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By Ari Natter
July 27 — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton vowed broad increases in U.S. solar and other renewable generation but declined to say where she stands on the Keystone XL pipeline in some of her most expansive energy remarks yet while on the campaign trail.
Clinton, the 2016 Democratic front runner, said if elected, the amount of solar energy installed in the U.S. would increase by 700 percent to 140 gigawatts by 2020 and that the U.S. would generate enough renewable energy to power every home in America within 10 years of her taking office.
“The next decade will be decisive for our transition to a clean energy economy and our ability to meet the global climate crisis,” Clinton said in a fact sheet unveiled July 26 that her campaign said would be part of a broader energy and climate agenda she will be rolling out “in the coming months.”
Clinton also pledged in the fact sheet to reduce the amount of oil consumed in the U.S., ensure the “safe and responsible” production of fossil fuel, defend against efforts to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency's clean power plan and fight to extend federal tax incentives for renewables.
“This is just the beginning of the energy and climate strategy that Hillary will present over the coming months,” the document said, adding that she plans on launching a “Clean Energy Challenge” that would create partnerships with states, cities and other communities and is expected to address access to solar energy and building efficiency.
Clinton, who hasn't spoken publicly about TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL pipeline since saying she was “inclined” to approve it in 2010, told reporters July 27 in Iowa that she plans to “refrain from commenting” on the issue.
“I had a leading role in getting that process started, and we have to let it run its course,” Clinton said.
The $8 billion pipeline would carry crude from Alberta oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries in Texas and has become a litmus test of sorts for addressing climate change.
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