Hillary Clinton: U.S. presidential election, 2008/domestic policy

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Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Senator (D-N.Y.)
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The following relates to Hillary Clinton and her positions on domestic policy issues.





Reducing petroleum consumption and imports, converting to renewable fuels

Speaking at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on November 5, 2007, Clinton proposed[1]

"Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050; reducing U.S. oil imports by two-thirds by 2030 and creating 5 million jobs related to clean energy over the next 10 years. ...
"Clinton's energy plan included many of the concepts she has discussed on the campaign trail for the past several months, but bound them together in a proposal she said can reshape the U.S. economy for generations to come. ...
"A key element of the plan is the establishment of the National Energy Council, led by a cabinet-level National Energy Adviser, akin to the National Security Council as a top adviser to the president.
"Another to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by allowing companies that produce such pollutants to sell the credits they are granted for producing such pollutants, a so-called cap-and-trade system. The proceeds from the system would be used in part to finance a program to help low-income Americans heat and cool their homes more efficiently.
"Clinton's plan would cost $150 billion over 10 years, paid for without raising taxes, aides argued.
"The $15 billion would be financed in part with a system of fees on energy company profits and removing special tax breaks for the oil and gas industries. Clinton calls this source the Strategic Energy Fund.
"The remaining costs of the proposal would be financed through dedicating savings from closing loopholes for oil and gas producers and dedicating a portion of revenue from the cap-and-trade program."


"A member of the Environment and Public Works Committee during her six and a half years in the Senate, she has sponsored or cosponsored nearly 400 legislative proposals related to energy and the environment. They've hit on high-profile topics like energy independence as well as less-discussed green issues like toxic exposure, environmental justice, and brownfield redevelopment. While Clinton hasn't been a trailblazer in the fight against climate change, she has been vocal on the need to pursue clean energy and protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Her efforts have earned a respectable grade from the League of Conservation Voters -- a 90 percent lifetime voting score," Amanda Griscom Little wrote August 9, 2007, in Grist.[2]

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In her new biography, For Love of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton: The White House Years,[3] Sally Bedell Smith writes[4] "Liberal Democrats, including Hillary, opposed it primarily because it could take jobs away from American workers. But as an advocate of global economic cooperation, Bill was drawn to its free-trade philosophy."

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  1. Thomas Beaumont, "Clinton details plans to cut oil use," Des Moines Register, November 5, 2007.
  2. Amanda Griscom Little, "Clinton on the Record. An interview with Hillary Clinton about her presidential platform on energy and the environment," Grist, August 9, 2007. Her Grist environmental fact sheet was updated October 9, 2007.
  3. See Powell's Books listing.
  4. Barron YoungSmith, "Hillary Didn't Support NAFTA," The Plank Blog/The New Republic, October 16, 2007.