A shift away from oil, coal and natural gas to renewable energy sources is the latest issue being discussed on the campaign trail by Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Speaking in Ames, Iowa, on July 26, Clinton called for the development of renewable energy sources, more specifically solar and wind, to lead the nation’s energy supply toward the future.
“I want more wind, more solar, more advanced biofuels, more energy efficiency,” Clinton said during the campaign speech. “And I’ve got to tell you, people who argue against this are just not paying attention.”
In a video posted to her campaign website on Sunday night, Clinton further explains the goals she would set and hope to achieve if she were elected the nation’s 45th president. For example, Clinton vowed to build and install over a half billion solar panels within the first four years of her presidency, Reuters noted.
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Clinton's campaign stated that her ideas would lead to a 700 percent increase in the United States’ solar capacity from its current standings and may have the potential to generate one-third of all the nation’s electricity needs after its completion and implementation.
“I am just a grandmother with two eyes and a brain and I know what is happening in the world is going to have a big effect on my daughter and especially my granddaughters,” Clinton said in a video posted to her website after the speech.
The video also features Republican candidates former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz questioning the validity of prior claims of global warming, with a video of Bush dating back to 2009, CNN noted.
While Clinton’s latest campaign stop was focused on revealing more of her presidential platform, she did not speak about the latest development in her personal email account scandal. Federal investigators revealed on July 24 that classified documents may have been compromised in connection with Clinton's personal email account and server, which she used during her time as the nation’s Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.
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The inspector general of the intelligence organizations in the United States discussed the possible information compromise with the U.S. Justice Department, according to Fox News. The general also sent members of Congress a memo, warning that “potentially hundreds of classified emails” may have been affected during the time Clinton used her personal home server to conduct government business.
Clinton will testify before the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi on Oct. 22.
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