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There's clearly much inertia here toward getting Hillary the nod. We might as well look at how things are shaping up for her in the global-warming arena. "The Conversation" has begun and a good bit of it includes energy and the climate threat. A few things she has said so far aren't that great, but generally her focus has been strong with a demonstrated interest in developing her energy/warming policy ahead of much of the pack.

The fact that she is one of the few candidates who has offered energy-plan specifics. Mind you, much of the funding relies on oil-industry taxes which may have difficulty getting through to begin with. However, she's done the job of listing her priorities and has said how she would allot the funding she obtains. The negatives are her significant focus on "clean" coal, which is far from environmentally sound at this point, and "clean" diesel. She even introduced her plan from one such coal plant. With all the me-toos on support for dubious coal technology, it's become more difficult to grade the shades of gray between her and the rest, down to how much they emphasize this or that bad climate policy. For HRC, it might have been better if she had left that "energy gap" open this early in the game and listened to ideas as to how to achieve the most renewable, least emitting energy mix possible. There is however a lot of good with getting true clean investment proposals out early, and she's done that as part of the plan. She plans to offer considerable sums to research and rebates, and that is deserving of applause. As a frontrunner, she has in some ways set a bar.

Throughout her Conversation with America she has done well in communicating her global-warming message, with much more detail than her main opponent. Sometimes she has relied on the audience to broach the topic rather than pushing it herself. One of the project bosses here took issue with how she paired climate change with Darfur in the clip "Hillary lays out...". Nonetheless, it is noteworthy among the candidates that she takes time to discuss current policy measures and exactly where the current path (under Bush) is not enough. You can see here, she has address the topic at her events almost as much as Edwards or Richardson. It will be interesting to see how much she focuses on Gore's strongest issue as speculation grows about his entrance into the race.

Originally posted to Primarily Green on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 03:16 PM PST.

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  •  How Soon Will it Be (5+ / 0-)

    ... before Hillary announces that she'll be starring in a movie called, shall we say, hypothetically speaking, "An Inconvenient Truth II?"

    I bet she's hearing some Gore footsteps in the background.   ;)

    A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma

    by JekyllnHyde on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 03:19:19 PM PST

    •  Blame Hillary Game (1+ / 0-)
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      JekyllnHyde

      "The report on climate change said that humans are very likely making the planet warmer. To which Hillary Clinton said, 'Hey, can't blame me for that one.'" --Jay Leno

      Politicians and diapers need to be changed frequently -- often for the same reason.

      by KnowVox on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 03:34:51 PM PST

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  •  You go, Hillary! (2+ / 0-)
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    Caldonia, PhillyGuy03

    Hillary's energy plan is an excellent start to our nation-wide discussion of this topic.

    The fact that she is one of the few candidates who has offered energy-plan specifics.... she's done the job of listing her priorities and has said how she would allot the funding she obtains.... There is however a lot of good with getting true clean investment proposals out early, and she's done that as part of the plan. She plans to offer considerable sums to research and rebates, and that is deserving of applause. As a frontrunner, she has... set a bar.

    Throughout her Conversation with America she has done well in communicating her global-warming message, with much more detail than her main opponent. Sometimes she has relied on the audience to broach the topic rather than pushing it herself.... it is noteworthy among the candidates that she takes time to discuss current policy measures and exactly where the current path (under Bush) is not enough....

    Politicians and diapers need to be changed frequently -- often for the same reason.

    by KnowVox on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 03:21:35 PM PST

  •  The idea won an Oscar! (1+ / 0-)
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    JekyllnHyde

    Hell yeah!  She's in!

    That's my main complaint with Hill.  She bends too easily in the breeze.  It appears her main concern is being everything to everyone, to the point where it's hard to understand where her heart really is on many issues.

    What we really need is someone with unflappable heart-felt convictions.

