NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–September 29, 2015. Below is a statement Hillary for America Chair John Podesta on Jeb Bush’s energy proposals:
“Today, Jeb Bush is proposing an energy plan that reads like a Big Oil wishlist, while apparently omitting clean energy and renewables entirely. Given Bush’s long record of climate defeatism and his history of taking campaign contributions from oil interests, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. His plan would boost the development of some of our continent’s dirtiest fuels, roll back commonsense and life-saving limits on dangerous air pollution, and set back the progress we’ve made in tackling climate change and supporting clean energy. What’s more, his plan casts aspersions on American entrepreneurs and America’s ability to drive the innovations and create the good-paying jobs we need to meet this global challenge. It’s precisely the wrong track for America to take. Hillary Clinton has set the ambitious goals of generating enough renewable energy to power every home in America within a decade and installing more than half a billion solar panels across America by the end of her first term. This is the transformative energy vision we need.”
Bush’s plan released today, which includes ideas he has already proposed, makes clear where he stands on American energy and climate change.
He would repeal the Clean Power Plan – our country’s first ever national standards to cut carbon pollution from power plants. Supported by the majority of Americans, it will prevent up to 3,600 premature deaths, 90,000 asthma attacks among children, and 300,000 missed work and school days each year by 2030.
He would “repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s… coal-ash standards for power plants.”
He would approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport one of North America’s dirtiest fuels – oil sands crude.
His plan follows other positions he’s taken in this campaign which would set back our progress on developing clean energy and combating climate change.
He would phase out the Renewable Fuel Standard.
He said, “I’m a skeptic. I’m not a scientist,” when asked if he believed global warming was primarily man-made.
These proposals read like a wishlist for big polluters, and they certainly offer no forward-looking vision for building the clean energy economy we need for the future.
Hillary Clinton believes the time for both climate denial and climate defeatism is long past. She knows we must take decisive action to combat climate change – for the good of our economy, our public health, and our future – and believes that American ingenuity and entrepreneurialism is fully up to the task. That’s why she has a comprehensive strategy for making the U.S. the clean energy superpower of the 21st Century, starting with an ambitious plan to have half a billion solar panels installed across America by the end of her first term and generate enough renewable energy to power every home in America within a decade, and for building the energy infrastructure we need for that future.
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