Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton touted her plan to install half a billion solar panels and green energy for every American home during Monday night’s presidential debate.
Republican nominee Donald Trump countered Clinton’s remarks by mentioning the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars that were lost after the Obama administration invested in green energy companies.
“She talks about solar panels,” he said. “We invested in a solar company, our country. That was a disaster. They lost plenty of money on that one.”
Trump is referring to the Solyndra bankruptcy in 2011. Solar panel builder Solyndra got $535 million in loan guarantees from the Obama administration, but the company quickly failed and sparked concerns that taxpayer dollars were given to President Barack Obama’s political allies.
Trump said he favors all forms of energy, and mentioned coal industry workers being put out of work by cheap natural gas and federal environmental regulations.
“Now, look, I’m a great believer in all forms of energy, but we’re putting a lot of people out of work,” Trump said. “Our energy policies are a disaster. Our country is losing so much in terms of energy, in terms of paying off our debt. You can’t do what you’re looking to do with $20 trillion in debt.”
Clinton, however, didn’t let Trump off the hook. She attacked Trump for calling global warming a Chinese hoax.
“Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it’s real,” she said.
“I did not. I did not. I do not say that,” Trump responded.
“I think science is real,” Clinton shot back.
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