November 6th, 2007
05:45 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton says she'd boost biofuels, ethanol production

NEWTON, Iowa (CNN) – In a speech focused on energy and climate challenges, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she plans to "dramatically increase biofuels production" over the next two decades.

"Our nation’s dependence on foreign oil places our economy at risk, our security in jeopardy, and our planet in peril," Clinton said. "But I believe we can transform the way we use and produce energy – and create at least 5 million jobs in new green industries."

Clinton's plan would boost the production of fuels like corn-based ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, and biodiesel to 36 billion gallons by the year 2022 and 60 billion gallons by 2030.

The senator from New York said she would extend tax incentives for biofuel production and increase the number of flex-fuel vehicles on the roads.

In her speech, delivered in the central Iowa city of Newton, Clinton also encouraged energy conservation, adding that everyone should have the determination her father had on the issue.

"[He] would not leave a room without turning off all the lights," Clinton said.

"Each of us has to start asking ourselves what we can do."

– CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Daniel, NY

    In good news for Hillary, she is much more competitive in Texas than expected, according to this new general election poll from Rasmussen out today! She even leads in one match-up!

    November 6, 2007 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Steve Blaine Washington

    When will she ever get anything right. There is more oil in Manitoba than in the entire Middle East. Supposedly they will it flowing as soon as they
    can build a waste disposal plant to separate out the sand from the oil deposits.

    November 6, 2007 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. Gerrold Far West, ND

    In her speech, delivered in the central Iowa city of Newton, Clinton also encouraged energy conservation, adding that everyone should have the determination her father had on the issue.

    "[He] would not leave a room without turning off all the lights," Clinton said.

    Actually Hillary, psychologists would suggest your father was really attempting to pretend you weren't there. Sadly, I feel for the guy. I wish you weren't on the news, tv, or debates either.

    November 6, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. VanReuter NY NY

    Will Bill be coming out soon to translate what Hillary REALLY meant?

    We can't assume we heard her correctly until her husband has signed off.

    November 6, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. kimzzz, Phoenix, AZ

    Are we going to have enough water to produce all of that biofuel?

    November 6, 2007 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. Greg, Oceanside CA

    Ethanol is a horrible,horrible idea.

    November 6, 2007 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  7. Maria Soledad Cervantes, Mexico City, Mexico

    Hillary Clinton pretends to ignore the fact that ethanol will have to be retrieved mainly from wheat crops, therefore the price of bread, a vital staple in developing countries will send prices out of control, as has been already proved by the first attempts to make ethanol from wheat. The US is first among the Western nations in having provoked peak oil. Now they will be to blame for provoking peak food, increasing starvation.
    But Hillary will promise anything to get to power. She has demonstrated the will to do so.

    November 6, 2007 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. Chris, Portland OR

    That's it increase our production of Corn based ethanol... Doesn't anyone realize that ethanol based off corn is ruining our ability to provide food for the impoverished. It is driving up the price of many of our consumable foods that have any direct or indirect relationship with corn. Beef and Chicken is sky rocketting. Farmers are growing corn instead of letting their fields sit cycles to regain nutrients. We are depleting our soils for ethanol. It is not the answer.

    We need to reduce our dependance on fossil fuels yes, but this is not the answer. Nuclear Power is 9x as efficient and less cost. There has been more damage to the environment caused by many other fuel sources than by nuclear power. We need to convert to it now, especially since it takes 10-20years to get through.

    November 6, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. Karen,ny

    Gerrold.. that comment was so funny, I loved it.

    November 6, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. JFK is alive

    She was against it and now she is for it because the elections is around the corner. The best flip flopper in this generation.

    For all who support her. Check her records in the senate on this issue for the last six years. It is all opposite to what she is preaching now.

    I wish the American people can realise who she really is. She will say and do anything to win. Jepers.

    CNN shame on you for reporting this story. It is very bias. You don't mention that in the past six years she has voted against ethanol or biofuels more than half a dozen times. Shame on CNN.

    November 6, 2007 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  11. JFK

    She was against it and now she is for it because the elections is around the corner. The best flip flopper in this generation.

    For all who support her. Check her records in the senate on this issue for the last six years. It is all opposite to what she is preaching now.

    I wish the American people can realise who she really is. She will say and do anything to win. Jepers.

    CNN shame on you for reporting this story. It is very bias. You don't mention that in the past six years she has voted against ethanol or biofuels more than half a dozen times. Shame on CNN.

    November 6, 2007 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. Adam, Plano, TX

    thats funny, Obama has said the same things in the past.

