Man-made climate change was a debate topic Wednesday night during the vice-presidential candidates. While some skeptics may have viewed that discussion as a waste of time, OneNewsNow spoke to someone who was glad to see it included.
"On the election ballot this year is the Green New Deal and the U.N. Paris Agreement," says Marc Morano of Climate Depot. "So, you do need to talk about the motivation behind both of those – and I think it's a perfectly legitimate topic."
Responding to the moderator's question during the debate, Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged that "the climate is changing," but added: "the issue is what's the cause and what do we do about it."
"President Trump has made it clear we're going to listen to the science," Pence continued. "Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would put us back in the Paris climate accord – and they would impose the Green New Deal, which would crush American energy, increase the cost of energy, and literally would crush American jobs."
As for claims that man-made climate change is causing more hurricanes and wildfires, Pence dismissed that line of thinking.
"There are no more hurricanes today than there were 100 years ago, but many of the climate alarmists use hurricanes and wildfires to try to sell their bill of goods of a Green New Deal," the vice president offered. "And President Trump and I are always going to put American jobs and American workers first."
Democratic Party vice-presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) believes man-made climate change is real, and contends something has to be done about emissions from fossil fuels. The concern from Harris and others is that emissions are driving up temperatures and are responsible for bigger, more powerful weather events.
"We're going to invest in renewable energy," Harris told debate moderator Susan Page and Vice President Mike Pence. "We will achieve net zero emissions by 2050, carbon neutral by 2035."
Harris went on to say that Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden has a plan and the Trump administration is moving us backward. "We will also re-enter the [Paris] climate agreement with pride," she emphasized.
"Overall, I thought Pence did well," Morano continues. "I thought Kamala Harris just sort of recited the same talking points you heard on the Green New Deal. And interestingly enough, she said that she was for fracking – at least she and Biden were. But that's the polar opposite of everything she's said in the past about fracking having to go."
Another stark contrast: Life
While a sizeable segment of the vice-presidential debate dealt with the U.S. Supreme Court and Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the court, the subject got around to each party's stance on abortion. Senator Harris made the Democratic ticket's stance very plain:
"I will always fight for a woman's right to make a decision about her own body. It should be her decision and not that of Donald Trump or the vice president, Michael Pence."
Many doctors point out the baby is a separate person who is simply being nourished by the mother temporarily until the child is born. Vice President Pence iterated the stance of the Trump-Pence ticket:
"I couldn't be more proud to serve as vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life. I'm pro-life; I don't apologize for it. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support taxpayer funding of abortion all the way up to the moment of birth – late-term abortion. They want to increase funding to Planned Parenthood of America."
That's even though, according to American Life League and other pro-life groups, Planned Parenthood has been proven to overbill the government, sell aborted babies' body parts for a fee, and perform abortions on underage girls in violation of state parental consent or notification laws.