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This latest GOP endorsement for Clinton was triggered by Trump’s recent controversial economic speech in which plans for an “energy revolution” were revealed. Although widely disparaged, Trump claims his economic plan would create more than 500,000 jobs a year and generate more than $100bn a year in growth.
Reiterating pledges made back in May, Trump promises to repeal all “job-killing” environmental regulations, including President Obama’s capstone Clean Power Plan. Leading the pack of climate deniers, Trump also wants to kill the Clean Water Rule and end the moratorium on new coal mining permits on federal land.
Trump also states that he wants to ‘cancel’ the 2015 COP21 Paris Agreement and revisit the Keystone Pipeline.
Ruckelshaus and Reilly state, “That Trump would call climate change a hoax — the singular health and environmental threat to the world today — flies in the face of overwhelming international science and the public conviction and commitment of almost 200 national governments that adopted the Paris Agreement on climate change in December 2015.”
Two former EPA chiefs, William D. Ruckelshaus and William K. Reilly, pledged their support for Hillary in a joint statement issued last week on Clinton's campaign website citing Donald's "Profound ignorance of science" as a their primary reason.
She promotes domestic drilling for oil and natural gas, including through potentially dangerous fracking.
"Under her leadership, the State Department worked closely with energy companies to spread fracking around the globe—part of a broader push to fight climate change, boost global energy supply, and undercut the power of adversaries such as Russia that use their energy resources as a cudgel. But environmental groups fear that exporting fracking, which has been linked to drinking-water contamination and earthquakes at home, could wreak havoc in countries with scant environmental regulation. And according to interviews, diplomatic cables, and other documents obtained by Mother Jones, American officials—some with deep ties to industry—also helped US firms clinch potentially lucrative shale concessions overseas, raising troubling questions about whose interests the program actually serves."
Big oil companies like ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips have given millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, as have Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich nations in the Middle East.
In 2006, Clinton sided with Republicans and against climate hawks like Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) by voting in favor of a bill opening new Gulf Coast areas to offshore oil drilling.
Even when asked directly about it, Clinton just refuses to answer. In January she told a Canadian audience, "You won't get me to talk about Keystone because I have steadily made clear that I'm not going to express an opinion."
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