Hillary Clinton has finally announced her opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, after months of declining to take a position on the job creating construction of the project. NBC News,
“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.”
Clinton had long cited her former job as secretary of state as a reason to delay weighing in on the deal until the administration formalized its opinion on the project. In July, she said she did not want to “prejudge” President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry on the result of an administration review of the pipeline’s environmental impact.
But last week, she promised that her decision would be coming “soon” and suggested that she has been growing impatient with the White House for delaying its final verdict on the matter…
Environmental activists vehemently oppose the pipeline, which they say will be vulnerable to leaks, cause harmful effects on the environment and represent a step backward from attempts to address global climate change.