Here’s Where Clinton Talked Environment in Her Nomination Acceptance Speech


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Hillary Clinton, in a nearly hour-long speech accepting the Democratic nomination for president, wove several environmental issues into a broader theme of her participation in public service and efforts to help people.


Clinton, the first woman to be nominated for president by a major U.S. political party, highlighted why environmental pollution that affects an individual community matters, why climate action is necessary and why climate action is feasible and good for the economy.


Here’s what Clinton said about:


  • Flint, Mich., the city of 100,000 that was exposed to lead contaminated drinking water after its water source was switched without appropriate treatment methods in place.
    “It's true... I sweat the details of policy--whether we're talking about the exact level of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Mich., the number of mental-health facilities in Iowa, or the cost of your prescription drugs. Because it's not just a detail if it's your kid--if it's your family. It's a big deal. And it should be a big deal to your president.”


  • Climate change, an issue Democrats cited all week as a reason that Clinton is the only choice for president, given Donald Trump’s past comments describing climate change as “a hoax.”
    “I believe in science. I believe that climate change is real and that we can save our planet while creating millions of good-paying clean energy jobs.”


  • Clean energy jobs, which Democrats highlighted in their 2016 platform as a way that climate action benefits both the environment and the economy.
    “In my first 100 days, we will work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II.  Jobs in manufacturing, clean energy, technology and innovation, small business, and infrastructure.”