Presidential race now going to pick of the moment. Everybody trying to compare the candidates. In terms of Energy and climate change issues two candidate has different views.
Hillary Clinton describes herself as “a proven fighter against the threat of climate change,” having led the Obama administration’s 2012 establishment of a global initiative to reduce short-lived climate pollutants.
In July 2015, Clinton said that as president she would aim to “make the United States the world’s clean energy superpower,” and announced two proposals to fight climate change: the installation of more than half a billion solar panels by the end of her first term, and the generation of enough renewable energy to power every U.S. home within ten years. She has vowed to fight Republican efforts in Congress and the courts to undo President Obama's Clean Power Plan, which set carbon emission limits on U.S. states.
She also says as president she would unveil a “Clean Energy Challenge” (CEC), a broad federal program that would partner with states, cities, and rural communities on renewable energy, power grid resilience, and air pollution control. Among other things, the CEC would extend clean energy tax incentives, expand R&D efforts, and increase U.S. hydropower generation.
Clinton opposes drilling in the U.S. Arctic and says she is “very skeptical” of the need for energy production off the coast of southeastern states like the Carolinas. She also opposes construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the project distracts from U.S. efforts to combat climate change.
Clinton has referred to the positive effects of the U.S. natural gas boom, but has said she would tighten regulations on the practice of hydraulic fracturing. "By the time we get through all of my conditions, I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place," she said in a March 2016 debate. Meanwhile, she says she will work to cut federal subsidies for oil and gas businesses, and will maintain the moratorium on new coal-mining leases while the federal process is reviewed.
Donald Trump says he does not believe that climate change is a significant environmental challenge, and he doubts that humans are contributing factors. “I consider climate change to be not one of our big problems,” he said in September 2015.
In a May 2016 speech outlining his energy reform plan, the Republican pledged to lead the country toward total energy independence while accounting for "rational environmental concerns" like clean air and water. His proposal called for, among other things, expanding domestic production of oil and gas, lifting moratoriums on energy production on federal lands, permitting the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, voiding the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, and walking away from the Paris climate deal. The United States should pursue all forms of energy, including renewables, but should not preference one source over another, he said.
Source: Foreign Affairs