Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took aim at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations he says are “killing” U.S. energy companies in the second presidential debate Sunday night.
“I think it’s such a great question, because energy is under siege by the Obama administration,” Trump said in response to a question from an audience member.
“Under absolute siege. The EPA – the Environmental Protection Agency – is killing these energy companies,” he said. “And foreign companies are now coming in, buying so many of our different plants and then rejiggering the plant so they can take care of their oil. We are killing, absolutely killing our energy business in this country.”
“Now I’m all for alternative forms of energy, including wind, including solar, etcetera. But we need much more than wind and solar. And you look at our miners,” he said.
Energy didn’t play a big role in Sunday night’s town hall debate, so Trump took the one question on the subject to also go after Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s comments from March that her policies would “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”
“Hillary Clinton wants to put all the miners out of business. There is a thing called clean coal,” Trump said in the debate.