Clinton Favors Clean Energy Grants and Tax Incentives, Deep Decarbonization

Former U.S. Senator from New York, former Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Clinton issued her position on energy on her website earlier this summer.

Hillary Clinton

2016 presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

As reported by CNN and statements on Clinton’s Climate Change Fact Sheet, Mrs. Clinton’s energy priorities include:

  • To have more than a half billion solar panels installed across the country by the end of her first term
  • To expand the amount of installed solar capacity to 140 gigawatts by the end of 2020, a 700% increase from current levels
  • To add more power generation capacity to the grid than during any decade in American history, from a combination of wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, and other forms of renewable electricity
  • To incentivize investment in renewables by increasing the number of government grants for clean energy, extending federal clean energy tax incentives and expanding renewable energy on public lands
  • To move our economy along a path towards deep decarbonization by 2050
  • To fight efforts to roll back the Clean Power Plan

CNN reports that Clinton does not rule out using federal land for fossil fuel development, but says that she would ensure “taxpayers get a fair deal for development on public lands, and that areas that are too sensitive for energy production are taken off the table.”

When asked a “yes or no” question about banning the extraction of fossil fuels from public lands, Clinton told protestors in July that she would not ban the practice until alternatives were in place.

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