Clinton Announces Plans for Coal Communities

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to a question at town hall meeting at White Mountain Community College, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Berlin, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to a question at town hall meeting at White Mountain Community College, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Berlin, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

On Thursday, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign unveiled plans to assist communities whose economies rely on coal as the infrastructure shifts to renewable energy. In her plan, Clinton calls for $30 billion in funding for communities who are suffering from the decrease in coal consumption. Clinton’s plan is detailed on The Briefing, but an outline of the plan is below.

  • Honoring our Commitments
    • Ensure health and retirement security
    • Reform the black lung benefit program
    • Safeguard funding for local schools
  • Investing for the Future
    • Build a 21st century infrastructure
    • Repurpose mine lands and power plan sites
    • Expand broadband access
    • Expand clean energy on federal lands and for existing dams
    • Increase public investment in research and development
    • Attract private investment through an improved New Markets Tax Credit and zero capital gains taxes
  • Locally Driven Economic Development
    • Entrepreneurship and small business development
    • Education and training
    • Heath and wellness
    • Arts and culture
    • Housing

Overall, Clinton’s plan for coal communities is just one part of her comprehensive energy and climate platform. The other areas of the plan include:

  1. Expanding and investing in Clean Energy
  2. Modernizing North American Infrastructure
  3. Ensure the safe and responsible production of fossil fuels
  4. Energy and climate security
  5. Collaborative Stewardship

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News Source: The Briefing, Time

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