    November 6, 2007 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  13. Rex, Houghton, Michigan

    Scientific studies have found that biofuels burn dirtier than other fuels. Also, ethanol is more costly to produce then gas. More filth and higher cost is not a really good solution. Electric cars are coming along great. Check out the new electric sports car "Tesla".

    November 6, 2007 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  14. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    It takes more energy to produce a gallon of biofuel than you get from that gallon–it's a net energy loss!

    Further, "dramatically increase biofuels production" will put a lot of pressure on the demand for the sources–like corn–of biofuels, thereby raising the prices. Of course, Hilary doesn't much care about that–the higher the base price, the greater the tax collected and Hilary is very much a believer in "All your money are belong to us!"

    But, politician that she is, reality is irrelevant to The Hil, and biofuels play well in Iowa.

    November 6, 2007 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. J

    The only reason ethanol is thought of so highly is because Iowa is a hot primary state. It is not worth it. The money should be put into scientific research for alternative fuels. Anyone who knows anything about the process and the science knows it will not help in the long run. It is the reason food prices are increasing. It increases cost and does not help the environment in the end (after processes and such).

    November 6, 2007 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  16. Mike, NY

    Will you allow states to legalize the growing of hemp, which is far more efficient in creating ethanol fuel than corn? And what about sugarcane, which Brazil is utilizing wonderfully?

    Clinton saying she would work to boost corn-based ethanol is further proof to me that she doesn't know (and perhaps doesn't care) about the issues; she just wants to sound good.

    November 6, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  17. colony14 author, Mt Prospect, Illinois

    Perhaps if we'd start drilling for more oil in Alaska and off the coasts of Texas, California, and Florida we wouldn't have to buy so much foreign oil. I have nothing against alternative sources of energy, but they're a LONG way off. If every acre of crop land were used for corn to produce ethanol we still wouldn't have enough to run our automobiles and our industry, and we certainly have nowhere near enough water to produce the ethanol. Then they're that small problem of what our livestock will eat if all the corn is used for ethanol.

    Instead of tax incentives to focus on one or two possible energy sources, how about eliminating the capital gains tax to stimulate invest in EVERYTHING. Government isn't going to solve these problems, we need an unfettered market to encourage geniuses to use their brains. Regrettably, that solution doesn't fit in with the collectivits views of Hillary or Gore.

    November 6, 2007 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  18. Lynn Ensley McCaysville Ga.

    Pull hard on alternate fuels miss Hillary. Had we stuck with Jimmy Carters plan we would not be lynched by Bush's big oil buddies today. That alt. fuel plan will put our farmers to work and our country back in the freedom light again.

    November 6, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  19. shame in new orleans

    DOES SHE REALLY CARE? NOOOOOOOOOOOO

    November 6, 2007 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. John Syracuse NY

    Sure lets throw more tax breaks and gov't money to corn farmers to not grow food. the price of beef is high? it is because th cost of corn is up? Corn prices index to just about everything in the market place. I wish I could get paid to no do anything... oh wait, Hillary won't give me anything because I work fr a living, she will just take my money and give it to every free loader and non producer in the county. No wonder all the illegal aliens in NY are going to be voting for her after they get their licenses.

    November 6, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  21. C. K. Justus SC

    Why does anyone expect Clinton to hit a home run every time she is in a debate? She has done better than all the others in the debates.
    Edwards has done good and I like him a lot but he does not hit a homerun every time either.
    Obama is in the same, they are all great candidates and I would support any of them over anything the republicans can come up with.
    All three have laid out a good vision to take this country and I believe they will do as much as possible to do the things they say they will do, but they also have to work with a congress that has its own agenda and they may not be the same.

    November 6, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  22. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    Hillary's 15 minutes are long over!!! Her Nazi tactics to rule healthcare and demilitarize the White House during Bill's sojourn will forever remain entrenched in America's mindset. Your supporters want anyone who will lead at this point but will abandon you come vote harvest.

    November 6, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  23. Ty Web - Bushwick, NE

    Here is the problem with this plan. Corn based ethanol is not really the answer. You get less gas mileage, you still need to burn Diesel Fuel to harvest the corn and process the corn. In addition, Corn is hard on soil. Farmers will also plant more corn than other vegetables, thus causing the price on the other vegetables to rise.

    It is a nice idea, but flawed.

    November 6, 2007 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  24. Dayton Funk Saskatchewan, Canada

    Hillary,I certainly hope it rains so you have the opportunity to grow all the grain for your ethanol and biofuel. Maybe you should look at an alternative plan as well perhaps wind and solar energy. With global warming that may be all you have left and save the food to feed the poor!!!

    November 6, 2007 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  25. Coach Haughton NH

    Why did she vote against ethanol and biofuel production in the senate?

    More clinton waffling.

    November 6, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
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