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Going beyond opposition to Keystone XL, Clinton outlines broader energy agenda

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Breaking Keystone Silence, Clinton Says She Opposes Pipeline.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — 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.

At a campaign stop in Iowa on Tuesday, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton broke her silence on where she stands on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline: “I oppose it because I don’t think it’s in the best interest of what we need to do to combat climate change.” But while politicians have been dithering over the increasingly unpopular Keystone XL, international tar sands development and other carbon-intensive pipeline projects have been charging ahead. 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. And if Keystone XL were approved by a future president, its 800,000-barrel-per-day capacity would complete the fourth and final phase of TransCanada’s international Keystone Pipeline System, which already consists of almost 3,000 miles of operating pipeline, built over the last five years. If you recall, Clinton admitted to deleting all her personal correspondences long ago but turned over copies of her work emails (around 30,000 in number) to the government.

That distraction, she said, is “unfortunately, from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward to deal with the other issues. One way TransCanada might get around what Clinton called the Keystone “distraction” and pump more tar sands crude into the US might be the Upland pipeline, which the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has termed a “mini Keystone”. In April, the Canadian energy company submitted an application for a new Presidential Permit to authorize the construction and operation of 240 miles of cross-border pipeline. 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. “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.

The company said that the pipeline would allow 300,000 barrels of crude from the Bakken oil fields to reach “transportation connection points” in Canada. The authorities’ investigation is expected to last a few more months, though, so it could take a while before we find out whether other top secret emails were among the deleted ones. 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. Critics of the Upland project say that because it is dependent on the hotly opposed Energy East pipeline going forward and because there is no desire from North Dakota producers to move their crude by pipeline, it seems that TransCanada is likely playing the long game. “It doesn’t make a lot of sense even if Energy East moves forward,” said Swift.

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. You’ll get to keep your current user name (as long as it doesn’t contain invalid characters, in which case you’ll have to go through a few extra steps to make the transfer), and all your old comments will eventually (not immediately) migrate with you.

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. Canadian oil and gas conglomerate Enbridge, for example, is also attempting to double the number of gallons pumped along its Alberta Clipper pipeline, opened in 2010, to 880,000 barrels per day. 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. The Sierra Club is challenging Enbridge’s expansion of the Alberta Clipper project, which Moffitt describes as illegal: “Under the guise of refurbishing, they’ve just put in a new line.” Moffitt said that Clinton’s announcement on Tuesday is “huge”, because it opens the door for reconsidering future infrastructure projects – particularly tar sands – in the context of US climate change commitments. “Seeing politicians citing the impacts of a project on climate is precedent-setting,” said Moffitt. “There’s no question that moving forward we need leaders to apply a climate test to major infrastructure projects.” If Clinton’s position is consistent, Moffitt said, the next logical step would be to declare opposition to all tar sands projects. “If we’re going to get serious about addressing climate change, we’re going to have to view all energy infrastructures through the lens of climate change.” While Keystone might have stalled out, miles of pipe were dropped in fields across the US, before Transcanada had begun the environmental review process.

While that pipe will likely be gathered up and repurposed by the corporation, said Swift, “all the pipe that was built before it was approved is a landmark to the company’s hubris” – a sign that the company is not likely to give up on tar sands any time soon. 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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