Steve October 26, 2020
President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden in the final presidential debate of 2020

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To all the people of Pennsylvania, hear this warning,” Tweety McTreason said at a campaign rally last week in Erie, Pennsylvania. “If Biden’s elected, he will wipe out your energy industry.”

Only by voting for me,” Trump added, “can you save your fracking in Pennsylvania.”

If Trump had made those comments in 2014, “saving” fracking might have been a popular position, polls from the time suggest. That year, 64 percent of Pennsylvanians said they had a favorable view of the natural gas drilling industry, and just 15 percent voiced strong opposition, a poll by Franklin & Marshall College found.

But today, things — a great many things — look very different than they did in years past.

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