Hillary Clinton on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Dec 30, 2010

Summary

Secretary of State Clinton believes in man-made global warming, calling it real and the science undeniable. She supports the ratification of the Kyoto protocols and the inclusion of China and India in that ratification. 

Senator Clinton supported funding for a wide range of alternative energy methods, including wind, solar, and ethanol. However, Senator Clinton opposed nuclear energy and stated that the cost and waste disposal issues made it unfeasible at the present time. She opposed the use of the Yucca mountain facility as a storage depot.

The goals of Senator Clinton's energy plan were an 80 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 on 1990 levels, a quarter of US electricity to come from renewables by 2025, and reducing our dependence on foreign oil by at least 50 percent by 2025. To pay for these new sources of energy, Senator Clinton proposed a cap-and-trade scheme. 

 

Campaign Events - Global Warming

Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign, Senator Clinton spoke about the warming planet and the need to switch to clean alternative fuels.

 

Support for the Kyoto Protocol

On Senator Clinton's campaign website, she stated that she would ratify the Kyoto protocol if elected president. She also stated that China and India should be brought into

 

CNN / Youtube Debate

In July of 2007, Senator Clinton was asked about her opinion on nuclear energy and global warming at the CNN / Youtube Debate. She stated that she was agnostic on nuclear energy in that we should not build plants until solve the problems of waste and cost to build the facility.

 

Nevada Debate

In January of 2008, Senator Clinton was asked about her position on the Yucca mountain facility during the Nevada primary debate and stated that she opposed the facility.

 

Cap-and-Trade System

During the 2008 elections, Senator Clinton introduced an energy plan that included and cap-and-trade system. The overall goals of the plan included:

  • an 80 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 on 1990 levels
  • cap-and-trade system
  • proceeds going towards new technology investments
  • and a program to help low-income families heat and cool their homes
  • targets for a quarter of US electricity to come from renewables by 2025
  • legislation demanding all listed firms report on climate change risks.
  • reducing our dependence on foreign oil by at least 50 percent by 2025

 

Official Website Statements

 

 

Voting Record

Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008

In September of 2008, The US Senate passed the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008. The Act created tax incentives for energy production and conservation. The bill was largely supported by the Democrats and largely opposed by the Republicans. The bill passed the House'); echo(' in May of 2008, and passed the Senate with widespread support in a 93-2 vote. Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007

Among other things, the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007 removed oil & gas exploration subsidies. The bill passed the House in January and passed the Senate in June. In the House, the bill was supported by almost all Democrats and opposed by a majority of Republicans. After passing the House, the bill got the support of most Democrats and roughly half of the Republicans, passing in a 65-27 vote. Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006

The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 was an attempt to open up more areas of the Gulf of Mexico for oil drilling. It passed the Senate with broad support in a 72-25 vote. However, it was not raised in the House. Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006.

Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006.

Amendment - Reduction of Oil Dependence

In June of 2005, the Senate voted on an amendment to reduce oil importation in the US by 40% by 2025. The would have raised the original goals set in the bill form a 1 million barrel per day reduction to a 7.6 million barrel per day reduction. This would most likely be achieved through increased CAFE standards of 78 miles per gallon in cars and a 185-percent increase in light trucks. The voted failed 47-53. Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the amendment.

Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the amendment.

Amendment - ANWR Fast Track

In March of 2003, the US Senate voted on an amendment to prevent fast-tracking of drilling in ANWR. The amendment passed 52-48. Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the amendment and thus opposed ANWR drilling.

Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the amendment and thus opposed ANWR drilling.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge amendment

In April of 2002, the Senate voted on an amendment to allow ANWR to be opened up for drilling. The full amendment was a separate piece of legislation that dictated the amount of land to be leased, the amount to be reimbursed to native Alaskans, an amount to be traded with Israel, and numerous other provisions. The amendmnent failed to pass the Senate 46-54. Hillary Clinton voted against the amendment to open up ANWR to drilling.

Hillary Clinton voted against the amendment to open up ANWR to drilling.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 5; Cleaner, Greener, and Smarter Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Calls for the enactment of legislation to improve the economy and the security of the United States by reducing U.S. dependence on foreign and unsustainable energy sources and the risks of global warming by: (1) making and encouraging significant investments in green job creation and clean energy across the economy; (2) diversifying and rapidly expanding the use of secure, efficient, and environmentally friendly energy supplies and technologies; (3) transforming U.S. infrastructure to make the infrastructure sustainable and the United States more competitive globally, including transmission grid modernization and transportation sector electrification; (4) requiring reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the United States and achieving reductions in emissions of GHGs abroad; (5) protecting consumers from volatile energy prices through better market oversight and enhanced energy efficiency standards and incentives; and (6) eliminating wasteful and unnecessary tax breaks and giveaways that fail to move the United States toward a more competitive and cleaner energy future.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 2555; Reducing Global Warming Pollution from Vehicles Act of 2008 - Cosponsor

Amends the Clean Air Act to approve the application of the state of California for a waiver of federal preemption of its motor vehicle emission standards.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 309; Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act - Cosponsor

A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 879; No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act of 2007 or NOPEC - Cosponsor

A bill to amend the Sherman Act to make oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 2025; Vehicle and Fuel Choices for American Security Act - Cosponsor

A bill to promote the national security and stability of the United States economy by reducing the dependence of the United States on oil through the use of alternative fuels and new technology, and for other purposes.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 342; Climate Stewardship Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

A bill to provide for a program of scientific research on abrupt climate change, to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by establishing a market-driven system of greenhouse gas tradeable allowances, to limit greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and reduce dependence upon foreign oil, and ensure benefits to consumers from the trading in such allowances.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 506; High-Performance Green Buildings Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

A bill to improve efficiency in the Federal Government through the use of high-performance green buildings, and for other purposes.

References

[1] Website: BusinessGreen Article: Hillary Clinton backs cap-and-trade Author: Joanne McCulloch Accessed on: 12/30/2010

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