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Alberta Premier says she and Clinton on same side of Keystone XL debate.

DES MOINES, Iowa – 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. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says Hillary Clinton’s opposition to Keystone XL reaffirms what she’s long said about the controversial pipeline expansion — that advocating for the project is a waste of time. “I was never really convinced that the people in Washington were spending a lot of time listening to what Alberta had to say,” said Notley on Tuesday night after speaking to chamber of commerce members from across Alberta. 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. Clinton made good on the promise she delivered last week to finally take a public position on the pipeline “soon, ”on whose fate the Obama administration has dragged its feet deciding. “I oppose it,” Clinton said in response to a question on the pipeline while campaigning in Iowa Tuesday. “I oppose it because I don’t think, I don’t think it’s in the best interest of what we need to do to combat climate change.” Clinton said the pipeline was “a distraction for the work we have to do to combat climate change” and said we need to “move beyond” the issue. “I thought this would be decided by now. 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.

That distraction, she said, is “unfortunately, from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward to deal with the other issues. Campaigners said Clinton’s about-face gave Obama additional reasons to reject the project. “We’ve taken a top-tier presidential candidate’s ‘inclination to approve’ Keystone XL, and turned it into yet another call for rejection,” May Boeve, the director of 350.org, said in a statement. “Today’s news is a huge win for our movement, and ups the pressure even more on President Obama to reject the Keystone pipeline once and for all.” Responding to Clinton’s intervention, TransCanada said in a statement that its focus “remains on securing a permit to build Keystone XL”. “Pipelines are the safest and least greenhouse gas-intensive way to transport needed Canadian and American crude oil to Americans – safer than rail,” the company claimed. Clinton, as secretary of state, came under attack from campaigners for saying in 2010 that she was inclined to support the project, and for promoting fracking abroad.

I’m just not convinced that getting our product down to the gulf where there’s a whole bunch of cheap refining is absolutely the best strategy for an industry in Alberta when Albertans want to see focus more on upgrading and refining,” she said. 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’s campaign aide, who emailed reporters on the condition of anonymity, repeated that excuse, but did not say why the Democratic frontrunner had chosen to break her silence now – other to say “she owes it to the American people to make it clear where she stands on this issue”.

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. 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.

In 2010, those views reflected the political mainstream but in the heat of a primary campaign they left Clinton open to criticism from liberal Democrats. 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.

Over the years, campaigners have used the pipeline as a powerful organising symbol, arguing the transport network would further unlock the vast reserves of the Alberta tar sands, and set the world on a course of dangerous climate change. In recent months, however, as low oil prices reduced the economic viability of further tar sands expansion, campaign groups have turned away from Keystone and shifted their energies to opposing Obama’s decision to allow Shell to hunt for oil in the Arctic.

I am going to tell you what I think soon.” The next day, across the border in Portland, Maine, Clinton looked a bit exasperated when anti-Keystone protesters interrupted her speech there. “Soon,” she promised again. Sanders, for his part, said, “I am glad that Secretary Clinton finally has made a decision and I welcome her opposition to the pipeline.” He noted that he has opposed the pipeline “from the beginning.” However, it is unclear if Clinton’s opposition to Arctic drilling, and support of Keystone pipeline, will assuage liberals who accuse her of political maneuvering in the face of a surprisingly successful challenge from Sanders. While declaring climate change the most “consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and a world”, Clinton has faced suspicion from liberal elements in the party because of her close connections to the oil and gas industry. Nearly all of the top bundlers to Clinton’s presidential campaign lobbied against climate change regulations, or in favour of offshore drilling and oil exports, according to financial disclosures last July.

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