Breaking: Clinton Opposes Keystone Pipeline

September 22, 2015




After months of declining to take a position on the Keystone XL pipeline, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she opposes the construction of the project.

“I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone XL pipeline as what I believe it is: A distraction from the important work we have to do to combat climate change, and, unfortunately from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward and deal with other issues,” she said during a campaign event in Iowa Tuesday.

“Therefore, I oppose it. I oppose it because I don’t think it’s in the best interest of what we need to do to combat climate change.”



11 Responses to “Breaking: Clinton Opposes Keystone Pipeline”

    • jimbills Says:

      Well put. This is exactly why Bernie Sanders (and to a more limited degree, Martin O’Malley) should be in the race, and how he helps push a friendlier agenda to a mainstream candidate. If the race was just Biden vs. Clinton, I don’t see this happening.

      Honestly, I don’t have a lot of trust for Hillary Clinton, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that means another pipeline with a different name would be acceptable eventually in an administration run by her, but at least she finally came out and said something concrete about the issue.

      More info here:

      Jeb Bush says she’s favoring ‘environmental extremists’ over jobs (perhaps more specifically, two jobs held by brothers with ‘K’ as a last initial), and Jindal’s going all conspiracy up in hurra.

      The big question remaining on Keystone itself is whether the Obama Administration will have the billiards to squash it before the end of its term or if they’ll pass it on to the next President.

  1. I’ll bet Clinton opposes the pipeline like Obama was for transparent government .

  2. Andy Lee Robinson Says:

    Finally. No going back now.

    • petermogensen Says:

      She didn’t say she wouldn’t approve it. She said she opposed it.
      Now watch out for it being a bargaining object with the republicans.

      • Andy Lee Robinson Says:

        True, but hopefully it won’t be needed as it would be such a backward step.

        • dumboldguy Says:

          Under what circumstances would she need to use KXL as a “bargaining object”? We shall see what the next 13 months bring and whether Clinton is too cozy with Wall Street and the moneyed folk after her election (as Obama was), but IMO, KXL is a done deal.

          And I wouldn’t give The Bern and O’Malley too much credit. Clinton has been criticized for being too measured, analytical, “strategic”, slow, and not “real” and “folksy” enough as she rolls out her positions. IMO, it is more likely that she deliberately made this announcement on the day the Pope arrived so that it would be submerged in the hoopla and perhaps mostly forgotten by the time the Pope leaves—-actually, it’s a slick move

          The Repugnants are so busy accusing the Pope of witchcraft and setting up stakes to burn him that they may not find the time and energy to go after Clinton on KXL right now. If they do, they will look like the bunch of rabid dogs that they are, whirling and snapping with foaming mouths at anyone who displeases them.

          PS We in the DC metropolitan area are again being bombarded with
          TV, radio, and print ads from the American Petroleum Institute, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the coal and natural gas folks. They all have the same lying message—if the EPA is allowed to implement the new rules, the economy will lose over a trillion dollars and a million jobs, which are BS and PFTA numbers that they are going to repeat until they become true in the minds of the ignorant. I’m sure Clinton’s KXL position will work its way into their ads soon.

  3. I’m not so sure this was a difficult decision. Can anyone make money on tar sand refining with oil below $50/barrel? I’m sure the project was dead in the water for economic rather than political reasons.

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