Hillary Clinton has hugged the Environmentalist Left time and time again in 2016: she pledged to put coal miners “out of business” in March, and her party embraced an extreme energy agenda in its latest platform.
Environmentalists are reportedly happy with the DNC’s embrace of no-compromise positions on energy, but they plan to push Clinton even more to the left if she wins.
NBC News has more:
The platform calls for steps such as getting 50 percent of American energy from renewable energy sources within the next decade, “using every tool” to reduce emissions, an opposition to drilling in the Arctic and a promise that the same test used to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline will be used for other projects. However, wish-list items such as a ban on fracking and a carbon tax, did not end up in the platform — which former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders and his surrogates, including Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica, fought for.
You read that right: the Environmentalist Left thinks Clinton and the DNC have not gone far enough on pet issues.
Of course, this has been the Bill McKibben position for quite some time. After McKibben failed to pass radical amendments to the platform in June, he pledged to keep promoting an agendathat Democrats like Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) will not embrace.
It appears the Environmentalist Left has successfully tapped into a deep division in the Democratic Party, and they plan to exploit those divisions to advance a radical agenda.