Ambitious

Hillary makes bold promises on clean energy at campaign event

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In a bold push in favor of renewable energy, Hillary Clinton on Sunday promised voters in Iowa that by the end of her first term as president the U.S. would have seven times the solar capacity it does today, and that by 2027 renewable energy would supply a third of the nation’s electricity. Fossil fuels currently account for 31 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and estimates say Clinton’s renewable target could help to slice off another 4 percent of the US’s existing pledge to cut emissions by 26-28 percent by 2027. Clinton laid out a plan featuring the resuscitation of tax credits and regulatory incentives in order to spur the industry. “That [the return of tax credits] is hardly a sure thing, given that at least one chamber of Congress will inevitably be Republican-controlled during at least the first two years of any new president’s term,” said Zindler. But in total, Clinton’s pledge would push the zero carbon electricity sector (including nuclear) from 32 percent today to about 50 percent in 2027. For those of us concerned about the consequences of climate change, Clinton’s statement is at least an encouraging sign.

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