Aimed at making the US a clean energy super power, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has set ambitious target of having enough renewable energy in place to power every home in America within 10 years.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton hold a commit to caucus card during a campaign event Sunday, July 26, 2015, at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
But she declined to weigh in on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that would send Canadian crude oil to US refineries, a project criticised by environmentalists and many Democratic politicians, that is awaiting a final State Department review.
So if we keep the ratios the same, which is likely a high estimate because of economies of scale, installing 500 million panels would take a little over 702,000 workers per year for her term.
Clinton will discuss her proposals at an energy-efficient transit station in Iowa, a leading wind energy producer, where Clinton chose to start her 2016 presidential nominating race. But nobody can give an explanation for why a cabinet secretary would have a private email system other than to thwart inquiries, FOIAs [Freedom of Information Act requests], and someone who had spent 20 years fighting off many investigations, many of which were unwarranted and which led nowhere and so you understand the defensive crouch that a lot of Clinton people were in. “Secretary Clinton has repeatedly claimed that the work-related emails on her private home server did not include classified information, but we know that is not true”.
Clinton plans to outline her plan in greater detail on Monday.
She describes these as “bold national goals”. Clinton said that she supports stretching the wind energy for switching the united statesis electricity process from one that relies on traditional fuels tax-credit. “We drew a line in the sand on supporting it, but we haven’t drawn a line in the sand and said that absolutely everybody has to take a position on this”.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s campaign quickly jumped in with his own climate pledges, vowing to go 100 percent renewable energy and end all reliance on fossil fuels. “While government incentives have and continue to play a strong role, I think consumers will be more forthcoming”.
But the problem is the average solar panel only provides 200 watts of energy — that’s just 0.0002 megawatts (two ten thousandths of a megawatt).
The proposals are only the first of a number of climate policy commitments expected to emerge from Clinton’s campaign in the coming months, but already some progressive outfits have responded with cautious optimism to her opening rhetoric.
“The Internet is a network that magnifies the power and potential of all others”, Clinton said then.
Clinton’s refusal to talk about Keystone XL may be angering environmental activists, but her stance has been defended by San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer. “I think we are close to position where this might be market driven”, she said.