Hillary Clinton believes the US will become a clean energy “superpower”

Hillary Clinton predicted Thursday the United States will become the leading 21st century “superpower” in clean energy if the nation confronts the “most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face.” “We shouldn’t have to state the obvious … the data is unforgiving” in demonstrating that climate change and environmental crises are at hand, Clinton said at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas.Waving off a passionate sector of Americans who believe otherwise, she cited melting ice caps and the discovery of “carbon dioxide in our atmosphere not seen in millions of years” as evidence of potentially disastrous climate change.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says if the U.S. is willing to “make the hard choices” to address climate change and simultaneously invest more in clean energy infrastructure it could become “the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.” Clinton, who is thought to be a front runner for the Democratic candidate for president, made the remarks at the 7th annual National Clean Energy Summit, a clean energy-focused day long event organized by Nevada Senator Harry Reid. Clinton called climate change “the most consequential, urgent and sweeping set of challenges” that the nation and the world faces. But Clinton was optimistic about how investing in fighting climate change can also create significant economic value: “The threat is real. But so is the opportunity.” She pointed to how Nevada has invested in clean energy power generation — quintupling clean energy capacity since 2008 — while also drawing $5.5 billion worth of investments into the state. She also highlighted how Tesla, which just officially announced that its battery factory would be built in Nevada, was partly drawn to the state because Nevada had already invested in solar, wind and geothermal. Tesla plans to power its factory entirely with clean energy.

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By Alfie Joshua

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