Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that her plan to improve energy efficiency on our electric grid is a key part of her overall energy policy.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, the former first lady said she wants to get Americans off of coal, but not just power plants, because it can be a costly and dangerous way to run the electric grid.
“It’s not just about how much we burn, it’s about the amount of CO2 we’re putting into the air,” Clinton said.
“And so we need to be putting a lot more effort into making sure we’re reducing that amount.”
She also said that she believes it’s important for utilities to invest in the infrastructure of their customers, something she has pushed for since leaving the White House.
“The best way to make electric grids work is to get electric consumers to invest,” she said.
The president has been in office for nearly two years and has been pushing for more aggressive efficiency measures on the part of utilities.
But Clinton said she believes the administration has not yet taken the necessary steps.
“I do think the White Houses administration has made progress,” she added.
“But we’re still in the early days of this.
We haven’t taken any meaningful steps yet.
And we don’t have a lot of leverage.”
Trump has said he wants to keep coal-fired power plants in the United States and has proposed a massive tax on carbon emissions.
Clinton said the former president should also make sure that coal- and nuclear-fired plants are not shut down in the future.