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Clinton's Pandering On Offshore Drilling

- April 14, 2016

 

In October 2015, Clinton Said She Opposed Arctic And Other Offshore Drilling Because "We Need To Keep More Fossil Fuels Under The Ocean And In The Ground." CLINTON: "We have to move away from fossil fuels including gas, but that gas can be a useful bridge, especially as we move away from coal, and we move away from dirtier oil and some of the really bad alternatives. And we want to keep more fossil fuels under the ocean and in the ground. That's why I'm against arctic drilling and why I'm against offshore drilling because I don't think we should start that." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Town Hall, Keene, NH, 10/16/15)

In March, Clinton Said She Was "Relieved" That Obama Blocked Offshore Drilling In The Atlantic, And Said It Was "Time To Do The Next Right Thing And Protect The Arctic, Too." "Relieved Atlantic drilling is now off the table. Time to do the next right thing and protect the Arctic, too. http://hrc.io/1UdlR4D -H" (Hillary Clinton, Twitter Feed, 3/15/16)

(Hillary Clinton, Twitter Feed, 3/15/16)

Clinton's Opposition To Offshore Drilling Is "An Attempt By Clinton To Bolster Her Environmental Credentials." "Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declared her opposition to oil and gas drilling in the Arctic on Tuesday, a day after a federal agency gave Shell final approval to begin drilling there. The move marks a significant break with the Obama administration and an attempt by Clinton to bolster her environmental credentials." (Justin Worland, "Hillary Clinton Says She Opposes Arctic Drilling In Break With Obama," Time, 8/18/15)

But As Secretary Of State, Clinton Did Not Object To More Offshore Drilling And Said The United States Would "Claim What Is Ours" When It Came To Arctic Oil And Gas Fields

In 2012, Clinton Declined To Object To A Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil And Gas Leasing Plan That Would "Expand Offshore Drilling" In The Arctic And Gulf Of Mexico, Saying Her Department Had "No Comments." "As secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton was asked to comment on an Interior Department proposal to expand offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean and in the Gulf of Mexico. In a January 2012 letter, provided to The New York Times by the Republican National Committee, she wrote to the interior secretary, Ken Salazar, that the State Department had no comments to offer on the plan." (Trip Gabriel and Coral Davenport, "'Fractivists' Increase Pressure On Hillary Clinton And Bernie Sanders In New York," The New York Times¸4/4/16)

(Hillary Clinton, Letter to Ken Salazar, 1/12/12, Department of the Interior FOIA Request, 9/30/15, OS-2016-00011)

As Secretary, Clinton Said That When It Came To Oil And Gas Fields In The Arctic, The United States Would "Claim What Is Ours Under International Law." QUESTION: "And what is the main interest for the U.S. in the Arctic, with its possible huge oil and gas fields?" CLINTON: "But let me just make very clear that the United States has the same interest in the Arctic and the work of the Arctic Council as Norway does. We believe strongly that it's important for the five principal Arctic nations, of which we are, too, to begin working together to make plans for what will most certainly become greater ocean travel, greater exploration, therefore greater pollution, greater impact of human beings. We made a start on that at the last Arctic Council meeting in agreeing on a search and rescue protocol, which was the first ever for the Arctic, so that Russia and the rest of the Arctic nations all agreed to have a plan in place for search and rescue. We're working on an oil spill protocol and others to come. Because we will, of course, claim what is ours under international law, just as Norway claims what is yours, but we know that that leaves a great vast amount of the Arctic that will be a common responsibility." (Secretary Hillary Clinton, Remarks With Norwegian Foreign Minister Stoere, Oslo, Norway, 6/1/12)

In May 2011, Clinton Said The United States Would Develop Arctic Oil And Gas Reserves "In A Smart, Sustainable Way." CLINTON: "Now the challenges in the region are not just environmental. There are other issues at stake. The melting of sea ice, for example, will result in more shipping, fishing, and tourism, and the possibility to develop newly accessible oil and gas reserves. We seek to pursue these opportunities in a smart, sustainable way that preserves the Arctic environment and ecosystem." (Secretary Hillary Clinton, Remarks With Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen, Nuuk, Greenland, 5/12/11)


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