Democratic party platform calls for 100% clean energy by 2050
PHILADELPHIA -- The platform committee for the Democratic party and its presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, is pressing forward a draft that is highly tilted toward clean energy and combative toward fossil fuels and the oil and gas industry.
Calling climate change as an urgent threat and a defining challenge of our time, the platform wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions more than 80% below 2005 levels by 2050. “We believe America must be running entirely on clean energy by mid-century.”
“We are committed to getting 50% of our electricity from clean energy sources within a decade” the platform draft continued, “With half-a-billion solar panels installed within four years and enough renewable energy to power every home in the country.”
In a salvo against the oil and gas industry, the Democratic platform demands that “the tax code must reflect our commitment to a clean energy future by eliminating special tax breaks and subsidies for fossil fuel companies as well as defending and extending tax incentives for energy efficiency and clean energy.”
For the first time, the Democratic platform calls for corporations to fully analyze and disclose climate risk.“ In an obvious reference to the current campaign against ExxonMobil, the platform draft asks, “Those who fail to do so should be held accountable. Democrats also respectfully request the Department of Justice to investigate allegations of corporate fraud on the part of fossil fuel companies accused of misleading shareholders and the public on the scientific reality of climate change.”