November 7th, 2007
08:55 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton talks Green: Economy and Earth

Clinton and Villa promote Green living on Wednesday.

PETERBOROUGH, New Hampshire (CNN) – Even though she had all but lost her
voice, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton managed to advance her "Go Green" campaign platform.

Speaking to a crowded room of voters with TV home improvement guru Bob Villa by her side, the second-term Senator from New York declared that the nation urgently needs to decrease its energy dependence and create new environmentally friendly sources of energy.

"We are more dependent on foreign oil today than we were on 9-11," she said. "I think it's time for the Bush administration to pay attention to the costs that are being imposed on Americans every single day because of these high gas prices."

Clinton's message struck a chord in a week that has seen record highs in the global oil market and higher gasoline prices at the pump.

"Not only are we doing nothing to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but the President and the Vice President are using very belligerent language, talking about World War Three which has clearly sent a signal in the opposite direction," Clinton said.

Clinton said exploiting alternative energy sources and making more efficient use of existing fuels would help the Earth as well as the economy by creating five million "green collar jobs" in a decade.

"Those are jobs that can't be outsourced," said Clinton. "Those are good jobs."

–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • New Hampshire
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Vicky,baltimore,md

    Looks like reality is sinking in, ama aje maadam senator?

    November 7, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  2. Amy, New York, NY

    Joe Biden has a btter plan for helping to save our planet. Give him a look.

    November 7, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  3. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The only green this woman cares about is the ink on currency. Don't be fooled by her.

    November 7, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. Amoun New York NY

    or is swiftboating what cnn moderators do to posts, because the iranian democrats are paying them off ?

    November 7, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  5. Plilirary Houston TX

    CNN should outsource their duties.

    November 7, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  6. Hagos Cleveland OH

    CNN has already outsourced their duties. Haven't you noticed Iran is paying them under the table, to only post what Iran wants them to post ?

    November 7, 2007 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  7. deroy, WPB, FL

    what's her plan?

    when CNN interviewed she touted hre energy plan but never disclosed it.

    it must be a secret and bill will tell her what it is.

    November 8, 2007 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  8. sandy

    I agree! Reliance on oil is the primary source of Mid-east conflict, obviously. And the obvious answer is developing our own fuels.

    I can't help but imagine how far along we'd be in developing clean energy sources if the money we're pumping into war in Iran were devoted instead into bio-fuels and other sources of environmentally clean energy sources.

    When, oh when, will America wake up to the fact that we have the technology and ability to become self-reliant on our own energy? We only have to DEMAND IT. When we, as Americans, use our voice, it will happen. Silence is acceptance. Clean fuels are here, right now. We only have to state our sincere desire to see them developed, to put our money and votes toward that end, for it to become a reality.

    November 8, 2007 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  9. BK, Alexandria, VA

    hey stupid, Bush isn't running in 08. We all know your ploy. How about addresses the issues and stop the polarization act. "CLINTON FATIQUE" should be termed a medical condition, perhaps it will since it is bound to be widespread.

    November 8, 2007 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  10. Karen,ny

    Oh they are all just saying that now to get elected they never cared about that before. As soon as anyone of them get in it will just be politics as usual.

    November 8, 2007 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  11. Ike. Woodbridge, VA 22193.

    Go Hillary, we are behind you all the way. Haters and rightwing Republicans will always try to stop you, but it wont happen, not this time. This is your time, your destiny and our dream. Stay strong and never relent because victory is around the corner. Go HILLARY, GO ALL THE WAY.

    November 8, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  12. JF, Seattle, WA

    "Those are jobs that can't be outsourced."

    Hey, enough with the labels. I know your polling tells you this word "sticks", but tell the truth...we're beneficiaries of "outsourcing" as well: "outsourcing" is not necessarily bad. This is a global economy. As unfair as it may seem, outsourcing is negotiated in trade agreements with other countries (ie Boeing outsources subassemblies for their passenger aircraft). Very important to obtain orders from foreign Govt owned airlines. Tell tell the truth for once! Be HONEST with the American people. Contrary to what you want to portray, the sky is not falling.

    November 8, 2007 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  13. spinstopper

    Let's review demwit..

    Clinton blames Bush for high gas prices and complains about high energy costs.
    "I think it's time for the Bush administration to pay attention to the costs that are being imposed on Americans every single day because of these high gas prices."

    But then makes proposals that would surely increase American's taxes inorder to produce even more expensive energy.
    "exploiting alternative energy sources and making more efficient use of existing fuels"

    But don't miss the kicker, it’s a cold and calculated one, not to mention expensive and bad for our current economy..
    "creating five million "green collar jobs" in a decade."

    ding ding.., there’s that progressive agenda. America be damed..

    November 8, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. Steve in SC

    "We are more dependent on foreign oil today than we were on 9-11," Funny statement from a member of a congress that opposes new refineries, new nuclear plants, and new opportunities for drilling our own natural gas and oil reserves.

    November 8, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. Billary, NY

    Green jobs can't be outsourced? She wishes...

    November 8, 2007 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Those that are skeptical of global warming or don't think that we should do anything because of great economic loss have no imagination. There should hope that the imagination of the American people could find a way to make money off people trying to clean up the pollution. President Bush was way off base when he said that the Kyoto Accords would hurt the U.S. economy. If there was a little support for the basic research for new sources of electrical generation, then this wouldn't be a problem. Wind can serve in areas that have constant wind; solar will power the days and possible the nights when that electricty can be stored (in capacitors or hydrogen power cells); using human and animal wastes for burning methane. These ideas are not new and don't even tap ways to make the current power sources cleaner.

    All candidates can do this. They should all advocate more power generated here at home.

    November 8, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. theinvestor

    Outsourcing is no longer in vogue, it's not as cheap as we thought, especially with the falling dollar. No, now a days, we bring in high quality talent using H1B1 work permits. You see, our education system is a failure and we just aren’t producing doctors and scientists anymore.

    Thanks for supporting that increase in H1B1's Hillary. Business is GREAT!!

    November 8, 2007 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Tom Dedham, Mass

    She knows all about outsourced jobs, five letters, NAFTA, signed by her husband and part of her "experience".

    NAFTA killed a lot of IT jobs, so my anger is justified as many of my friends and colleagues lost good paying jobs because of NAFTA.

    Can CNN do a "story" on how green her many houses are, remember Gore wasn't so green until very recently in regards to solar panels etc, etc.

    I am willing to bet my next paycheck that they don't even recycle newspapers, plastics, cans or even use those new energy efficient bulbs.

    Does she drive a hybrid or even own a bike, I do all of these things and I am a "non-believing flat earth Republican".

    Quick, hurry up and throw a recycle bin in front of one of the mansions, make Chelsea do it.

    The worlds mean temperature has gone up one HUGE degree in the last 100 or so years and the creator of the WEATHER CHANNEL came out today debunking Al Gore and his misleading lies, must have missed that on the ticker.

    I would think that this guy knows a little more about the world than "Ol' lock box" himself.

    November 8, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. Phil Chicago, Ill

    Hillary lost her voice??

    There IS a God!

    November 8, 2007 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |