Trump responded by saying the Environmental Protection Agency “is killing” energy companies. He also touted the inaccurately named “clean coal,” and said, “Coal will last for a thousand years in this country.”

Clinton, for her part, said that natural gas could serve as a so-called “bridge fuel.” Her response did, however, give climate change its sole mention of the debate. “I have a comprehensive energy policy but it really does include fighting climate change because I think that is a serious problem. And I support moving to more clean and renewable energy as quickly as we can. Because I think we can be the 21st century clean energy superpower and create millions of new jobs and businesses,” she said.

Climate advocacy group took to Twitter to highlight the lack of climate coverage in the debate:

Greenpeace USA executive director Annie Leonard also condemned its “shameful” absence.

“The candidates spent very little time talking about climate change during tonight’s debate but it is on the minds of so many Americans, especially as Hurricane Matthew continues to take a heavy toll here and in Haiti. Climate change demands the attention of both candidates and their parties, and it is shameful that it was given so little,” she stated.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote Friday that “nowhere is the gap [between the two major parties] bigger or more consequential than on climate.” The divide, he added, “arguably matters more for the future than any of their other disagreements.”

“So why does the media seem so determined to ignore this issue? Why, in particular, does it almost seem as if there’s a rule against bringing it up in debates?” he asked.

“It’s time to end the blackout on climate change as an issue. It needs to be front and center,” he wrote, concluding that “letting it slide would be almost criminally irresponsible.”

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