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Clinton breaks Keystone silence, says she opposes pipeline.

Clinton, speaking at a Des Moines Register editorial board meeting Tuesday, said that although she did it solely out of convenience, she won’t do it again. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she opposes construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, breaking her longstanding silence over a project criticized by environmentalists as a threat to the planet’s climate. The former secretary of state apologized again that her email server had been “so much of a subject of speculation and curiosity.” But she said she didn’t keep any classified material on the server. “If I hadn’t said I wanted to be transparent and had 55,000 pages of my emails released, this wouldn’t be an issue,” Clinton added, arguing that any classification of her emails had been done retroactively. The Democratic presidential candidate said she decided to speak out after concluding the ongoing debate over whether the pipeline should be built had become a distraction to larger efforts to fight climate change. The Democratic frontrunner also said “there is no evidence at all that my server was breached and in the State Department we had constant barrages, attacks.”

That distraction, she said, is “unfortunately, from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward to deal with the other issues. 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. “This is not a debate between Canada and the U.S.,” said Stephen Lecce, a spokesman for Harper. “We know the American people support the project. We will not engage in presidential primary debates.” Less reluctant was Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who said on Twitter that Clinton’s decision proves she “favors environmental extremists over U.S. jobs.” Spurred on by environmental activists and liberals who play a key role in the Democratic primaries and vigorously oppose the pipeline project, Clinton had expressed impatience in recent weeks over the Obama administration’s drawn-out deliberations. Clinton is scheduled to raise money in California over three days beginning Sunday and was sure to face questions from donors on why she had yet to stake out a position. Concern about Vice President Joe Biden political future played a role, too, he said. “Clearly, Hillary Clinton’s rapid decline in the polls and the prospect of the vice president entering the race caused her to change course,” Priebus said in a statement.

But it hasn’t been decided and I feel now I’ve got a responsibility to you and other voters who ask me about this.” Clinton’s main rivals for the Democratic nomination have campaigned against the project. Leadership is about stating where you stand on critical issues, regardless of how they poll or focus group.” Clinton said she would roll out a plan aimed at fighting climate change in a few days and noted proposals released earlier in the campaign that would bolster solar energy and produce more renewable energy.

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