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Hillary Clinton's Climate Change Plan: Stand for Reality

On Sunday night, Hillary Clinton dropped the first stages of her plan to combat climate change much like how Beyoncé dropped her last album — complete with an accompanying video.

"I'm just a grandmother with two eyes and a brain," Clinton said in her announcement. "But I know climate change is going to have a big effect on my daughter, and especially my granddaughter."

Clinton's plan, which is still in its early stages of development, involves implementing two major changes beginning with her first day in the Oval Office:

Target of half a billion solar panels installed around the country by the end of her first term (in non-election speak, the year 2020).
Set a 10-year goal of creating enough renewable energy to power every single home in America (2026).

Renewable energy is about more than just climate change to Clinton — it's a source of job creation and a major investment in our economy. She approaches it as a way to improve quality of life for people with health issues (like asthma, which can be triggered by environmental factors) and as a way to reduce premature mortality rates. Clinton's plan relies on a united initiative in the form of The Clean Energy Challenge.

A challenge, you say? Yup! The Clean Energy Challenge comprises a series of competitions that involves giving states competitive grants and incentives for projects involving clean energy. If you're not a scientist, economist, or state legislator, you can still help your community win a "Solar X-Prize", an award granted to communities who manage to install rooftop solar panels in the majority of their local businesses and homes.

The importance of rural communities can't be overstated when it comes to energy production, and Clinton is planning to focus on building leadership in rural communities to expand the Rural Utilities Service, which is a program that provides infrastructure to rural areas of the United States.

The video also makes a dig at Republican candidates, most of whom don't buy into climate change. "They'd rather say they're not scientists than listen to those who are," she says in the video. "You don't have to be a scientist to take on this urgent challenge that threatens us all. You just have to be willing to act."

Learn more about Hillary Clinton by watching one of her MAKERS videos above.

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