Clinton plays up green power in jobs plan

Source: Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, August 12, 2016

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton yesterday unveiled her “100-Day Jobs Plan,” reiterating her proposals to invest billions of dollars in infrastructure and expand employment opportunities via the renewable energy industry.

Clinton pitched her platform during a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, offering a series of policy ideas that her campaign asserts would create 10.4 million jobs over four years.

Echoing remarks she made in Las Vegas last week, Clinton called for a “modern electric grid” to distribute renewable energy, and investments to overhaul aging sewer and water systems, roads and bridges, and expanded public transit (EnergyWire, Aug. 5)

“I am someone who believes that if we do infrastructure, and we do clean renewable energy jobs, we are going to be on the way to a 21st-century economy that will work for everybody, not just those at the top,” Clinton said.

The Democrat, who is competing with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, also pointed to Iowa’s wind industry as an example of how the United States could become a “clean energy superpower” under her would-be administration.

“Anybody who says to me, ‘Well, you know, we can’t really transition to clean renewable energy,’ I ask them, ‘Have you been to Iowa lately?'” Clinton said.

“You already get a third of your electricity from wind, and there is going to be a lot of people who will be helped by the kind of work we are going to do to make sure that clean renewable energy is available around the country.”

Clinton went on to tout the state’s 10,000 renewable-energy-related jobs.

“What happened in Iowa was not just putting up the turbines; you all figured out that you could actually put them together in Iowa and employ people who are doing that work, and then train people in apprenticeship programs at community colleges to make sure you can maintain those turbines,” she said.

Clinton has also endorsed shifting 50 percent of the nation’s energy production to renewable sources by 2030, and her jobs plan includes a proposal to install half a billion new solar panels by the end of her first term in office.

The Democrat’s new jobs platform also emphasizes investments in scientific research and technological innovation.

Clinton is scheduled to speak later today in Michigan about her vision for the economy, just days after Trump did the same.