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June 30, 2016

Clinton And Sanders In Proxy War Over DNC Energy Platform

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Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) may be wrapping up his primary challenge of Hillary Clinton, but the candidates’ surrogates are still battling over the Democratic Party’s energy policy.

On Wednesday, Clinton platform committee pick Carol Browner published a scathing op-ed in Politico Magazine in response to McKibben’s own op-ed bashing Browner.

Browner called McKibben’s accusations – that the Clinton campaign is obstructing more liberal views on the party platform – “so disappointing”:

Which is why it was so disappointing to see other members of our committee accusing the Clinton campaign of obstructionism—and claiming we did not approach the climate crisis as seriously as we should. In both cases, nothing could be further from the truth.

Browner goes on to pick apart two of McKibben’s signature policy proposals – a complete ban on fracking and a carbon tax:

[California has] decided to regulate fracking, rather than ban it outright. They put a price on carbon, but through a cap-and-trade program, not a carbon tax. Even Sanders’ home state of Vermont does not have a carbon tax. In short, we have more than two tools at hand.

Both proposals failed at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) platform committee after McKibben raised them:

Still, Browner is no moderate on energy issues. Though she cannot match McKibben’s extremism blow for blow, Browner opposed the Keystone XL pipeline for years. She also worked for a socialist organization just before being named President Obama’s climate “czar” in 2009.

Regardless, McKibben and Browner appear to have dug their heels in the sand. Keep up with Core News to see whether or not these battles on the Environmentalist Left succeed in tearing the Democratic Party in two.