Clinton's climate legislation advice for Obama
1. Provide longer term tax credits for clean energy, which would allow private capital to bank on longer term investments.
2. Mandate a rapid shift in lighting & appliance standards for all federal buildings.
3. Create a federal mandate to decouple all utilities so that energy efficiency measures can be financed more easily.
4. Spend more money on the electrical grid -- wind could provide 25% of the country's energy needs but there is basically no carrying capacity in areas with wind resources.
5. Build a market for electric vehicles by retiring the federal fleet and replacing them with hybrids and plug-ins.
6. Mandate a new more energy efficient building code for new federal, state and local buildings.
7. Since SBA-like loan guarantees didn't happen for building retrofits, the Fed should incentivize the states to adopt their own loan programs.
8. Create a federally backed global fund for clean energy projects in developing nations -- this will support the education of children and women, and the reduction of population growth.
9. Focus on "symbolic statements" of energy independence – Puerto Rico, Caribbean, Nevada, Native tribes could all be energy independent.
10. Spend more on implementation of climate change legislation and use the private sector to accelerate adoption.
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