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Will Hillary Clinton's Stance On The Keystone Pipeline Help Her Campaign?

Hillary Clinton has finally come out as against the Keystone XL Pipeline, after years of waffling. Will her pro-environmental stance help her in her pursuit of the presidency?

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Will Hillary Clinton's Stance On The Keystone Pipeline Help Her Campaign?  

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last 24 hours | feeds.washingtonpost
Clinton's Keystone move says more about her primary problems than anything else

"...For a candidate competing in the Democratic nomination process, opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline is a relatively simple decision. That Hillary Clinton finally announced hers on Tuesday -- apparently taking strategic advantage of the attention being lavished on the arrival of Pope Francis to bury the news after long punting on this issue -- says something significant about how she sees her position for 2016.The long-stalled pipeline became a focal point of fierce environmental opposition several years ago, thanks to the amount of tar sands oil it would transport. Tar sands oil requires more processing than other forms of oil and therefore, studies have found, produces more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Since the pipeline would cross the U.S.-Canada border, it requires approval from the executive branch. The first permit approval fell to then-Secretary of State Clinton's State Department, where it languished. President Obama rejected the permit in early 2012, prompting the company behind the pipeline to revamp its plans and try again...." see full article

1121 days ago | thenation
How Hillary Clinton Got to 'No' on Keystone

"... Clinton is not the only one on the left to call the pipeline a distraction; their argument is that Keystone, whether it's built or not, is a tiny drop in the global dump of greenhouse gases. But Clinton's move illustrates how Keystone, by providing a tangible rallying point, has strengthened the climate movement politically (at least, when it comes to the Democrats). It's also popularized a broader principle: that most of the remaining reserves of fossil fuel must stay in the ground. With the three Democratic front-runners now unified on Keystone, McKibben and other climate hawks will be pushing them to extend the logic behind the Keystone fight to other extractive projects that the White House has considerable power over, like Arctic drilling, coal mining in the Powder River Basin, and fracking, and to adopt plans for an energy transition that take advantage of increasingly affordable solar power. ..." see full article

1121 days ago | msnbc
Hillary Clinton (finally) comes out against Keystone pipeline - MSNBC

"...Few issues have dogged Clinton so consistently for so long. While questions about Benghazi or the Clinton Foundation or her paid speeches have swelled and dissipated over time, Keystone has always been there, causing nuisances for Clinton since almost immediately after she stepped down as secretary of state in early 2013.Because the pipeline crosses an international boundary, to carry oil from Canada's tar sands to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast, the State Department had the final say on the project.As secretary of state, Clinton was seen as initially favoring construction of the pipeline. [W]e are inclined to do so, Clinton said during a 2010 speaking engagement when asked about approving new tar sands pipelines. We're either going to be dependent on dirty oil from the Gulf or dirty oil from Canada. But Clinton left government with the pipeline in limbo and she continued to face questions on it, especially on visits to Canada. But refused to answer every time, citing her earlier role in the process. You won't get me to talk about Keystone, Clinton said in Winnipeg in January. Because I have steadily made clear that I'm not going to express an opinion. ..." see full article

1121 days ago | slate
Hillary Clinton (Finally!) Weighs in on Keystone Pipeline: "I ... - Slate

"...Between that and the lengthy silence that followed, Hillary's belated opposition comes with the distinct whiff of political opportunism all the more so because it came on a day when Pope Francis touched down in Washington, D.C, where he's expected to make life quite uncomfortable for those politicians who haven't made combating global warming a priority. Clinton's decision will earn her rare cheers from the climate crowd many of whom have been less than impressed with her overall energy positions to date while also moving her one leftward step closer to progressive challenger Bernie Sanders. Her opposition could even conceivably help her if Joe Biden does decide to jump in the race. While Biden's opposition to the project isn't exactly a secret, as vice president he'd have a much more difficult time bashing it on the stump...." see full article

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1121 days ago | feeds.washingtonpost
Hillary Clinton's ridiculous hedge on Keystone XL, and why it failed

"...Clinton went on to note that she was in a position unique among the 2016 field due to her time as secretary of state. "I'm in a different position than any other candidate," Clinton said. "I was there. I put this process together. I oversaw it for four years." (Because the pipeline would begin in Canada, its approval -- or not -- is in the hands of the State Department.)Uh huh.Look. When you are running for president -- whether or not you served in the current administration -- you are going to be asked to take positions on issues that the current president is dealing with. As long as we hold elections that begin two years (or more) before the current president is set to leave office, that's going to be a thing candidates need to contend with. If Clinton's position is that she can't take a public stance on any issue that has some sort of pending business before this White House, then she's not going to be able to take a position on, well, anything...." see full article

1122 days ago | cnn
Hillary Clinton opposes Keystone XL pipeline - CNN

"...The announcement, which comes after months of Clinton remaining mum over the hot-button 2016 issue, immediately drew praise from liberals and environmental groups but was criticized by Republican presidential candidates."I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone pipeline as what I believe it is -- a distraction from important work we have to do on climate change," Clinton told a community forum in Des Moines, Iowa. "And unfortunately from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward with all the other issues," she said. "Therefore I oppose it."..." see full article

1122 days ago | insideclimatenews
Hillary Clinton Ends Campaign Drama, Denounces Keystone XL ...
"...Hillary Clinton came out against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project on Tuesday calling it a distraction and by finally announcing her long-delayed stance, unified all the declared Democratic candidates for president in opposition to the controversial pipeline.While Clinton was secretary of state under President Obama, she had seemed amenable to the proposal by TransCanada to build a new line to deliver tar sands crude from suppliers in Canada to refineries near the Gulf of Mexico. As a candidate, however, she has dodged the question of KXL, a longstanding litmus test for many environmental advocates...." see full article

1122 days ago | theguardian
Hillary Clinton breaks silence on Keystone XL pipeline: 'I oppose it ...

