What Hillary Clinton’s Clean Energy Goals Could Mean for the Climate

Hillary ClintonAccording to the latest polls, voters want climate action and will expect their next president to address the issue head-on. Hillary Clinton clearly understands this, based on the aggressive clean energy goals she just announced. She wants the U.S. to get 33 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2027, and wants to see half a billion solar panels installed by 2020. As this Carbon Brief analysis states, Clinton’s plan represents a big increase in ambition for climate solutions. Under the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (which offers many health and economic advantages), the share of renewables would be just 23 percent in 2027.
 
Wisely, Clinton is framing her plan as a way to grow jobs and protect the health of Americans – values that voters of all political leanings can appreciate. She is also focusing mostly on solar energy, which enjoys broad bipartisan support.
 
Some critics feel Clinton’s plan isn’t comprehensive enough, but according to a factsheet put out by the Clinton campaign, the two goals she announced are “just the beginning.” It’s certainly a huge step in the right direction.
 

Hillary Clinton’s Renewable Goals Could Significantly Raise U.S. Climate Ambition

By Simon Evans, contributor to The Carbon Brief
 
Renewable energy goals announced by Hillary Clinton, who hopes to succeed President Obama in 2017, could significantly raise US climate ambition.
 
Clinton wants renewables to supply a third of US electricity by 2027, enough to power “every home in America”. Carbon Brief analysis shows this could shave a further 4 percentage points off US emissions, against its existing pledge to cut carbon by 26-28% by 2025.
 
Clinton says she wants to make climate change a major campaign issue in the run-up to the 2016 presidential elections. Only two of 15 Republican candidates have acknowledged that climate change is real and must be tackled.
 
Carbon Brief explores what Clinton’s renewable energy goals could mean for the climate and why solar seems to be top of her agenda.
 
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