Hillary Clinton’s War on Coal


Just a few weeks ago, Hillary Clinton said if elected president, “We’re gonna put a lot of coal miners and coal companies outta business.

Bernie Sanders also opposes coal, The United States must transform its energy system away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal.” (Feelthebern.org)

Both Hillary and Bernie sound a lot like Barack Obama when he was running for president eight years ago. Obama promised, “If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them.”

In June of 2014, Obama announced new regulations taking aim at coal-fired power plants. Hillary Clinton praised Obama’s EPA and described the new rules as “A very creative American solution.”

Hillary Clinton said, “So part of what President Obama is doing, and I fully support it, is making it clear that the United States is going to act. We’ve done work on mileage, now with the EPA rules on coal-fired plants, and a very creative American solution, having different states figure out what they can do to try to lower their coal-fired emissions.” (Hillary Clinton, 6/30/14)

Hillary Clinton believes the job-killing EPA regulations don’t go far enough saying, “We’re moving…but we need to do so much more.” (The Washington Post, 6/30/14)

In the U.S. Senate, Hillary Clinton joined with Bernie Sanders to push Cap-and-Trade.

In 2008, Clinton co-sponsored a Cap and Trade bill explaining, “I joined with Sens. Boxer and [Bernie] Sanders because I thought that their bill was the most forward-leaning in terms of what needs to be done to deal with the threat of global warming, and I’m very proud to support their [Cap and Trade] legislation.”

Also in Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Platform, she proposed establishing a Cap-and-Trade system. “Hillary will establish a market-based ‘cap and trade’ system to provide an overall framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.” (Hillary Clinton for President, www.hillaryclinton.com, 10/13/14)

Hillary Clinton said “I advocate a Cap-And-Trade System.” (Hillary Clinton, 2007 Des Moines Register Democratic Debate, Des Moines, IA, 12/13/07)

During a speech in 2007, Hillary Clinton declared that if elected president she would enforce a Cap-and-Trade system. She said, “As President, I will put in place a market-based cap and trade system to reduce carbon pollution.” (Hillary Clinton’s speech on energy and climate change, 11/5/07)