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3/17/2016 by mdc
Andrew Follett reports that Hillary Clinton said that her own supporters in the environmental movement put ideology ahead of science when they deny the advantages of natural gas and nuclear power. Proposals to end natural gas production or rapidly shut down our national nuclear power fleet put ideology ahead of science and would make it harder and more costly to build a clean energy future, the former secretary of state said recently.

The Clinton statement was an attempt to affirm her stance on coal power while approving some form of governmental support to out-of-work coal miners. The Clinton statement does not change her position on coal power, as she has consistently stated her policies are going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business. The statement also notes her objection to coal bankruptcies, which she sees as coal companies shirking their responsibilities to retired coal miners and dependents.

She says that the government needs to continue supporting safe and responsible natural gas production and nuclear energy, and the thousands of jobs that come with it. Clinton has promoted hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas in other countries a big priority during her tenure as Secretary of State. Her Department of State advised world leaders on the benefits of fracking, connected them with American energy experts, and organized visits to American drilling sites with the explicit goal of making the U.S. into a role model for natural gas fracking around the world.

However, despite the advantages of nuclear and natural gas, her policy revolves around building half a billion solar panels and extending green energy tax credits. Hillary stated she will make the production tax credit for wind and solar permanent and will defend the EPA Clean Power Plan.

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