Clinton uses 1st debate to reiterate push for solar, clean energy jobs 

Source: By SNL • Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2016

In the first of three debates between the two major party presidential candidates, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on Sept. 26 reiterated her call for renewable energy development, making an appeal for becoming a “clean energy superpower of the 21st century.”

“We can deploy half a billion more solar panels,” Clinton said during a discussion on economic development. “We can have enough clean energy to power every home. We can build a new modern electric grid. That’s a lot of jobs. That’s a lot of new economic activity.”

Clinton has pushed for renewable energy development from the beginning of her campaign, starting with an initial appeal for increased solar panel deployment. Among the goals Clinton has promoted is growing U.S. renewable generation by a third by 2027, increasing green energy on public lands and installing 500 million solar panels by the end of her first term.

Republican candidate Donald Trump dismissed the economic potential of solar development, alluding to the U.S. Department of Energy’s loans to failedsolar panel manufacturer, Solyndra Inc.

“She talks about solar panels. We invested in a solar company, our country. That was a disaster. They lost plenty of money on that one,” Trump said.

While not citing much in the way of specific energy issues, Trump reiterated his previous calls for rolling back government regulations, arguing that “we have regulations on top of regulations.”

“Now, look, I’m a great believer in all forms of energy, but we’re putting a lot of people out of work. Our energy policies are a disaster. Our country is losing so much in terms of energy,” Trump said.

Throughout the campaign season, Trump has repeatedly called for rolling back environmental regulations introduced by the Obama administration, which the GOP candidate has labeled as damaging to consumers and limiting to U.S. energy production. Trump’s campaign has also called for placing limits on the authority and reach of federal agencies like the U.S. EPA.

He has also been critical of some renewable energy efforts, including wind power, which he has criticized for its impact on wildlife, and solar energy, which he claims is too costly.

The first of three debates was held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. The second will be held on Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis, followed by a final debate on Oct. 19 at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.