Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., delivers remarks at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund annual public affairs conference in Washington Tuesday, July 17, 2007.
PORTSMOUTH — In the second of a series of presidential candidate forums, Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York will talk about her energy independence and global climate change proposal at Seacoast Media Group on Tuesday, July 24. The event is tentatively scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
The Democratic presidential hopeful will take questions about energy independence and global climate change from Seacoast residents. In April, Seacoast Media Group, the parent company of the Portsmouth Herald, hosted a forum on health care reform for Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.
Clinton has proposed what amounts to an Apollo Project-type approach — which led to the modern space program and the landing of a man on the moon — to achieving energy independence and confronting global climate change with market-based and government action to cut carbon emissions and pollutants contributing to global warming.
Neera Panden, Clinton's national policy director, told the Herald the candidate's environmental and energy policies are based on one question: "What kind of planet are we leaving to our children?"
Clinton, elected to a second term to the U.S. Senate last year, has introduced in Congress her centerpiece proposal — a $50 billion Strategic Energy Fund for research, development and deployment of renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean coal technology, ethanol and other homegrown biofuels, and other innovations.
"We all recognize the problems," Panden said. "She (Clinton) believes these are incredible challenges that can also be opportunities for the country." In particular, Panden said these "very significant investments" could create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in alternative energy industries. The Strategic Energy Fund will be financed, Panden explained, not through additional federal government revenues, but through eliminating current oil company tax breaks and imposing a fee on part of the profits of energy companies — no fee is paid if these companies reinvest extra profits into renewable energy development.
Tuesday's forum will be part of Clinton's 11th campaign visit of 2007 and is scheduled to take place the night after a Democratic candidate debate in South Carolina. Clinton, who is the Democratic frontrunner in early primary polling, has made Seacoast region campaign stops in Dover, Exeter, Hampton, Portsmouth and Rochester.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 24, tentatively at 3 p.m.
WHERE: Seacoast Media Group, 111 New Hampshire Ave., Portsmouth
ADMISSION DETAILS: If you are interested in being placed on the guest list for Seacoast Media Group's forum on energy and the environment with Sen. Hillary Clinton, please e-mail Executive Editor Howard Altschiller at email@example.com by 2 p.m. on Friday. The exact number of guests for the event has not yet been determined, but capacity is limited. No phone calls, please.
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