Hillary Clinton pledges to boost renewables on public lands

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has promised to increase the rollout of renewables on public lands. Writing in Californian newspaper Mercury News, Ms Clinton pledged to increase the amount of […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has promised to increase the rollout of renewables on public lands.

Writing in Californian newspaper Mercury News, Ms Clinton pledged to increase the amount of green energy generated on public lands and offshore waters by tenfold within a decade.

She said: “We must recognise that our public lands have always provided access to natural resources that have helped us grow as a nation. Now as we work to combat climate change and build America into the world’s clean energy superpower, our public lands can once again play a key role in unlocking the resources we need.

“While protecting sensitive areas where development poses too great a risk, we can accelerate our transition to a clean energy economy by increasing renewable energy generation on public lands and offshore waters tenfold within a decade.”

Ms Clinton also plans to create an agency to increase federal investment in water conservation, unlock new resources for local infrastructure, expand water reuse and deploy technologies to improve efficiency and extend supplies.

She added: “Let’s do more to protect our natural resources from the impacts of climate change. Californians understand better than most why we must improve how we manage water supplies that are challenged by higher temperatures, diminished snowpacks and longer droughts.”