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Presidential debate comments highlight oil and gas

After President Donald Trump mentioned Oklahoma during Thursday’s presidential debate, the energy industry has been on the minds of many Oklahomans. KOCO 5 reached out to officials in the oil and gas and wind industries to ask what phasing out fossil fuels would mean for the state. “Get rid of the oil and gas companies? Will you remember that, Texas? Will you remember that, Pennsylvania? Oklahoma?” Trump said during the debate, accusing challenger former Vice President Joe Biden of opposing the industry.Said Biden: “The oil industry pollutes scientifically.”Biden has said he’d like to phase out oil and gas and move into greener alternatives. “That would not only devastate Oklahoma, that would devastate the entire country,” said Dewey Bartlett with the Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance. Regardless of one’s political beliefs, getting rid of fossil fuels would negatively affect the economy, Bartlett said. “Having tens of millions of people losing their jobs and our economy being devastated because we didn’t have access to reasonably priced, consistent energy,” he said.Bartlett said using alternative, greener energy sources is a great idea, but he doesn’t think they’re as reliable as some claim, and, he said, they’re much more expensive than what people currently use.”Wind isn’t consistent; it doesn’t blow all the time,” he said. Trump and Biden also discussed tax breaks to energy producers. Bartlett said both oil and gas and wind receive benefits.“It helps small companies, but it’s not available to large companies,” he said. Bartlett said Oklahoma City would be greatly hurt should the nation’s energy sources change because of the presence of companies like Devon and Chesapeake, both well known in the oil and gas industry. KOCO 5 reached out to multiple wind farms and companies in Oklahoma but hasn’t received any responses.

After President Donald Trump mentioned Oklahoma during Thursday’s presidential debate, the energy industry has been on the minds of many Oklahomans.

KOCO 5 reached out to officials in the oil and gas and wind industries to ask what phasing out fossil fuels would mean for the state.

“Get rid of the oil and gas companies? Will you remember that, Texas? Will you remember that, Pennsylvania? Oklahoma?” Trump said during the debate, accusing challenger former Vice President Joe Biden of opposing the industry.

Said Biden: “The oil industry pollutes scientifically.”

Biden has said he’d like to phase out oil and gas and move into greener alternatives.

“That would not only devastate Oklahoma, that would devastate the entire country,” said Dewey Bartlett with the Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance.

Regardless of one’s political beliefs, getting rid of fossil fuels would negatively affect the economy, Bartlett said.

“Having tens of millions of people losing their jobs and our economy being devastated because we didn’t have access to reasonably priced, consistent energy,” he said.

Bartlett said using alternative, greener energy sources is a great idea, but he doesn’t think they’re as reliable as some claim, and, he said, they’re much more expensive than what people currently use.

“Wind isn’t consistent; it doesn’t blow all the time,” he said.

Trump and Biden also discussed tax breaks to energy producers. Bartlett said both oil and gas and wind receive benefits.

“It helps small companies, but it’s not available to large companies,” he said.

Bartlett said Oklahoma City would be greatly hurt should the nation’s energy sources change because of the presence of companies like Devon and Chesapeake, both well known in the oil and gas industry.

KOCO 5 reached out to multiple wind farms and companies in Oklahoma but hasn’t received any responses.

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2020-10-23 19:40:00

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