Hillary Clinton: U.S. Should Lead On Clean Energy

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday called for the U.S. to become what she called the world's 21st-century clean energy superpower. In remarks Thursday at the annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Clinton credited northern Nevada's selection for...

               Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the National Clean Energy Summit Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday called for the U.S. to become what she called the world's 21st-century clean energy superpower.

In remarks Thursday at the annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Clinton credited northern Nevada's selection for a $5 billion Tesla automobile battery plant to work in recent years for the state to become a leader in solar, wind, and geothermal energy projects.

She also cited an expert comparing the importance of the Tesla plant to the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River.

Clinton's speech to a standing-room crowd of more than 800 marked her return to the Las Vegas Strip hotel where a 36-year-old Phoenix woman was arrested in April after throwing a shoe but missing Clinton on stage.

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