Just when you thought the e-mail story couldn’t get worse for Hillary Clinton …

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. WASHINGTON: Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton unveiled a plan Tuesday to limit prescription medicine costs, challenging the US pharmaceutical industry after the price for one drug skyrocketed by 5,000%.

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. 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. The former secretary of state previously had dodged questions about her position on the pipeline, citing her role in reviewing the project at the State Department and saying the ongoing review needs to run its course. “But it hasn’t been decided and I feel now I’ve got a responsibility,” she said. That distraction, she said, is “unfortunately, from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward to deal with the other issues. Clinton’s plan would allow for Medicare, the national health insurance program set up specifically for people over 65, “to negotiate for lower prices for its members,” a move she said would save some US$100 billion (RM434.9 billion) per year.

Because for me, we need to be transitioning from fossil fuels—I know it will take time—to clean renewable energy.” She announced her position at a time when her leading primary competitor, Vermont Sen. 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 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. And even with overall US health care costs trending slightly lower, prescription drug costs for consumers have shot up — by more than 12% last year, according to Clinton. The project, though, put Clinton in a difficult political position, as it pits environmental activists who oppose it against labor unions who support it. “As a senator who has vigorously opposed the Keystone pipeline from the beginning, I am glad that Secretary Clinton finally has made a decision and I welcome her opposition to the pipeline.

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. Clearly it would be absurd to encourage the extraction and transportation of some of the dirtiest fossil fuel on the planet,” he said in a statement. “In opposing the Keystone oil pipeline, Hillary Clinton once again shows that she intends to continue the failed policies and poor decisions of the Obama Administration,” Graham said in a statement. “Building this pipeline is essential to our national security by reducing our dependence on oil from countries that hate us. Many aged Americans go bankrupt paying for their medical care, and cut pills in half to make prescriptions last longer, while the uninsured in their millions usually get little care until they have to head to an emergency room. 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 catapulted into the national spotlight on Monday, when Clinton reacted to a company that raised by 50-fold the price of a drug used by AIDS and cancer patients and others with compromised immune systems — a price the company now says it will lower.

And then after two years where actually the facts haven’t changed, predictably perhaps, she sided with the left wing of her party.” Clinton’s stance risks a backlash from labor unions and others. Department of State’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on Keystone XL concluded that greenhouse-gas emissions would be 28 to 42 per cent lower with the pipeline and that Keystone XL would support the creation of over 40,000 jobs and $2 billion in earnings—good paying jobs for American families,” TransCanada spokesperson Davis Sheremata said.

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. Clinton’s outrage over prescription drug “price-gouging,” and her vow to “lay out a plan to take it on,” sent pharmaceutical and biotechnology stocks into a 4% slide Monday. The timing of her statement was curious — she made her remarks just after Pope Francis arrived in Washington at the start of a closely watched visit to the United States.

It would require pharmaceutical companies to spend a certain portion of their revenue on research and development, and would aim to cut down on direct-to-consumer advertising by companies that receive substantial federal tax breaks. “If the medicine you need costs less in Canada you should be able to buy it from Canada, or any other country that meets our safety standards,” she said. Clinton also returned to the issue of the company of the moment, Turing Pharmaceuticals, which in August purchased the rights to a 60-year-old drug, Daraprim, and soon afterward raised its price 50-fold, from US$13.50 per pill to US$750.

In 2010, then-Secretary Clinton indicated potential support for the project as she told a San Francisco audience, “We’re either going to be dependent on dirty oil from the [Persian] Gulf or dirty oil from Canada.” Pressed on those proposals by the Register, Clinton declined to elaborate, saying she didn’t want to overshadow the policy proposals on prescription drug prices that she released earlier Tuesday. Shkreli previously defended the price hike, saying his firm was taking a money-losing drug and turning it into a profit-maker that would spur more research and innovation. As for the headline-grabbing original price tag, he said “we took it to a price where we can make a comfortable profit but not any ridiculous profit.” — AFP

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