Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hillary Clinton's Climate Change Plan 'Just Plain Silly', Says Leading Expert

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks away after answering questions from reporters following a town hall campaign stop in Nashua, New Hampshire. (Photograph Credit: Brian Snyder/Reuters) Click to Enlarge.
Hillary Clinton’s pledge on Sunday to support renewable energy and boost subsidies for solar panels was set up as a great unveiling – the Democratic front runner's first public remarks on how her presidency would tackle climate change.
But for many who study climate change, Clinton’s proposal lacked the ambition and sense of urgency appropriate to the scale of the problem.
Environmentalist Bill McKibben said that while Clinton’s support for solar was necessary, it was far from a comprehensive energy policy.  “Much of the impact of her climate plan was undercut the next day by her unwillingness to talk about the supply side of the equation,” he said. “Ducking questions about the Canadian tar sands or drilling in the Arctic makes everyone worry we’re going to see eight more years of an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy, which is what we do not need to hear in the hottest year ever measured on our planet.”

McKibben is not alone in criticizing Clinton’s energy policy for sounding like too little too late.

“It’s just plain silly,” said James Hansen, a climate change researcher who headed NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies for over 30 years.  “No, you cannot solve the problem without a fundamental change, and that means you have to make the price of fossil fuels honest.  Subsidizing solar panels is not going to solve the problem.”

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