Hillary Clinton Boards Private Jet After Receiving Endorsement From Environmentalist Group

November 12, 2015

American Rising PAC released a video Thursday showing Hillary Clinton boarding a private jet in Lebanon, New Hampshire for a short trip to New York one day after the Democratic presidential candidate received an endorsement from the League of Conservation Voters, a left-wing environmentalist group.

The endorsement caused backlash among some on the environmental left and from Bernie Sanders' campaign who think that he has a better track record on environmental issues.

The Learjet 60 Clinton boarded consumes 203 gallons of fuel per hour and has an hourly carbon footprint of 4,283 pounds, according to the Daily Mail.

America Rising describes how the Clinton campaign pledged to go "carbon neutral" in July 2014, but a CNN report from last month showed that this objective, which specifically included travel, was never achieved yet "is still an important goal."

Mrs. Clinton has switched her official position on multiple environmental and conservation issues over the past few years. In 2011, then-Secretary of State Clinton supported "smart, sustainable" drilling but now officially opposes doing so in the Arctic.

Regarding the Keystone XL pipeline, she originally took a neutral stance and was involved in discussions with Canada over constructing the pipeline, but now is firmly against the project altogether.

On the issue of coal, back in 2008 when Clinton was campaigning against Barack Obama, she said:

"I think we have got to take a hard look at clean coal. I have advocated carbon sequestration, I have advocated power plants looking for ways to use coal more cleanly and efficiently…. The political pressure [to use coal] will remain intense, and I think you have got to admit that coal — of which we have a great and abundant supply in America — is not going away."

While speaking to the League of Conservation Voters this week, however, she made comments to the contrary:

Jeff Bechdel, the communications director for America Rising PAC, issued the following statement on Mrs. Clinton boarding the private jet:

"Hillary Clinton’s hypocritical campaign has hit a new low. Long gone are the days of the Scooby van and her campaign bragging about cost cutting. Clinton is so dependent on her out of touch lifestyle that she can’t quit her private jet addiction even just a day after touting the endorsement of a fringe green energy group."

Securing the group's endorsement is significant for Mrs. Clinton, who is vying with Bernie Sanders for support of environmentalists, who constitute an influential part of her party's base, for the Democratic Party nomination.