Welcome to Exact Solar’s ‘How Green is the 2016 Presidential Election?’ series! for more information and be sure to check back tomorrow for another candidate!
The Nation, a weekly political magazine, and 350 Action have teamed up and asked major political candidates in the Democratic, Republican and Green parties to “neither solicit nor accept campaign contributions from any oil, gas or coal company.”
We know that it’s early in the 2016 presidential race, but this election has the potential to truly revolutionize energy in America. We at Exact Solar feel that politics are at the heart of the green movement. So we are going to do all of the dirty work and research for you to provide you with the breakdown of the greenest and not-so-eco-friendly candidates so far.
GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has caught the attention of voters and news organizations since she stood out in the secondary Republican debate on Aug. 6. Before the debate, she held no more than one percent of poll support. Today, she is reported to hold five percent.
With Fiorina is climbing the polls, it’s about time we figure out where she stands on climate change. She isn’t standing up against the science with denial, but she in no way supports regulations designed to cut emissions or promote the growth of clean energy.
Fiorina is against regulations that limit oil, coal, and gas production, insisting that they merely limit our access to resources and keep the United States from being energy independent. She would also lift regulations that prevent the country from exporting oil.
Her solution to climate change is “innovation, not regulation. Instead of hurting American communities and losing American jobs through increased regulation, we should invest in innovative solutions to solve the problem.” Don’t switch to clean energy sources—just make coal cleaner.
While Fiorina isn’t denying climate change, stopping it isn’t on her list of priorities. However, becoming an energy independent country is. And, if elected, she doesn’t plan to let carbon emissions or protected federally protected land stand in her way.