The Presumptive


I’m reading through a PDF from hillaryclinton.com and the topic is climate change. She has a plan, yes.

Her plan from her website:

1) The United States will have more than half a billion solar panels installed across the country by the end of Hillary Clinton’s first term.
2)The United States will generate enough clean renewable energy to power every home in America within ten years of Hillary Clinton taking office.
And, it goes on to say:

By achieving these goals we will:
• Prevent thousands of premature deaths and tens of thousands of asthma attacks each year, meet our national and international climate targets, and move our economy along a path towards deep decarbonization by 2050.

This paragraph is the last of three discussing achieving her goals. The others are ok. This one is a kitchen sink. I’m curious. Who wrote this?

And what is deep decarbonization? I asked Google and feel a little happy to report it’s not yet “defined by Google”. The third and fourth results offer definitions of “deep” from dictionary.reference.com and merriam-webster.com.

Instead, I clicked on: Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project.This is what they write about themselves:


‘The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) is a global collaboration of  energy research teams charting practical pathways to deeply reducing greenhouse gas emissions in their own countries. It is predicated on taking seriously what is needed to limit global warming to 2°C or less.’

Okay. Some good keywords. When a candidate offers up a term that seems obscure, I wonder what goes on. I think I’d rather wonder than know so I can roam the fields of pretty conjecture.

DDPP is a SuperPac and supports guess who.

DDPP is a consultant to the Clinton campaign on CO2 reduction processes.

DDPP is a SuperPac and a consultant to guess who.

Future Tense (a division of Slate) wrote about the democratic debate in October:

‘About midway through the debate, Clinton staked her climate record on what’s widely perceived to have been one of the biggest diplomatic failures in recent history—the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009. The toothless deal struck at the last minute was called a “grudging accord” by the New York Times the next day.

So it was pretty strange to hear her comments on Tuesday night. In her first answer on climate change, Clinton said, “I have been on the forefront of dealing with climate change starting in 2009 when President Obama and I crashed a meeting with the Chinese and got them to sign up to the first international agreement to combat climate change that they’d ever joined.”’

I think they may have done that, but not actually personally.

“I won’t let anyone take us backward, deny our economy the benefits of harnessing a clean energy future, or force our children to endure the catastrophe that would result from unchecked climate change.”

November 29, 2015

I’m with you there.