Hillary Clinton Makes Thursday Leadership Move As Trump Falters

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As fires rage across the Western United States, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has taken to Twitter to urge Americans to closely consider the situation when casting their ballot this November (or in the time before Election Day). Clinton, of course, endorsed current Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden awhile back, and the implication of her message is clear: the idea is that a second Trump term represents a continuation of the current federal ambivalence towards dangerous climate change. A Biden presidency, Clinton implies, would represent a turn towards taking the crisis seriously.

Alongside a photo of fires in the vicinity of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Clinton commented:

‘None of this is normal, and confronting climate change is on the ballot this year. Vote, as early as you can, for a habitable planet.’

The Biden-Harris plan on climate change includes some ambitious promises. For instance, on the Biden campaign website, the campaign states that a Biden-Harris administration would “Ensure the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and reaches net-zero emissions no later than 2050.” That’s less than 30 years away — not even half a generation. The campaign plan notes that, if elected, they’ll push for “milestone targets” scheduled for the end of Biden’s potential first term that would help ensure that the country was on the right track. Biden also wants “a federal investment of $1.7 trillion over the next ten years” in fields like clean energy development, his campaign says, and a potential Biden administration would seek to increase the total invested to $5 trillion through partnerships with interests like local governments.

In contrast to Biden, Trump has consistently downplayed the threat of climate change. His administration has worked, for instance, to ease emissions standards for automobiles, which could sharply increase the level of greenhouse gas emissions sent up into the atmosphere. They’ve also worked to eliminate federal oversight of certain bodies of water, and more, much of which has been in the name of protecting big business.

Check out Twitter’s response to Hillary below:

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