The fact that Hillary Clinton chose climate change as the topic for her second campaign platform ‘energy and climate’ was encouraging for environmentalists, as was her plan to install half a a half-billion solar panels by 2021 and to use renewable energy to power every home in the country within 10 years. But back in April fears were already expressed that Clinton’s approach to climate disruption would be ‘cautious’, especially regarding the Keystone Pipeline as well as fracking. Those concerns were apparently justified when last week Clinton refused to take a stand on Keystone, fracking and drilling in the Arctic. A graphic comparison of Clinton’s positions with those of Sanders and O’Malley sums it up nicely. Meanwhile the Republican candidates are either silent on the climate crisis, or simply deny its existence.
NOTE. This article was first posted on the Allegheny Group SC Web site, August 1, 2015.