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Hillary Clinton Breaks ‘Carbon Neutral’ Promise

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Steve Birr Vice Reporter
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton may be concerned about global warming, but her campaign isn’t living up to its promise to be “carbon neutral.”

The Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) latest filing report does not show any record of Clinton paying for carbon offsets, reports CNN. In July, conservative group America Rising released a video of Clinton flying out of Des Moines on a private jet, prompting an aid to respond to the criticisms of hypocrisy.

“This campaign will be carbon neutral,” said the aid. “We’ll be offsetting the carbon footprint of the campaign and that includes travel.”

In 2008, Clinton made the same promise, but records show the campaign paid for offsets from Native Energy in its FEC filings. There are no references to Native Energy or other popular carbon offset companies such as 3Degrees or Direct Energy in the October report, according to CNN.

Clinton has made clean energy a priority in her presidential campaign, saying, “I personally believe climate change is a challenge of such magnitude and urgency that we need a president who will set ambitious goals.” She also urged Americans across the country to try and cut their energy consumption, leading some to accuse Clinton of hypocrisy for using private jets that guzzle hundreds of gallons of fuel every hour.

By 2027, Clinton’s plan promises enough renewable energy to power every home, as well as having 500 million solar panels installed across the country. Clinton, who has called Republican positions on climate change “pretty disgraceful,” has yet to respond to questions concerning her campaign’s commitment to being carbon neutral.

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