As the race to the White House heats up, Hillary Clinton is in the spotlight more than ever. Like her opponents, Clinton has begun issuing proposals for responding to climate change and the first phase of her announcements is a bold one. She is calling for the United States to source 33 percent of its energy from solar power by 2027. That would be enough to power every home in the country, and constitutes an astounding 700 percent increase over current solar technology.
Clinton’s campaign published a 4-page Fact Sheet (PDF download) which outlines the plan, albeit somewhat vaguely. Clinton’s strategy involves defending the Democratic climate change legacy that President Barack Obama is attempting to create, by vowing to veto any Republican attempts to kill the Clean Power Plan. (Obama’s recent promise translates to 20 percent of America’s energy sourced from non-hydropower renewables by 2030, but wasn’t restricted to solar power, like Clinton’s plan.) She has also committed to extending the clean energy tax credits set to expire in 2016, and to creating a “Clean Energy Challenge” to incentivize state and local governments to exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon standards.
A 700 percent increase in solar power—especially on such a short timeline—sounds a little bit insane. That said, Clinton isn’t the only one calling for such dramatic action, so she could find the support required to carry out a plan like this. It’s not far off from goals in other parts of the world, either. News of Clinton’s solar ambitions come on the heels of Europe’s goal to source 50 percent of energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030, according to a leaked report. Even with such a bold vision, Clinton’s goals for renewable energy won’t be enough to save the world, given that less than 40 percent of carbon emissions in the U.S. can be attributed to electricity. We’ll have to wait and watch for the next installment of Clinton’s global warming promises to find out what else she has in store to ward off the most tragic results of climate change.
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