Trump labels air in China, Russia, India as 'filthy' in climate debate

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October 23, 2020 at 05:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump labeled the air in China, Russia and India as 'filthy,' during Thursday's 2020 presidential debate at Belmont University, Nashville, while boasting about the carbon emissions under his administration.

"We have the best carbon emission numbers that we’ve had in 35 years under this administration, we are working so well with industry," said Trump.

"Look at China, how filthy it is, look at Russia, look at India, it’s filthy, the air is filthy," he added.

The US president was seeking to justify the US withdrawal from the Paris Accord on grounds of alleged unfairness.

"I will not sacrifice tens of millions of jobs, thousands and thousands of companies because of the Paris Accord, it was so unfair. China doesn’t kick in until 2030, Russia goes back to a low standard, and we kicked in right away, it would have been… It would have destroyed our businesses," said.

Biden for his part criticised the US president for his deregulation on emissions, saying he wanted the US to rejoin the Paris Accord.

"Four more years of this man eliminating all the regulations that were put in by us to clean up the climate, to clean up… To limit the emissions, will put us in a position where we’re going to be in real trouble," he said.

Nominees Biden and Trump also disagreed on the best fuel strategy for the US going forwards, particularly surrounding wind energy.

This was the second and final debate between Trump and Biden ahead of the presidential election on November 3, 2020.

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US President Donald Trump labeled the air in China, Russia and India as 'filthy,' during Thursday's 2020 presidential debate at Belmont University, Nashville, while boasting about the carbon emissions under his administration.

"We have the best carbon emission numbers that we’ve had in 35 years under this administration, we are working so well with industry," said Trump.

"Look at China, how filthy it is, look at Russia, look at India, it’s filthy, the air is filthy," he added.

The US president was seeking to justify the US withdrawal from the Paris Accord on grounds of alleged unfairness.

"I will not sacrifice tens of millions of jobs, thousands and thousands of companies because of the Paris Accord, it was so unfair. China doesn’t kick in until 2030, Russia goes back to a low standard, and we kicked in right away, it would have been… It would have destroyed our businesses," said.

Biden for his part criticised the US president for his deregulation on emissions, saying he wanted the US to rejoin the Paris Accord.

"Four more years of this man eliminating all the regulations that were put in by us to clean up the climate, to clean up… To limit the emissions, will put us in a position where we’re going to be in real trouble," he said.

Nominees Biden and Trump also disagreed on the best fuel strategy for the US going forwards, particularly surrounding wind energy.

This was the second and final debate between Trump and Biden ahead of the presidential election on November 3, 2020.

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