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Clinton Once Touted Support For Coal

- October 11, 2015

At A March Town Hall, Clinton Discussed Her Coal Communities Plan, Saying It Was Needed Because "We're Going To Put A Lot Of Coal Miners And Coal Companies Out Of Business." CLINTON: "So for example, I'm the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country. Because we're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business, right, Tim? And we're going to make it clear that we don't want to forget those people. Those people labored in those mines for generations, losing their health, often losing their lives to turn on our lights and power our factories. Now we've got to move away from coal and all the other fossil fuels, but I don't want to move away from the people who did the best they could to produce the energy that we relied on." (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democratic Presidential Candidate Town Hall , 3/13/16)

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Clinton Has Vowed To Defend And "Build On" Obama's New Clean Power Plan If Elected President, Calling It A "Significant Step Forward." " Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged Sunday that if elected she will build on a new White House clean energy program and defend it against those she called 'Republican doubters and defeatists.' Clinton was the first 2016 candidate to respond to the ambitious plan that President Obama will debut on Monday. Details of the program, which aims to cut greenhouse-gas pollution, were released over the weekend. The new regulation will require every state to reduce emissions from coal-burning power plants. In a statement Sunday, Clinton called the plan 'a significant step forward in meeting the urgent threat of climate change.'" (Anne Gearan, "Hillary Clinton Promises To Build On Obama Climate Plan As President," The Washington Post , 8/2/15)

The Coal Industry Has Been Struggling Due To "Increasingly Strict Regulations To Limit Greenhouse Gases." "The coal industry, long the heart that pumped the economy here, is in deep trouble, buffeted by power plants switching to cheap natural gas, crippling debt, mounting foreign competition and increasingly strict regulations to limit greenhouse gases and toxic emissions like mercury." (Clifford Krauss, "Coal Miners Struggle To Survive In An Industry Battered By Layoffs And Bankruptcy," The New York Times , 7/17/15)

Despite Recent Anti-Coal Rhetoric, In 2008 Clinton Ran "As A Champion Of Coal"

A "Pro-Coal" Democrat In 2008, Clinton's Campaign Rhetoric Has Changed As She Now Talks About The Coal Industry "In The Past Tense." "In her 2008 bid for the White House, Hillary Clinton cast herself as a blue-collar Democrat who was unabashedly pro-coal, a stance that helped her beat opponent Barack Obama easily in primaries in states that produced or were reliant on coal. Eight years later, a Reuters review of her recent campaign speeches and policy announcements shows that the great-granddaughter of a Welsh coal miner is now talking about the coal industry in the past tense." (Valerie Volcovici and Amanda Becker, "Clinton Strays From Her Roots As Coal Miner's Great Granddaughter," Reuters, 8/10/15)

  • Reuters Headline: "Clinton Strays From Her Roots As Coal Miner's Great Granddaughter" (Valerie Volcovici and Amanda Becker, "Clinton Strays From Her Roots As Coal Miner's Great Granddaughter," Reuters, 8/10/15)

In 2008, "Clinton Ran As A Champion Of Coal," Saying "We're Going To Use Coal, There's No Doubt About It." "Eight years ago, Clinton ran as a champion of coal beating then Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in the Ohio and Pennsylvania primaries with support from working class white Democrats. 'But we're going to use coal, there's no doubt about it,' said Clinton at a 2008 campaign event in Indiana." (Lisa Lerer, "Clinton Releases Plan To Help Coal Country Adapt To Climate," The Associated Press , 11/12/15)

In 2007, Clinton Said "We Have Got To Take A Hard Look At Clean Coal." CLINTON: "I think we have got to take a hard look at clean coal. I have advocated carbon sequestration, I have advocated power plants looking for ways to use coal more cleanly and efficiently. I doubt very much that using coal in liquid form for transportation could ever pass the environmental test, but I am willing to do the research to prove one way or another." (Amanda Griscom Little, "Clinton On The Record," Grist, 8/9/07)

In 2006, Clinton Said "Coal Is To Us What Oil Is To Saudi Arabia, And Part Of Our Domestic Strategy Must Involve Coal." CLINTON: "But we have to deal with coal because we have huge resources of coal. Coal is to us what oil is to Saudi Arabia, and part of our domestic strategy must involve coal. But unless we learn to burn it cleanly, the price of independence from imported oil by using coal will be accelerated global warming. Even if the United States never burned another lump of coal, China is bringing online a 1,000 megawatt coal-fired power plant every 10 days. So if we're going to reassert our leadership on climate change, which I think we should, we've got to deal with coal." (Sen. Hillary Clinton, Remarks At National Press Club Newsmaker Breakfast, Washington, D.C., 5/23/06)


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