"...Hillary Clinton completed the biggest environmental conversion of her presidential campaign to date on Tuesday, pronouncing herself opposed to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline as a distraction in the fight against climate change.Clinton's newfound stated position on Keystone offered up during an event in Iowa follows months in which she has refused to divulge her views on the controversial project, claiming it would be inappropriate as a former member of Barack Obama's administration.On Tuesday, the former secretary of state abruptly changed course, telling a student at Drake University in Des Moines that she now opposed the project. I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone 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 to deal with all the other issues, Clinton said...." see full article

1122 days ago | nationaljournal
Hillary Clinton Comes Out Against the Keystone Pipeline, After Long ...
"...The rev el a tion of her po s i tion in Iowa will likely help the Demo crat ic White House can did ate cor ral sup port among green act iv ists, but the pro ject is sup por ted by a large num ber of labor uni ons, an oth er key part of the Demo crat ic base. Speak ing to jobs spe cific ally Tues day, Clin ton said she wants to im ple ment a policy that would put thou sands of Amer ic ans to work fix ing old, leaky pipelines and re pair ing rail cars, rail beds, and rail tracks that cur rently trans port oil. She said there are a lot more jobs, from my per spect ive, on a North Amer ic an clean en ergy agenda than you would ever get from one pipeline cross ing the bor der. ..." see full article

1122 days ago | bostonglobe
Hillary Clinton says she opposes Keystone XL oil pipeline - The Boston Globe
"...Clinton's announcement came as she has ceded ground in some polls to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has long opposed the project. It also followed the appearance of protesters at some of her recent campaign events holding signs that read, I'm Ready for Hillary to say no KXL.''The former secretary of state had previously said she shouldn't take a position on the issue, because she didn't want to interfere with the Obama administration as it considers whether to allow construction of a pipeline that would transport oil from Canada's tar sands to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.The announcement was viewed with disappointment in Canada, where Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said as recently as last month that he was confident the next U.S. president would approve the project...." see full article

1122 days ago | washingtonpost
Hillary Clinton says she opposes Keystone pipeline - Washington Post

"...But while she stayed mum, progressive challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) won significant liberal support for a straightforward denunciation of the project. Democratic challenger Martin O'Malley, a former Maryland governor, and Clinton's own senior campaign adviser, John Podesta, also oppose the pipeline.Pope Francis, who arrived in the United States Tuesday, has also sought to make climate change a moral issue.Clinton said Tuesday that the administration review is taking too long, and she must make her position clear. She was responding to voter questions following a healthcare event at an elementary school. It had become untenable to refrain from speaking any longer, Clinton told a young woman who asked her about Keystone...." see full article

1122 days ago | npr
As Pope Lands, Hillary Clinton Says She Opposes Keystone XL ...

"...Clinton had previously said she wanted to stay out of the Keystone debate and give the Obama administration a chance to decide the fate of the controversial oil pipeline, but today she said the process has taken too long.Clinton was interrupted by an extended period of applause. It's an issue environmental activists have pushed the Democratic field and President Obama on.Clinton promised a comprehensive energy plan soon. Two of her opponents in the Democratic primary Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders have long opposed the Keystone XL pipeline and have been critical of Clinton's long delay in weighing in...." see full article

1122 days ago | nytimes
First Draft: Hillary Clinton Says She Opposes Keystone Pipeline

"...Anticipating criticism from backers of the project that her opposition would cost construction jobs, she pledged to soon detail a clean energy policy that would put thousands of Americans to work repairing leaky existing pipelines and improving train tracks that carry oil by rail.There are a lot more jobs from my perspective on a North American clean energy agenda than you would ever get from one pipeline crossing the border, she said.Energy and policy experts have long said that the battle over Keystone XL is chiefly political, because the pipeline would have little effect on either climate change or the United States job market. A State Department analysis last year found the pipeline would not significantly add to carbon pollution, because the oil was already reaching refineries by other pipelines and by rail...." see full article

1122 days ago | latimes
Hillary Clinton comes out against the Keystone oil pipeline - Los Angeles Times
"...Prominent Democratic activists have been pressuring Clinton to oppose the project, but she had demurred, saying her role in reviewing the project while secretary of State would make it inappropriate until the Obama administration made a decision on the application.But Clinton said she grew tired of waiting. I feel now I've got a responsibility to you and other voters who ask me about this, she said to the voter in Iowa. I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone pipeline for 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."..." see full article

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