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Clinton Has Played Politics On Keystone XL

- October 11, 2015

“After Months Of Declining To Take A Position On The Keystone XL Pipeline, Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton Says She Opposes The Construction Of The Project.” “After months of declining to take a position on the Keystone XL pipeline, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she opposes the construction of the project.  ‘I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone XL pipeline as what I believe it is: A distraction from the important work we have to do to combat climate change, and, unfortunately from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward and deal with other issues,’ she said during a campaign event in Iowa Tuesday. ‘Therefore, I oppose it,’” (Monica Alba and Carrie Dann, “Hillary Clinton: I Oppose The Keystone XL Pipeline,” NBC News, 9/22/15)

Construction Of The Keystone XL Pipeline, 42,100 Jobs Would Be Created According The State Department’s Report. “During construction, proposed Project spending would support approximately 42,100 jobs (direct, indirect, and induced), and approximately $2 billion in earnings throughout the United States.” (U.S. Department Of State, Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, January 2014)

The Keystone XL Pipeline Would Help The United States Wean Itself From Middle Eastern And Venezuelan Oil – Countries That Export More Than Three Million Barrels Of Oil Per Day To The U.S. “Canada is already the top supplier of oil to the U.S., at more than two million barrels per day. Keystone XL will increase this by more than 700,000 barrels per day and will also provide refineries with greater access to domestic U.S. oil production from the Bakken. Keystone XL is not about energy versus the environment – it’s simply about where Americans get their oil. Persian Gulf countries and Venezuela contribute three million barrels per day of imports. These countries are far less stable and more expensive sources of foreign oil than Canada, which is America’s largest trading partner and ally.” (Glenn Kessler, “Keystone XL Pipeline Ad Suggests Canadian Crude Will Reduce ‘Reliance On Foreign Energy,’” The Washington Post's Fact Checker, 11/20/13)

The New York Times: “[Keystone XL] Would Strengthen Relations With Canada And Provide A Conduit For Oil From A Friendly Neighbor.” “There are political and strategic advantages to approving the pipeline: It would strengthen relations with Canada and provide a conduit for oil from a friendly neighbor. If the pipeline is approved this year, it could also help the re-election campaigns of two vulnerable Democratic senators from oil-rich states — Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Begich of Alaska — while silencing critics who for years have urged the president to move ahead with the pipeline.” (Coral Davenport, “Report Opens Way To Approval For Keystone Pipeline,” The New York Times, 1/31/14)


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