Clinton’s Climate Plan will Create Jobs & Protect the Health of our Families
By Tiernan Sittenfeld, SVP of Government Affairs for LCV Action Fund
We couldn’t disagree more with Ed Rogers and the fossil fuel interests his firm represents. Across the country, we are already seeing devastating impacts of climate change from more extreme weather like the floods in Louisiana to the record-breaking drought in California. These crises have not only an enormous economic cost, but a human one.
Hillary Clinton recognizes that we have a moral obligation to leave our children and grandchildren a clean and healthy planet, and as president she will do just that. She’s already building on her strong environmental record by making climate change and clean energy a top priority on the campaign trail. She is making clear that it isn’t just good for our environment, it’s good for our health and our economy.
Big Oil and corporate polluters have mislead Americans for years on climate science, and they are continuing to mislead us with the argument that environmental protections will hurt our wallets and cost us jobs. The truth is that the economy has grown as we’ve put in place greater environmental and public health protections. The clean energy sector is developing rapidly — in 2015, jobs in the solar industry alone grew 12 times faster than overall job creation. And Hillary’s comprehensive economic plan — a core piece of which is investing in clean energy — will create 10.4 million jobs. She also proudly supports the Clean Power Plan, the historic Paris climate agreement, protecting more of our coasts and pristine lands and so much more.
In contrast, Donald Trump’s plans are a wish list for Big Polluters — which include ripping up the Paris climate agreement and eliminating the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which ensures we have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. That’s on top of the economic devastation that climate change will continue to wreak if we double down on dirty energy like Donald Trump wants.
We simply cannot accept the false choices presented by polluters. We cannot accept politicians who put polluter profits over the health and well-being of our children and families. The stakes are just too high to elect climate deniers like Donald Trump who want to double down on dirty, dangerous energy and shred public health protections. Instead, we must look to the future and leaders like Hillary Clinton who can help build a clean, green economy that works for all of us. Despite Rogers’ suggestion that Republicans hold Clinton and Obama accountable, polls show that the American people strongly support efforts to combat climate change and are more likely to vote for elected officials who share their views. We are confident that Hillary’s climate leadership will help her win at the ballot box this fall.