Hillary Clinton announced bold goals for the nation on Sunday as she outlined her intention to fight climate change, create jobs and protect the health of Americans if she’s elected president.
Her goal to install half a billion solar panels by 2020 and generate enough clean energy to power every home in America would make the United States the world’s green energy superpower.
We have to do much more—and we have to do it now. Watch the video: https://t.co/0nr45wb06j
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 27, 2015
Her campaign released a fact sheet outlining her proposal to fight climate change along with a video outlining her position.
“Those people on the other side, they will answer any question about climate change by saying, ‘I’m not a scientist.’ Well, I’m not a scientist either. I’m just a grandmother with two eyes and a brain.”
Clinton plans to launch a Clean Energy Challenge she hopes will provide American companies the incentives they need to modernize their energy infrastructure.
Her challenge involves competitive grants to motivate states to improve carbon pollution standards, cut red tape that slows solar rooftop installation time, and improve the nation’s power grid.
“We cannot wait any longer. It’s time we stand for a healthier climate, stand for cleaner air, for science, for innovation, for our children, for reality, for the future.”
Hillary plans to expand on her ideas to fight climate change during a campaign stop in Iowa Monday.
As bold as her ideas are, she still hasn’t gone as far as her fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders or billionaire activist Tom Steyer.
Clinton leads fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders in early polls, but recent Gallup numbers show her slipping as the campaign continues.
Early Republican polls show Hillary in a head-to-head contest with either Donald Trump, who is leading is most polls with double-digit numbers, or Jeb Bush, who’s currently in second place behind the billionaire.
If the general election were held today most political analysts agree Clinton would come out on top.
If she wins the 2016 presidential election Clinton would gut Republican efforts to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clan Power Plan and move to encourage green energy innovation.
[Climate Progress] Hillary Clinton Promises 500 Million Solar Panels By 2021: Hillary Clinton is going all in … http://t.co/wm1AdyWDyg
— ClimaTweets (@ClimaTweets) July 26, 2015
She also plans to help the clean coal industry and areas that depend on the industry while the country converts to clean energy.
The initial reaction of the environmental community to the video and fact sheet was positive, but whether Clinton will be able to implement her goals for the nation remain to be seen.
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