Hillary Clinton’s climate change goals include plan to ‘decarbonize’ America

hillary tvDemocratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton entered the climate change debate Sunday, setting ambitious goals to “decarbonize” America and blasting her Republican rivals for ignoring scientists who warn of a looming disaster from global warming.

Mrs. Clinton announced what she described as the first pillars of a comprehensive energy and climate agenda with a three-minute Web video that presented a montage of scenes of children on playgrounds, farmland and windmills juxtaposed with footage of wildfires, a blazing sun and flood damage.

“I’m just a grandmother with two eyes and a brain, and I know what’s happening in the world is going to have a big effect on my daughter and especially on my granddaughter,” Mrs. Clinton said in her narration for the video.

Mrs. Clinton promised that, if elected president, she would set two goals to fight climate change: increase the number of solar panels by more than 500 million across the country by the end of her first term and set a 10-year goal of generating enough renewable energy to power every single home in America.

Mrs. Clinton’s goals served as her opening bid to satisfy the Democratic Party’s liberal base, which wants a more aggressive effort on climate change and environmentalism than President Obama has been able to muster.

Mrs. Clinton’s liberal opponents for the nomination, most significantly Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont, already have staked out tough stances and made the issue a centerpiece of their campaigns.

The campaign manager for Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley responded with a memorandum that did not name Mrs. Clinton but highlighted the former Maryland governor’s long-standing plan to combat climate change and make the country 100 percent powered by renewable energy by 2050.

The memo stressed that the climate change issue needed “actions, not just words,” and referenced Mr. O’Malley’s longtime opposition to the Keystone XL cross-country oil pipeline, which is the bane of environmentalists. Mrs. Clinton has not taken a public stand on the pipeline.

Mr. O’Malley has forcefully challenged Mrs. Clinton from the left on a host of issues but has failed to gain traction in the polls, slipping further into the single digits as Mr. Sanders, a self-identified socialist, has gained steam with his own agenda.

The Clinton campaign said the former first lady, senator and secretary of state would discuss more of her plan to increase renewable energy sources and address climate change Monday after a tour at the green-energy certified Des Moines Area Regional Transit (DART) Central Station in Iowa.

To achieve her goals on climate change, Mrs. Clinton would launch a “clean energy challenge” that forms a partnership with states, cities and rural communities that are ready to lead on clean energy, according to the campaign.

The challenge will include:

Competitive grants and other market-based incentives to empower states to enact carbon pollution standards tougher than the federal government’s and accelerate clean energy deployment.

Awards for communities that successfully cut the red tape that slows rooftop solar installation times and increases costs for businesses and consumers.

Work with states, cities and rural communities to strengthen grid reliability and resilience, increase consumer choice and improve customer value.

• Expand the Rural Utilities Service and other successful USDA programs to help provide clean, reliable, and affordable energy, not just to rural Americans but to the rest of the country as well.

The campaign said Mrs. Clinton also would fight efforts to roll back the Clean Power Plan, a proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency that would cut carbon emissions from power plants and is being challenged in court.

In the video, Mrs. Clinton called out eight Republican presidential candidates for either denying climate change or claiming they couldn’t judge whether climate change exists because they are not scientists.

The screen was filled with the text of quotes from former Sen. Rick Santorum, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Marco Rubio, real estate mogul Donald Trump, former Gov. Jeb Bush, former Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich.

“It’s hard to believe there are people running for president who still refuse to accept the settled science of climate change. Who would rather remind us they’re not scientists than listen to those who are,” Mrs. Clinton said. “You don’t have to be a scientist to take on this urgent challenge that threatens us all; you just have to be willing to act.”

Mrs. Clinton said Republicans were stuck in the past and she was offering leadership for the future and the opportunity to make America a “clean energy superpower,” which is a phrase she has used repeatedly on the campaign trail.

“We’re on the cusp of a new era. We can have more choice in the energy we consume and produce. We can create a more open, efficient and resilient grid that connects us, empowers us — improves our health and benefits us all,” she said in the video. “The decisions we make in the next decade can make all of this possible, or they can keep us trapped in the past. We cannot wait any longer. It’s time we stand for a healthier climate, stand for cleaner air, for science, innovation, for our children, for reality, for the future.”

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    Moose

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    To repeat some of her words:

    It’s hard to believe there are people running for president who still refuse to accept the settled science of climate lies.

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    John from Michigan

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    So Hillary wants to stop the global warming that ended in 1998. Does she still think the Earth is flat and the Earth is the center of the universe?

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    Amber

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    Why has it become so fashionable to use the grandma/grandpa card ?

    Her generation have not hesitated to send some one else’s grandkids in as cannon fodder when it suits them .

    Hillary may have temporarily appeased a small group of extreme green but the rest of the USA will view it as selling out to a group who see wrecking the USA economy has their goal .
    The political party that backed the agenda of extreme green in Australian and Canadian elections got their butt kicked .
    Careful who your friends are Grandma used to say .

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      GR82DRV

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      [quote name=”Amber”]Why has it become so fashionable to use the grandma/grandpa card ?[/quote]

      And why has it always been off-base to even [i]mention[/i] the children of the Clintons, and [i]especially[/i] the Obamas, yet the Bush twins were routinely scrutinized and impugned in the media for even the slightest imperfections?

      Nice to [i]own[/i] the media…

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    Ralph

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    Which one of Clinton’s donors have investments in some solar panel manufacturer?

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    Dan Pangburn

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    The majority of climate scientists got it wrong. The CO2 level has been higher than now for most of the Phanerozoic eon (the last 542 million years). If CO2 was a forcing on temperature (which it is not, in spite of it absorbing some of the 15 micron radiation from terrestrial radiation spectrum, which is mostly spread over 6-100 microns) there would be no life as we know it on this planet.

    This deduction employs existing data and the computational mandate that temperature change is in response to the time-integral of the net forcing; not proportionately to the instantaneous value of the net forcing itself.

    Engineering science proves CO2 has no significant effect on climate.

    The proof and identification of the two factors that do cause reported climate change (sunspot number is the only independent variable) are at http://agwunveiled.blogspot.com (now with 5-year running-average smoothing of measured average global temperature (AGT), the near-perfect explanation of AGT since before 1900; R^2 = 0.97+).

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    Amber

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    The caption under the picture should read …Bill you did what ?

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    Amber

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    When you have a billionaire conditionally buying you and extreme green trying to brow beat you is it any surprise she would announce a goofy solar panel scheme that will never happen .
    Sound bites instead of sound action is the name of the game in an attention span challenged culture .

    They get away with it because they can . No wonder nothing gets done .

    Cut the number of politicians by at least half and no one would notice any difference .

    The only really motivating force for change is unfortunately an external event or crisis, so we don’t need such ineffective over representation any longer .

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    GR82DRV

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    If two [u]independent [/u]Inspector Generals had recently recommended a [b]criminal investigation[/b] on the conduct of ANY Republican candidate that person would now be [u]toast[/u].

    Because it’s Hillary, nothing but crickets from the mainstream media…

    Clinton/Left immunity guarantees continued corruption in government.

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