Why Vote for Hillary Clinton? She is a Climate Change Champion with the Skills to Move us Forward
Hillary Clinton is one of the most experienced Presidential candidates we've had and, given her time working both at the White House and in the Senate, is uniquely qualified to carry out her goal of making the United States the clean energy superpower of the 21st century .
“We will make America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. Developing renewable power – wind, solar, advanced biofuels; building cleaner power plants, smarter electric grids, greener buildings; using additional fees and royalties from fossil fuel extraction to protect the environment; and ease the transition for distressed communities to a more diverse and sustainable economic future from coal country to Indian country, from small towns in the Mississippi Delta to the Rio Grande Valley to our inner cities, we have to help our fellow Americans. Now, this will create millions of jobs and countless new businesses, and enable America to lead the global fight against climate change.” (6/13/15)
- Wellesley College Graduate - graduated with high honors
- Yale Law School Graduate with postgraduate study in children and medicine at the Yale Child Study Center. She served as staff attorney for the Children's Defense Fund and as a consultant to the Carnegie Council on Children. She also served on the editorial board of the Yale Review of Law and Social Action.
- Professor at the School of Law at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville where she became the first director of a new legal aid clinic at the school and co-founded the city's first rape crisis center
- Partner at Rose Law Firm - specialized in patent infringement and intellectual property law while also working pro bono in child advocacy
- Co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
- Chaired Boards of Legal Services Corporation, New World Foundation and Children's Defense Fund and served on the Board of the Arkansas Children's Hospital
- Served on Board of Directors for TCBY, Lafarge, and Wal-Mart (where she pushed successfully for Wal-Mart to adopt more environmentally friendly practices)
- Was twice named, in 1988 and 1991, by The National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America
- First Lady of Arkansas (1979-1981 and 1983-1992) where she introduced Arkansas's Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youths and chaired the Rural Health Advisory Committee and the Arkansas Educational Standards Committee
- First Lady of U.S. (1993-2001) where she helped pass the State Children's Health Insurance Program (which now enrolls 8.4 million mostly low-income children), Adoption and Safe Families Act, and the Foster Care Independence Act; helped create the Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice; helped vet appointments to the new administration-her choices filled at least eleven top-level positions and dozens more lower-level ones; helped create Vital Voices, to promote participation of women around the world in politics; chaired a Task Force on National Health Care Reform; and was founding chair of the Save America's Treasures program
- U.S. Senator (2001-2009) where she served on five Senate committees: was a member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe; and chaired the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. In addition, the Department of Defense asked her to serve as the only Senate member of the Transformation Advisory Group to the Joint Forces Command. She was re-elected to her second term with 67% of the vote. She played a key roll in writing and getting a $21 billion federal aid bill passed to help New York City after 9/11. She fought for a health bill for 9/11 first responders. She also played key rolls in getting the Lilly Ledbetter Pay Equity Act and Pediatric Research Equity Act passed into law.
- Secretary of State (2009-2013) where she visited 112 countries during her tenure, making her the most widely traveled secretary of state. She advocated for a worldview that the United States could be a force for good and progressivism across the world and was a tireless advocate for human rights and equality.
- Through the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, she focused on early childhood development efforts, including an initiative called Too Small to Fail and a $600 million initiative to encourage the enrollment of girls in secondary schools worldwide
- Led No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to gather and study data on the progress of women and girls around the world.
- Authored six books.
Hillary's Agenda for Addressing Climate Change
Hillary Clinton has a multifaceted, detailed plan to address climate change – outlined below.
“I have been very clear that combatting climate change is not only the right thing to do, in order to preserve our planet [and] to deal with the threats that it poses, but it can be a very smart economic approach as well. Why? In addition to defending President Obama’s historic gains that he’s made, starting with the Clean Power Plan, but others as well, we need a clear economic program that goes hand-in-hand with combatting climate change … Building on the Clean Power Plan, I will launch a clean energy challenge to partner with states, cities, and rural America to accelerate clean energy deployment, building efficiency, and clean transportation.” (11/9/15)
On day one, Hillary Clinton will set bold, national goals that will be achieved within 10 years of taking office:
- Generate enough renewable energy to power every home in America, with half a billion solar panels installed by the end of Hillary’s first term.
- Cut energy waste by a third in American homes, schools, hospitals and offices and make American manufacturing the cleanest and most efficient in the world.
- Reduce American oil consumption by a third through cleaner fuels and more efficient cars, boilers, ships, and trucks.
Hillary’s plan will deliver on the pledge President Obama made at the Paris climate conference—without relying on climate deniers in Congress to pass new legislation. She will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 percent in 2025 relative to 2005 levels and put the country on a path to cut emissions more than 80 percent by 2050.
“I believe in science. I believe that climate change is real and that we can save our planet while creating millions of good-paying clean energy jobs.” (7/8/16)
As president, Hillary will:
- Defend, implement, and extend smart pollution and efficiency standards, including the Clean Power Plan and standards for cars, trucks, and appliances that are already helping clean our air, save families money, and fight climate change.
- Launch a $60 billion Clean Energy Challenge to partner with states, cities, and rural communities to cut carbon pollution and expand clean energy, including for low-income families. Read the fact sheet here.
- Invest in clean energy infrastructure, innovation, manufacturing and workforce development to make the U.S. economy more competitive and create good-paying jobs and careers. Read the fact sheet here.
- Ensure safe and responsible energy production. As we transition to a clean energy economy, we must ensure that the fossil fuel production taking place today is safe and responsible and that areas too sensitive for energy production are taken off the table. Read the fact sheet here.
- Reform leasing and expand clean energy production on public lands and waters tenfold within a decade.
- Cut the billions of wasteful tax subsidies oil and gas companies have enjoyed for too long and invest in clean energy.
- Cut methane emissions across the economy and put in place strong standards for reducing leaks from both new and existing sources.
- Revitalize coal communities by supporting locally driven priorities and make them an engine of U.S. economic growth in the 21st century, as they have been for generations. Read the fact sheet here.
- Make environmental justice and climate justice central priorities by setting bold national goals to eliminate lead poisoning within five years, clean up the more than 450,000 toxic brownfield sites across the country, expand solar and energy efficiency solutions in low-income communities, and create an Environmental and Climate Justice Task Force. Read the fact sheet here.
- Promote conservation and collaborative stewardship. Hillary will keep public lands public, strengthen protections for our natural and cultural resources, increase access to parks and public lands for all Americans, as well as harness the immense economic potential they offer through expanded renewable energy production, a high quality of life, and a thriving outdoor economy. Read the fact sheet here.