Tucker Carlson spent much of Friday interviewing various Republican candidates vying for the party’s 2024 presidential nomination, including former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, the onetime South Carolina governor who was the first to step up and challenge her old boss, Donald Trump.

At one point, Carlson asked Haley a blunt question “that caught her off-guard,” according to the Daily Signal.

“Who blew up the Nord Stream pipeline?” the former Fox News host asked during a discussion on climate change and energy policy.

A section of the pipeline, which carried natural gas under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany, was blown up in September 2022.

“I mean, I don’t know, do you?” she said with some levity.

Laughing, Carlson said evidence suggested that the Biden administration was responsible, but the White House and various federal agencies, including the Pentagon, have denied involvement.

Earlier, the discussion dealt with climate and natural resources needed to power the U.S. economy.

“You dealt with this question all the time at the UN, the question of, ‘how does the world respond to climate change?’” he began. “But there are really two questions. One, is the climate changing…but the deeper question is why? We had glaciers 10,000 years ago, the climate has always changed dramatically since the formation of the Earth.

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“Do you think humans are causing this change, and do you think we can stop or slow it down? Is there actual evidence?” he asked directly.

Haley took a breath and paused for some seconds before responding.

“I mean….I don’t…” she began.

“Honestly, I don’t know how much is being changed or not, as much as I know that putting electric vehicles on the road is not the answer to what you’re doing,” she finally said.

She went on to say that the more significant problem is the U.S., at present, must go “hat in hand” to Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Venezuela to get oil.

“We should be energy independent, no matter what. I don’t care what anybody says about the environment,” Haley said. “This is a national security threat of not having energy independence.”

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