    To sit with elders of a gentle race this world has seldom seen ~ who talk of days for which they sit in wait ~ when all will be revealed

    by JuniperLea on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 03:23:03 PM PST

    •  Just You Wait (1+ / 0-)
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      JuniperLea

      It appears her main concern is being everything to everyone

      Hillary will, to quiet critics like you, invent a phony Sistah Souljah-like moment to 'prove' her independence from some constituent group in the Democratic Party.

      Some may call it being politically agile.  People like me will call it what it really is: pandering.

      A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma

      by JekyllnHyde on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 03:28:22 PM PST

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      •  You used the "P" word! (0+ / 0-)

        Shocking!  Simply shocking!

        Actually, I was too chicken myself...

        To sit with elders of a gentle race this world has seldom seen ~ who talk of days for which they sit in wait ~ when all will be revealed

        by JuniperLea on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 03:45:34 PM PST

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  •  Inertia? (0+ / 0-)

    Why is there inertia here toward Hillary?  Don't get that part.

    FWIW, my main issue with Hillary is the Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton thing.  Nothing against her per se, just rubs me the wrong way.

    Having said that, if she's the nominee, she's got my 100% support.

  •  President Bush's Energy Plan (4+ / 0-)

    "Preventing global warming is easy. All we have to do is switch temperatures from Fahrenheit to Celsius."  --George W. Bush  </snark>

    Politicians and diapers need to be changed frequently -- often for the same reason.

    by KnowVox on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 03:42:50 PM PST

  •  Wait (1+ / 0-)
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    Caldonia

    I thought that Hillary SUX™?!?

    A bunch of people at dailyKos.com told me so...


    All the shit you givin' us is fertilizer... / Throw your hands up, take it to another level / And you can never, ever, ever make a deal with the devil...

    by Page van der Linden on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 03:42:50 PM PST

  •  Hillary knows that (1+ / 0-)
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    Caldonia

    so much of NY is coastal, the potential catastrophe that major GW would cause could amount in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

    That's enough of a reason to pay it attention.

  •  Hmmmm... (1+ / 0-)
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    A Siegel
    1. Al Gore is not running.  

    I really, really think that the feasibility of a late entry by Gore and trying to play a game of catch-up in the money race and where many of the most experienced campaign managers and staff have already been employed by the other candidates -- it just won't happen.  It is just not like 1968 anymore.  Today you need a $100 million dollars, an extensive  multi-media campaign web site, a large staff, and campaign offices and ground troops across the many states - months in advance.  

    1. You seemed to leave out Obama from this Diary.  Obama has made Energy Independence a top National Priority (also he has already sponsered some minor legislation dealing with ethanol).  I think all the candidates, in fact, are making this a featured issue in the campaign and there is really little here to distinguish between them in this regard.  Whichever Democrat wins (if that happens) they will setup either a cabinet level focal point for this or an administration work group of some kind.  Experts then will be brought in (including Al Gore) and a roll out of various proposals will occur.



    The distinguishing issues in the campaign really remain the War in Iraq, the morality of U.S. Interventionism & Military voyeurism, Health Care, fiscal & budget policy, College costs, Tax policy, etc. and most importantly who can build and expand the Democratic Party (Obama) rather than be a polarizing figure.  And, who do you trust not to lie to you and/or capitulate to the right-wing.

    One thing Al Gore's Movie & efforts have done is de-fringe the concept of global warming and make it into a mainstream viewpoint.  It is now only the Sean Hannitys and Ann Coulters of the world (along with Cheney/Halliburton & Exxon-Mobile) that really deny the need to make wholesale changes in our Energy Policies and how we deal with fossile fuels.

    Elect a Democrat and we'll be moving in the right direction.




  •  my hearts not in (0+ / 0-)

    Bashing Hillary tonight , but my first reaction reading this is she and Bill are really tight with the Dubai princes and such, and I don't trust her as she is a major corporatist. But I'm know she'd be better then Bush.

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