A major environmental group, the NRDC Action Fund, endorsed Hillary Clinton on Tuesday in a statement. The statement said that the endorsement reflects a need for left-leaning groups to unite against Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee.
The Washington Post reports:
‘“Hillary Clinton is an environmental champion with the passion, experience and savvy to build on President Obama’s environmental legacy,” Rhea Suh, president of the NRDC Action Fund, said in a statement. “More than any other candidate running, Hillary Clinton understands the environmental challenges America faces, and her approach to solving them is grounded in the possibility and promise our democracy affords us.”’
“Donald Trump, on the other hand, has recently outlined a disastrous and frankly nonsensical environmental agenda — suggesting that he would tear up the Paris Climate Agreement, and that there is no drought in California,” Suh also said in the statement. “His plan for his first 100 days would take us back 100 years, and America cannot afford to indulge his climate conspiracy theories.”
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton said she is “honored” to have received the group’s endorsement in a statement on Tuesday.
‘The stakes for our children’s health and the future of our planet have never been higher. We need to be accelerating the transition to a clean energy future, not letting a climate denier doom our children to a future beyond their capacity to repair.’
“Hillary Clinton is all that stands between us and Donald Trump’s radical proposals to reverse decades of environmental progress,” NRDC Action Fund Board Chair Patricia Bauman said in a statement, according to the Post. “We’re making this historic endorsement because it’s critical for all of us to unite behind an environmental champion and help her beat Donald Trump.”
The NRDC Action Fund’s move to endorse Clinton comes at a critical time for her as she seeks to dispatch Sanders and pivot to a general election fight against Trump. Clinton may also be facing a tougher-than-expected challenge from Sanders in California. Her campaign announced Monday that she would spend more time than originally planned campaigning in the state this week.
This endorsement also follows an incident led by four animal rights activists at a Bernie Sanders rally in Oakland in which they rushed the stage Monday evening, prompting the Secret Service to surround the Democratic candidate. The underreported part of that story is that up to 60,000 people attended the Sanders’ rally, with most being turned away due to the venue not being able to hold so many supporters.
Sanders opposes the Keystone Pipeline, which is a great concern to environmentalists. In contrast, Clinton once held a sort of wishy washy view on the Pipeline, then shifted her position on the issue last year. That said, she’s also changed her views on fracking. Sanders gave a clear answer when asked about fracking practices during one of the Democratic debates. “No, I do not support fracking,” he said.
In 2012, when Clinton served as Secretary of State, she argued in favor of gas as “the cleanest fossil fuel available for power generation today,” and added that “if developed, shale gas could make an important contribution to our region’s energy supply, just as it does now for the United States.”
Her office also promoted fracking practices in developing nations.
Meanwhile, there are 475 delegates up for grabs in California. The primary is June 7th, so stock up on popcorn.