Democratic Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, back in September said if she were to become president, she would deploy half a billion more solar panels as part of her job creation plan. Although she embraced climate change as the crux of her job-creation plan, the same is not true for President-elect Donald Trump.
“Some country is going to be the clean-energy superpower of the 21st century,” she said at the first presidential debate on Monday, September 26. “Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it’s real.”
Clinton at that time went on to reiterate the looming threat of climate change and proposed her plan to take it head on and deal with it home and abroad.
“Here’s what we can do: We can deploy a half a billion more solar panels,” she said. “We can have enough clean energy to power every home. We can build a new modern electric grid. That’s a lot of jobs; that’s a lot of new economic activity.”
Trump, in his response, pointed out the failed investments in solar of the past. “She talks about solar panels. We invested in a solar company, our country. That was a disaster. They lost plenty of money on that one,” he said, referring to Solyndra, the solar panel firm touted by President Obama which received $535 million from taxpayers in 2009, two years before filing for bankruptcy and laying off 11,000 employees.
Still, Clinton stood behind her stance on solar and small business.
“I want us to invest in you. I want us to invest in your future,” Clinton said. “That means jobs in infrastructure, in advanced manufacturing, innovation and technology, clean, renewable energy, and small business, because most of the new jobs will come from small business.”
With President-elect Trump set to take the reins in January, it remains unclear whether solar power will end up playing a part in his efforts to create jobs and stimulate the company. If it is not a focus for the president-elect, the private sector will have to step up and keep the current green energy momentum going as best as it can for the sake of our future generations and Mother Earth.