Clinton Says Her Concern About the Environment Dates Back to Chelsea's School Days

Susan Jones | October 12, 2016 | 8:47am EDT
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Hillary Clinton, then first lady of Arkansas, was the first woman to sit on the Walmart Board of Directors. She served from 1986 to 1992.

( - Democrat Hillary Clinton, a believer in human-caused climate change, says she became aware of environmental concerns when her young daughter "came home from school," where "they'd been talking about the environment."

At the time, Clinton was first lady of Arkansas, serving on the Walmart Board of Directors at the invitation of Sam Walton.

Here's what she told a group in Montreal in March 2014, according to speech excerpts released by WikiLeaks:


Clinton served as a Walmart director for six years (1986 -1992), while her husband was governor.

Speaking in Miami on Tuesday, Clinton -- teamed up with climate change activist Al Gore -- said climate change "is one of the most important issues at stake in this election."

According to her campaign website, Clinton will "tackle" climate change, beginning on day one if she is elected president, by "making America the world’s clean energy superpower and creating millions of good-paying jobs, taking bold steps to slash carbon pollution at home and around the world, and ensuring no Americans are left out or left behind as we rapidly build a clean energy economy."

She lists "bold, national goals" to be achieving within ten years, including:

-- Generate enough renewable energy to power every home in America, with half a billion solar panels installed by the end of Hillary’s first term.

-- Cut energy waste in American homes, schools, hospitals and offices by a third and make American manufacturing the cleanest and most efficient in the world.

-- Reduce American oil consumption by a third through cleaner fuels and more efficient cars, boilers, ships, and trucks.

She also plans to reduce methane emissions; "ensure safe and responsible energy production"; "make environmental justice and climate justice central priorities"; and cut billions of dillars in "wasteful tax subsidies" given to oil and gas companies.


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