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Sun Apr 12, 2015, 07:12 AM Apr 2015

8 things you need to know about Hillary Clinton and climate change [View all]

8 things you need to know about Hillary Clinton and climate change

...For better and for worse, Clinton’s record and stances are cut from the same cloth as Obama’s. Her close confidant and presumed campaign chair, John Podesta, served as an Obama advisor with a focus on climate policy. Like Obama and Podesta, Clinton certainly seems to appreciate the seriousness of the threat of catastrophic climate change and to strongly support domestic policies and international agreements to reduce carbon emissions. But, like Obama and Podesta, she subscribes to an all-of-the-above energy policy. She promotes domestic drilling for oil and natural gas, including through potentially dangerous fracking. (The Clinton campaign did not respond to our request for comment.)

Here are eight important points about Clinton’s climate and energy views:

1. She understands the science. ...(snip)

2. She thinks the politics of climate change are daunting....(snip)

3. She fully supports Obama’s landmark power-plant rules....(snip)

4. She connects climate change to women’s rights...(snip)

5. She promoted fracking abroad while secretary of state. Clinton encouraged developing countries to sign deals with American fossil fuel companies to extract their shale gas through fracking. This is consistent with Obama’s fondness for touting natural gas as a lower-carbon “bridge fuel” to help us move from coal to renewables. Mariah Blake of Mother Jones did a deep dive from last year that found, “Under her leadership, the State Department worked closely with energy companies to spread fracking around the globe — part of a broader push to fight climate change, boost global energy supply, and undercut the power of adversaries such as Russia that use their energy resources as a cudgel. But environmental groups fear that exporting fracking, which has been linked to drinking-water contamination and earthquakes at home, could wreak havoc in countries with scant environmental regulation. And according to interviews, diplomatic cables, and other documents obtained by Mother Jones, American officials — some with deep ties to industry — also helped US firms clinch potentially lucrative shale concessions overseas, raising troubling questions about whose interests the program actually serves.”

6. Her family’s charitable foundation takes lots of oil money. Big oil companies like ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips have given millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, as have Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich nations in the Middle East. Thursday brought the latest exposé on this issue from the International Business Times, which reports on donations from Pacific Rubiales, a Canadian oil company accused of human rights violations in Colombia. Pacific Rubiales’s CEO Frank Giustra now sits on the Clinton Foundation’s board. IBT reports, “After millions of dollars were pledged by the oil company to the Clinton Foundation — supplemented by millions more from Giustra himself — Secretary Clinton abruptly changed her position on the controversial U.S.-Colombia trade pact. Having opposed the deal as a bad one for labor rights back when she was a presidential candidate in 2008, she now promoted it, calling it ‘strongly in the interests of both Colombia and the United States.’” A cynic would say oil companies are buying influence with the Clintons without being subject to campaign finance laws. A Clinton defender would point out that the foundation gives away this money, it isn’t going into Hillary Clinton’s pocket or her campaign account.

7. She has supported offshore oil drilling. In 2006, Clinton sided with Republicans and against climate hawks like Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) by voting in favor of a bill opening new Gulf Coast areas to offshore oil drilling. Obama has opened up many areas for offshore oil drilling, and it’s possible Clinton would do the same.

8. She avoids saying anything about Keystone XL. Even when asked directly about it, Clinton just refuses to answer....

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4 out of 8 ain't " Knowing " it's confusing or orpupilofnature57 Apr 2015 #1
Very good point. RiverLover Apr 2015 #3
I have always and probably always will vote Dem, because it's less evil and orpupilofnature57 Apr 2015 #8
First 4 are just lip-service cprise Apr 2015 #14
K&R marym625 Apr 2015 #2
You're welcome marym. RiverLover Apr 2015 #4
Going to have to bookmark them marym625 Apr 2015 #5
Yay. More fracking. abelenkpe Apr 2015 #6
Move along, nothing to see here. obxhead Apr 2015 #7
" Stuff " ?????? orpupilofnature57 Apr 2015 #9
Yes. He would be. obxhead Apr 2015 #10
Move along toward what ??? it's not a football game , she's got my vote, BUT. orpupilofnature57 Apr 2015 #11
Humans invented airplanes. obxhead Apr 2015 #12
OK orpupilofnature57 Apr 2015 #13
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