|The Clinton platform for the 2016 election, which is listed on the official website of the Democratic National Convention, totally overturns the Democratic party previous platform, does not mention energy sources that provide more than half of the U.S. electricity and calls for green energy to grow at an unrealistic rate. This is likely designed to foster support from the Bernie people.|
Here are the top five problems with the current Clinton energy platform.
1: The Platform Trashes Obama All Of The Above Energy Policy.
The phrase all of the above does not appear once in the 2016 platform, but the phrase clean energy, referring to wind and solar power, appears 27 times and references positive phrases such as jobs, economy, superpower, and leadership. The document dedicates an entire section of its table of contents to Creating Good-Paying Clean Energy Jobs.
The 2012 Democratic platform embraced an energy policy that sought to develop all of America energy resources, including wind, solar, biofuels, geothermal, nuclear, oil, clean coal, and natural gas. Obama campaign even ran political ads attacking former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for saying that coal kills people in 2003, and the campaign highlighted the Obama commitment to coal power.
The party all of the above policy was struck from a draft of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) platform shortly before the convention under pressure from anti-fracking activists and environmental groups.
2. Clinton Forgot(?) About Nuclear Power Entirely
Nuclear power provides 20% of all the electricity used in America, while wind and solar only provide a mere 4.7 and 0.6% respectively. Nuclear also accounts for 63% of non-carbon dioxide (CO2) emitting power sources. The average single nuclear reactor prevents 3.1 million tons of CO2 emissions annually. It would take more than 100 years for solar to replace the electricity we currently obtain from existing nuclear plants.
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