November 6th, 2007
05:45 PM ET
13 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. Darko, New Orleans LA

    Nevermind that biofuels and ethanol are just as pollutive as gas & diesel...

    November 7, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Randy, High Point, NC

    Dear Misinformed Hillary,
    Ethanol is not a viable alternative to oil. It consumes far more energy, water and fertilizer in its production than it will ever be able to provide as a fuel. We need the land for food, not fuel. Find another way!

    November 7, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Denise from Nebraska

    Its TRULY disappointing to hear all the negative talk about alternative fuels. Is it the most cost effective right now? Maybe not, but developing any new industry takes time and investment. That where this country has taken a wrong turn..not looking inward to solve its own problems. Why NOT support the American farmer??? All this "doomsday talk" about running out of water, food prices going up, land being used up to produce corn for fuel consumpution....scare tactics!!! Get a thing that is hard to argue is that when the ag industry is healthy, it has a large, positive impact on the entire economy. Agriculture touches nearly every other industry in this need equipment that gets produced in factories. Farmers produce foods that feed a nation, meat eaters and vegans. Ask an ag producer what they truly want and need, its simple: a market for their product. Support the evolvement of alternative fuels in America, and you will get the ball rolling in creating an industry that will produce cleaner fuels, add thousands of new jobs, and support an industry of smaller businesses: the american farmer. nuf said.

    November 7, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Pete, Washington

    The voters in Iowa already know how many times Hillary voted AGAINST biofuels while serving in the senate. NOW, she says that we NEED biofuels. Yes folks, that was just another 'flip-flop' for 'your girl' Hillary. She will say anything and do anything to get elected.

    November 7, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. Robin, Montplier, VT

    Its TRULY disappointing to hear all the negative talk about alternative fuels. Is it the most cost effective right now? Maybe not...

    Your right, it is not cost effective. Again, Hillary needs to show the American people how she will get this done, how we can afford to do this and how it will play on the economy.

    November 8, 2007 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  6. RC, Columbia, MD

    With quotes like this, Clinton demonstrates her ignorance:

    "Henry Ford would be dumbfounded until he opened the hood. Because he would recognize the internal combustion engine underneath. It is the same basic concept that he put in to the Model T almost a century ago. In fact, that Model T got better gas mileage than your typical SUV does today," said Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner. "We can't continue this. It's time for a change."

    I'm appalled at the garbage that spews form this woman't mouth...and people actuslly support this woman. To ignore the technical progress that has been made on the internal combustion engine without any technical comprehension on his part for a sound bite is shallow. And shallow people eat this stuff up.

    November 9, 2007 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
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