- October 02, 2016 -
Hillary’s In League With ‘Beyond Coal’ & ‘Beyond Natural Gas’ Groups To Destroy Energy Independence
“Hillary Clinton claims to support American energy jobs, but the truth is that Hillary is fully aligned with anti-coal and anti-shale energy groups and will implement policies, like her trillion dollar climate agenda, that will devastate coal permanently in this country and cut-off access to most of our shale energy resources. Hillary even issued a campaign statement saying she was ‘honored’ to receive the endorsement of the same group that runs the ‘Beyond Coal’ and ‘Beyond Natural Gas’ campaigns, which celebrate the closure of coal mines and now seek to ban shale energy production in the United States. Donald Trump supports the use of all sources of American energy, including coal, shale energy, nuclear, renewables and other sources, and he will fight for energy policies that are in the interest of all Americans, not the politically-connected.” – Jason Miller, Senior Communications Advisor
This week, Politico reported that Hillary Clinton is aligned with the same groups who are pushing to end the use of coal and shale energy in the United States. These policies will be destructive to states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Colorado and severely impact energy rates and jobs across the country.
According to Politico:"The Sierra Club is already gearing up to spend at least $5 million on a new multi-state campaign against what it estimates are 221 new gas-fired power plants in the works. That push, which will involve some of the same staff behind its long-running Beyond Coal project, intends to focus initially on organizing, legal, and communications work in Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Pennsylvania and potentially California, as well as adding new hires in D.C., the group's executive director Michael Brune tells Elana.The group plans to focus its national efforts on agencies like the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, all of which will be making decisions next year on gas projects, regulations or permits. “We want to expand [Clinton's] ability to hasten the transition away from fossil fuels,” Brune said. And the campaign’s ethos is directly aimed at Clinton, who’s campaigned on a promise to regulate fracking so strictly that there won’t “be many places” where it takes place."The vast majority of shale energy resources are produced using hydraulic fracturing technologies that are regulated primarily at the state level. Shale energy and coal support millions of jobs in the United States and are critical parts of the economies in energy-rich states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Colorado, just to name a few.
Virginia also has the nation’s largest coal export facility. Hillary's regulatory agenda will hammer workers in those states and drive up energy costs nationwide.
Hillary Clinton’s recent statements confirm how dangerous her energy policy is to the U.S. economy, including: "I’m going to pledge to stop fossil fuels..." (Devin Henry, "Clinton: Banning fossil fuels on public land a ‘done deal’" The Hill 2/5/16)
"We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” (Daniel Halper, "Clinton: 'We're Going to Put a Lot of Coal Miners and Coal Companies Out of Business'" Weekly Standard, 3/3/16)
“By the time we get through all of my conditions, I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place.” (Jennifer Dlouhy, "Clinton Doubles Down Against Fracking in Debate, Raising Alarms" Bloomberg, 3/7/16)
"No future extraction [on public lands]. I agree with that... I want to impose a moratorium on [oil, coal, and gas leases on federal lands].”350 Action
"[N]atural gas is a bridge. We want to cross that bridge as quickly as possible ..." ( Eric Wolff, "Clinton: Natural gas is a bridge fuel to be crossed 'quickly'" Politico, 4/15/16)
Hillary Clinton issued a campaign statement saying she was “honored” to receive the endorsement of the same group that runs the "Beyond Coal" and "Beyond Natural Gas" campaigns, which celebrate the closure of coal mines and now seek to ban shale energy production in the United States. Sierra Club; HillaryClinton.com.
Clinton called climate change “the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and a world,” not terrorism, the $19.5 trillion national debt, and many other issues of greater importance to the future of our nation. ( Darren Goode, "Clinton Talks Climate Change" Politico, 9/4/14)
How will the United States ever achieve real American Energy Independence with extreme policies like that?
Donald Trump understands the importance of Energy Independence and affordable power for all Americans. In a recent speech in Pittsburgh, Mr. Trump told the crowd:
“America is sitting on a treasure trove of untapped energy... [W]e should pursue the safe and responsible production of America’s vast energy reserves. We need an America-First energy plan. This means opening federal lands for oil and gas production; opening offshore areas; and revoking policies that are imposing unnecessary restrictions on innovative new exploration technologies... Our energy policy will make full use of our domestic energy sources, including traditional and renewable energy sources.” Donald J. Trump Outlines Plan For American Energy