2016 Major United States Presidential Candidates Positions on Global Climate Change

One of The Most Existential Issues of Our Time


 Alphabetical By Last Name

Hillary Clinton

By United States Department of State (Official Photo at Department of State page) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By United States Department of State (Official Photo at Department of State page) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

See Clinton’s Most  Recent Broad Outline for Climate Change at this link.

A quick summary of it below:

“You don’t have to be a scientist to take on this urgent challenge that threatens us all. You just have to be willing to act.”

Climate change is an urgent threat and a defining challenge of our time. It threatens our economy, our national security, and our children’s health and futures. We can tackle it by making America the world’s clean energy superpower and creating millions of good-paying jobs, taking bold steps to slash carbon pollution at home and around the world, and ensuring no Americans are left out or left behind as we rapidly build a clean energy economy.

In the coming months, Hillary will lay out a comprehensive energy and climate agenda to help America transition to a clean energy economy and meet the global climate crisis.

Goal: Have more than half a billion solar panels installed across the country by the end of Hillary’s first term.

Goal: Generate enough renewable energy to power every home in America within 10 years of Hillary taking office.

Through these goals, we will increase the amount of installed solar capacity by 700% by 2020, expand renewable energy to at least a third of all electricity generation, prevent thousands of premature deaths and tens of thousands of asthma attacks each year, and put our country on a path to achieve deep emission reductions by 2050.

The clean energy challenge

These goals are a critical next step toward making America a clean energy superpower and combating climate change. That is why Hillary will make it a top priority to fight efforts to roll back crucial tools in our national strategy to reduce carbon pollution, increase deployment of renewable energy, and build a clean energy future.

But federal standards should set the floor, not the ceiling. Hillary will also launch a Clean Energy Challenge that will form new partnerships with states, cities, and rural communities that are ready to lead.

“We’re on the cusp of a new era. We can have more choice in the energy we consume and produce. We can create a more open, efficient, and resilient grid that connects us, empowers us, improves our health, and benefits us all.”

Reference for all in quotes above is her website

Donald Trump

: By Michael Vadon [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

: By Michael Vadon [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

His website (no climate change discussion)

His energy discussion essentially covers his orientation on Climate Change and it is all for Greater dependence on fossil fuels. See it here:

See an excellent comparison of Trump/Clinton views on Climate Change by the League of Conservation Voters at this link.

Other References below on his position:

“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

November 2012/Reference for above — A tweet by Donald Trump


Donald Trump On Climate Change: “I Believe It Goes Up And It Goes Down. “So I am not a believer, and I will, unless somebody can prove something to me, I believe there’s weather.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has rendered his opinion on climate change, and it is characteristically off-kilter. 

“Unless somebody can prove something to me, I believe there’s weather. I believe there’s change,” Trump told radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt on Monday.

In a confusing exchange with Hewitt, Trump rattled off several non sequiturs on global temperatures. Trump says that “people in the 1920s thought the Earth was cooling, now it’s global warming,” implying that all subsequent climate science is nonsense.

As David Roberts at Vox points out, scientists never actually believed that the Earth was cooling. Trump appears to be repeating talking points from climate change deniers, who often rely on a 1970s article in Newsweek for their research on “global cooling.” The author of that article has made it clear that the Earth is, in fact, warming and that climate deniers should stop using his article as evidence that it’s not.

In the Hewitt interview, Trump goes on to complain about the government attempting to solve a problem that he doesn’t think “in any major fashion exists.” And he keeps talking:

And actually, we’ve had times where the weather wasn’t working out, so they changed it to extreme weather, and they have all different names, you know, so that it fits the bill. But the problem we have, and if you look at our energy costs, and all of the things that we’re doing to solve a problem that I don’t think in any major fashion exists. I mean, Obama thinks it’s the number one problem of the world today. And I think it’s very low on the list. So I am not a believer, and I will, unless somebody can prove something to me, I believe there’s weather. I believe there’s change, and I believe it goes up and it goes down, and it goes up again. And it changes depending on years and centuries, but I am not a believer, and we have much bigger problems.

This is not the first time Trump has denied climate change; he has also attempted to use cold weather to disprove climate change in the past, and argued that global warming was “created by and for the Chinese”: 

September 2015/Reference for above