U.S. presidential debate: Trump calls India, China air 'filthy'

Cheryl Sanders
October 24, 2020

The US President has repeatedly blamed countries like India and China for not doing enough on climate change.

The final debate between USA presidential nominees Donald Trump and Joe Biden did not bring good news for India as the United States president described the air in India as "filthy".

"Look at China, how filthy it is".

Trump referred to India to defend his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, said one environmental expert.

In a 2017 interview with Reuters, Trump complained that China, India, Russia and other countries were paying too little to help poorer countries battle climate change under the Paris accord's Green Climate Fund.

Trump charged that Biden's climate plan was an "economic disaster" for oil states such as Texas and Oklahoma.

However, there were several who agreed with Trump, saying that Trump speaks the truth and India's air is an bad global embarrassment.

Mr Biden said that climate change is "an existential threat to humanity".

Trump was correct, said Kapil Mishra, a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "Time for all of us to come together and deal with the real reasons".

The top four emitters in 2017, which covered 58 per cent of global emissions, were China (27 per cent), the United States (15 per cent), the European Union (10 per cent) and India (7 per cent), it said.

Trump has been accused by his critics over his handling of climate change issues at the global level.

The language used on Thursday, however, was stronger than normal and comes a few days before U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark Esper are scheduled to travel in New Delhi to meet their counterparts for the U.S. -India 2+2 ministerial.

At the first presidential debate, Trump also spoke critically of India, questioning its coronavirus data amid criticism of his handling of the pandemic.

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