PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – New York Senator Hillary Clinton said today that as part of her plan to address global warming she would create a “green building fund” that would provide money to make public buildings more energy efficient.
In establishing such a fund, Clinton said she would allocate $1 billion annually for grants and low-interest loans for public buildings such as schools or police stations to become more energy efficient. She believes the fund would create 50,000 new jobs.
“We know we can create millions of jobs if we are smart about we go about addressing the environment and global warming,” Clinton said.
Clinton made those remarks at a forum dedicated to global warming sponsored by the Seacoast Media Group, owner of the Portsmouth Herald.
Due to votes in the US Senate earlier in the day, the forum was the only event she attended in New Hampshire.
Earlier in the year, the newspaper company hosted Illinois Senator Barack Obama, who addressed health care in the same location.
In addition to the green building fund, Clinton also talked about taxing oil companies for drilling on public lands.
“I can hear people on cable TV right now saying I am going after oil companies,” Clinton said. “Well I am going after the oil companies.”
A University of New Hampshire poll last week showed Clinton the front-runner in New Hampshire, leading Obama, her nearest opponent, 33 percent to 25 percent.