November 12, 2015

Clinton’s $30 Billion Plan To End Coal

Today, Hillary Clinton announced her $30 billion plan to move the U.S. away from coal power. Clinton’s plan is an effort to continue Barack Obama’s war on coal, which has created a depression in coal communities and forced up the cost of electricity.

Earlier this week, while receiving an endorsement from the League of Conservation Voters, Hillary Clinton stated, “ I also want to say a special word about coal. We have to move away from coal. Everybody understands that, there is no doubt about it.”

This is a far cry from Clinton’s 2008 support for coal, as she tried to move to the right of Obama:

CLINTON: “I think we have got to take a hard look at clean coal. I have advocated carbon sequestration, I have advocated power plants looking for ways to use coal more cleanly and efficiently…. The political pressure [to use coal] will remain intense, and I think you have got to admit that coal — of which we have a great and abundant supply in America — is not going away.”

As has been the theme of Clinton’s campaign, her new position on coal is another move to the left as she attempts to fend off liberal challengers and appeal to a base that rejected her 8 years ago.