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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a grassroots organizing meeting at Philander Smith College Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Clinton opposes construction of Keystone XL pipeline

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton broke her longstanding silence over the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, telling voters at a campaign stop in Iowa on Tuesday that she opposes the project assailed by environmentalists.

The Democratic presidential candidate said the project had become an impediment to efforts to fight climate change.

“I think it is imperative that we look at Keystone pipeline as what I believe it is, a distraction from the important work we have to do to combat climate change,” Clinton said. “And unfortunately, from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward to deal with the other issues. Therefore I oppose it. I oppose it.”

The former secretary of state had previously said she shouldn’t take a position on the issue, saying she didn’t want to interfere with the Obama administration’s deliberations on allowing a project that would transport oil from Canada’s tar sands to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.

But she had expressed impatience in recent weeks over the drawn-out pipeline decision, which has been vigorously opposed by environmental activists and liberals who play a key role in the Democratic primaries. Clinton’s campaign events in New Hampshire and Maine last week were attended by activists who held signs that read “I’m Ready for Hillary to say no KXL,” demanding she oppose the pipeline.

Clinton announced her decision moments after Pope Francis arrived in Washington at the start of a closely watched visit to the United States.

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This article was written by Ken Thomas and Catherine Lucey from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

27 comments

  1. She wouldn’t know a pipeline if she tripped over it.

  2. Ya know if she would quit blowing hot air it could have an affect on the climate?

  3. There is so much stupid there i don’t even know where to begin.

  4. Oh go fucking kill yourself Hilary

  5. With all the bulls hit that going on around her and the money she has caused the American people how the hell is she being able to run for president when she should be in jail

  6. They should stake her out along the pipeline route and everybody drive by and throw sh*t at her.

  7. Why not get the rest of the world down to our emissions level. Before killing anymore jobs here. We all live in the same climate, meaning the world.

  8. Having a pipeline but a ban on oil exporting is completely useless you are aware?

  9. Here’s a manuscript detailing all of Hillary Clinton’s real expertise on earth science, meteorology, particulate matter, climate change, etc…..

    Well….

    . The end.

  10. Going for the tree hugger vote– good or bad does not matter just the votes —

  11. Does anything that makes sense ever come out of Hillary’s mouth? Keystone pipeline would help fight climate change!!

  12. She is a stupid bi**h. Moving oil in that pipeline is cleaner and greener than moving the oil by truck and rail.

  13. Such an idiot.. Go home to Bill.

  14. She’s a brain dead criminal.

  15. Go f**k yourself Hillary.

  16. Did I miss something? Can Canadians vote in US elections now? That pipeline would be used for Canadian oil, not be subject to US bans on export, Be built by mostly Canadian contractors, and do little to nothing for emissions.