October 13, 2016—Ann Carlson, Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law and faculty co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, was quoted in an article for the Desert Sun that compared the strategies that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had for addressing environmental issues.
Carlson says, “On the transportation side, he could do a lot of damage,” in response to Trump possibly limiting clean energy development and opening more areas for oil and gas drilling. However, Hillary Clinton has very different approaches towards environmental issues. Carlson states, “She is working with trends that are already occurring in the electricity sector, and that helps. And the price of solar panels has dropped dramatically.”
“So she can do some of this. But one of the really hard things to do is get us on a pathway to 80 percent reductions by 2050, as opposed to more moderate reductions over the next 10 or 15 years,” says Carlson.