Trump, Clinton, Sanders lay out energy policy visions as renewables hit global high

Trump, Clinton, Sanders lay out energy policy visions as renewables hit global high

The Obama administration is set to announce the 2nd of June a new batch of companies – primarily in the information technology sector – that will pledge to be more energy efficient and procure more renewable energy. The announcement, tied to the Clean Energy Ministerial being held in San Francisco this week, builds on a 2014 commitment from 300 organizations to procure more solar power. At the same conference, a German official said if Donald Trump wins in November “it would really be a disaster” if he scrapped the U.S.’s commitment to the Paris climate deal. Hillary Clinton released a plan that would “make public lands an engine of our clean energy economy” through boosts to renewable production and Bernie Sanders called for Democrats to put an outright ban on fracking in the party’s platform.

Trump’s plan to scrap the climate deal would be “stupid”

Countries all around the world are working to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, so the U.S. unilaterally departing the pact wouldn’t boost its economy in the long term, Thorsten Herdan, director general for German’s Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy said in San Francisco. The German official’s concerns don’t end there, Bloomberg’s Mark Chediak reported; if Trump is advocating to cut the Paris deal, “it’s to a certain extent stupid. It doesn’t help the economy in the U.S.” beyond maybe the first 10 years. Herdan also offered a word of caution on moving too quickly to renewables. Germany added 22.5 gw of solar in three years, more than the country’s nuclear power fleet. “That was too much,” he said. The country was focused on the electricity market only and should have also considered the housing, industrial sector and transportation sectors in transition planning. Also, he said: “this is our message to the U.S., to use your neighbors.” For too long of a time, Germany “did it on our own”. Most savings and benefits can be found by integrating plans with neighbors, he said.

Clinton pledges boost to wind power (but doesn’t mention eagles)

For her part, if Hillary Clinton is elected she says she’d double the size of the “outdoor economy” and bring about a ten-fold increase in renewable energy production on public lands within a decade, the Democratic frontrunner said in fact sheet released yesterday. This is in contrast to Trump, who said last week he’s concerned that wind development “is killing all the eagles.” Clinton wants to increase offshore wind, reform onshore coal, oil, and gas leases to ensure taxpayers are getting a fair deal and expedite approvals for transmission lines for renewable projects. The proposal would also direct the Commerce Department to measure the “outdoor economy,” which includes spending on activities such as fishing, hiking and whitewater rafting, with statistics on jobs and economic contributions of the industry.

It’s too late to regulate fracking, Bernie Sanders says

Speaking at a press conference in California, the Democratic presidential hopeful called on the party to include a national hydraulic fracturing ban in its platform just days before California’s Democratic primary. Sanders said he would “hope and expect” the party to include the ban to “make it clear that it has the guts to stand up to the fossil fuel industry, and to make it clear that their short-term profits are not more important than the health and well-being of [our citizens].” Sanders highlighted the “profound” difference between his and rival Hillary Clinton’s approach to the issue. “Secretary Clinton in one way or another wants to quote unquote ‘regulate’ fracking. I think it is too late for regulating,” he said.

Source: Bloomberg Government

Date: June 2016

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