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Hillary Clinton Wants to Reconsider Her Fossil Fuel Campaign Contributions

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Published on Dec 16, 2015

On December 16th, 350 Iowa asked Hillary Clinton if she would join her fellow Democratic candidates for president in joining the pledge from The Nation to refuse campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry.

Question: [Both Senator Sanders and Governor O'Malley] have both committed to not taking money from the fossil fuel industry. I'd like to know if you'd be willing to sign a pledge that you will not take money from the fossil fuel industry, and you'll stop immediately.

Secretary Clinton: Well I don't know that I ever have, I'm not exactly one of their favorites--

You have.

Sec Clinton: Have I? Ok, well I'll check on that. They certainly haven't made much of an impression on me if I don't even know it. Look, I am committed to moving away from fossil fuels towards clean, renewable energy. I go all over this country bragging about Iowa. And why? Because you are getting a third of your electricity already from renewables, primarily wind. And I just told an interviewer, that I was doing a phone interview with, in South Carolina, I am, you know, not in favor of drilling off our coast. I was out there first before even the president saying no drilling in the Arctic. I believe strongly that we need to have a path of transition, so everybody knows where I stand, and everybody knows when I was in the senate I voted that way, I voted against the big energy giveaway bill of 2005, I'm on record. So, you know, individuals who might have some connection to whatever industry, I'm not gonna do a litmus test on them. I don't think there's a lot that'd support me, but the companies don't because they know that I'm gonna be very adamant about moving us toward clean renewable energy and I think that's the way it should be. They should know where we're going. And how I'm gonna try to get you there. So with all respect to everybody else, I've laid out a plan about what to do. I want to have a half a billion more solar panels installed by the end of my first term. I want to have enough clean energy to power every home by the end of my second term. So I think I my plans, my agenda, are very clear. And you know, I'll take a look at what I've already gotten, and obviously I will do everything I can to make sure anyone who gives me money knows exactly what I'm gonna do when I'm elected. There's no doubt about that.

That's great. So you will commit then, to not, if you are getting their money, to stop taking it?

Sec Clinton: Well I'm gonna take a look, you're asking me a question I never paid attention to because they don't actually come and talk to me. I think they think I'm a lost cause, which I probably am.

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