Presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton has just released an aggressive and comprehensive plan to fight climate change and significantly curb the US addiction to foreign oil.
The plan called "Powering America's Future: Hillary Clinton's Plan to Address the Energy and Climate Crisis" proposes to:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% from 1990 levels by 2050 -- the level necessary to avoid the worst impacts of global warming.
- Cut foreign oil imports by two-thirds from projected levels by 2030.
- Transform our carbon-based economy into an efficient green economy, creating at least 5 million jobs from clean energy over the next decade.
Grist lays out the entire plan here.
Other key aspects are a new cap-and-trade program that auctions 100% of permits alongside investments to move us on the path towards energy independence and $50 billion Strategic Energy Fund, paid for in part by oil companies, to fund investments in alternative energy.
About time we've seen a presidential candidate take the climate crisis serious.