Hillary Clinton could run on strongest climate change platform ever
The Democrats’ draft platform won’t be ratified until the convention, but climate activists are already hailing it as a ‘monumental victory’
Hillary Clinton could campaign much more aggressively against climate change than any US presidential candidate before her, under a draft platform adopted by Democratic party leaders.
Earlier this year, he proposed a carbon fee in the form of a $10-a-barrel tax on oil.
“We’ve gone in four years from all of the above, and natural gas as a bridge to the future, to a platform that explicitly recognizes that wind and sun should take priority over gas. It also says that all federal action should be weighed to see if it ‘significantly exacerbates’ global warming – the so-called Keystone test,” said Bill McKibben, author and climate activist. “The entire landscape of America’s energy policy will be changed if (Hillary Clinton) follows her word here.”
Clinton from the start of her campaign had committed to fighting for Obama’s climate agenda. But she had notably lagged behind Sanders – and even Obama at times – on key issues such as the Keystone pipeline and Arctic drilling.