Donald Trump’s running mate in the 2020 presidential election is current Vice President Mike Pence. Both Trump and Pence have been clear in their intentions to continue investing in oil and gas rather than renewable forms of power. During his time as governor of Indiana, Pence stated, “Indiana is a pro-coal state.”
While Pence has been forthcoming in his favor for traditional forms of power such as oil and gas, he’s been less clear about his belief in climate change. In fact, environmental experts have criticized the current vice president for refusing to condemn climate change as an “existential threat.”
A controversial decision made by the Trump administration was to pull the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. It is worth noting that nearly every other country in the world is a part of the agreement – 190 of the 197 nations, in fact. In the recent debate between Pence and Harris, Pence claimed that “the United States has reduced CO2 more than the countries that are still in the Paris climate accord.”
Under the Trump administration, the U.S. has cut carbon emissions, although these emissions have been trending downward for nearly two decades. According to the EIA, carbon emissions caused by energy consumption dropped by almost a gigaton between 2000 and 2019.
In terms of the oil and gas industry, Pence supports fracking for oil and natural gas, expanding offshore oil drilling, and the use of nuclear energy. Additionally, during his time as vice president, Pence supported the Trump administration as it rolled back several environmental regulations enacted by the Obama administration, to the benefit of corporations in the oil and gas industry.
Caitlin Ritchie is a writer within the energy and power industry. Born in Georgia, she attended the University of Georgia before earning her master’s in English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.