Climate Change Is At The 'Top Of The Agenda' For Hillary Clinton

| by Ethan Brown

Former Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 campaign, John Kerry’s 2004 run for the White House and Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns made history in their own right, but Hillary Clinton’s 2016 team is now the first campaign team that will discuss a thorough plan to battle climate change.

On April 12, 2016 Clinton campaign manager John Podesta tweeted a message that read: “Helping working families succeed, building small businesses, tackling climate change & clean energy. Top of the agenda. #Hillary2016.” While Obama’s 2008 campaign addressed climate change somewhat, it was overshadowed by the Iraq War, record high oil and gasoline prices and the collapse of the economy.

Podesta is a veteran in American politics, serving as the White House chief of staff during the Bill Clinton administration and later as counselor to Obama. He has also been an advocate for climate change research and legislation to curb the negative effects on the planet. In a piece for Politico earlier this year, Podesta warned about the environmental and financial costs of climate change.

“Climate change has already impacted our country’s fiscal health. Over the last decade, the federal government has incurred over $300 billion in direct costs due to extreme weather and fire alone. The Pentagon has warned that climate change endangers our national security — because climate change-related pressures like deep droughts, crop failures and extreme weather act as a “threat multiplier,” helping fuel instability and violence in already troubled parts of the world,” Podesta wrote.

Other political forces are also looking to make climate change an important issue for 2016. Billionaire Tom Steyer has pledged to use millions of his own money to campaign against Republican candidates who will not state that climate change is present and is harming the world. Steyer is an avid supporter of Clinton and invited her to an upcoming conference discussing climate change strategies in the future, Newsmax reported.

Sources: Newsmax, Politico, John Podesta on Twitter

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