During the last presidential debate last night, Democratic candidate Joe Biden claimed that Donald Trump had said that wind turbines cause cancer. But did the president actually say this?
The comments came during an exchange of views in which Trump claimed that Biden’s plans to fight climate change would cost “$100 trillion.
In response, the Democratic candidate accused the president of having invented this figure.
“I don’t know where he got these numbers. 100 trillion dollars? Give me a break,” said Biden. “[My] plan was supported by every major environmental group and every union group. Workers! Because they know that the future is in being able to breathe, and they know that there are good jobs to take us there.
“By the way, the fastest growing industries in America are solar energy and wind. He believes that wind causes cancer… Windmills,” Biden said in an obvious reference to wind turbines. These are the fastest growing jobs. We can grow and we can be cleaner if we follow the path I propose.
In April this year, Trump criticized wind power in a speech at the National Republican Congressional Committee dinner, claiming that the turbines – which he mistakenly referred to as windmills – could cause cancer.
“They say the noise causes cancer,” Trump said at dinner, imitating the sound of a turbine.
Joe Biden: “He believes that wind causes cancer, windmills.”
President Trump: “I know more about wind than you do. It is extremely expensive. Kills all birds.” #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/84EvgJdOY5
– The Hill (@thehill) October 23, 2020
Some anti-wind power groups have claimed that the low frequency noise generated by the turbines can cause health problems such as nausea, sleep disturbance and anxiety.
However, there is no credible evidence that these low-frequency sounds – known as infrasound – harm the human body or lead to the development of cancer, The Atlantic reported.
During Thursday’s debate, Trump said Biden’s climate plan was an “economic disaster.
“You see, their real plan costs $100 trillion. If we had the best year in our country’s history in a hundred years, we wouldn’t even come close to that number. This is the craziest plan anyone has ever seen.”
But Biden said his climate plan would cost around $2 trillion over four years. On Thursday, he said that that portion of the money would go to improving the energy efficiency of millions of buildings and infrastructure and to creating 50,000 charging stations for electric vehicles.
“Global warming is an existential threat to humanity. We have a moral obligation to deal with it,” said Biden. “And all the world’s leading scientists are telling us that we don’t have much time. We will pass the point of no return in the next eight to ten years,” he said, saying he would make the decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Convention if he became president.
Trump said he had withdrawn the United States from the agreement because “we would have to spend trillions of dollars”. I pulled us out because we had to spend trillions of dollars. We were treated very unfairly when they put us in there”.
“I am not going to sacrifice tens of millions of jobs and thousands of companies,” he said….