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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hillary opposes Keystone pipeline

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 3:38 PM

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she opposes the Keystone XL pipeline, which would put aqui
click to enlarge STOCK PROP: Republican politicians in Arkansas often stood before pipe made in Little Rock to press for the Keystone pipeline. Here, Tom Cotton and Tim Griffin.
  • STOCK PROP: Republican politicians in Arkansas often stood before pipe made in Little Rock to press for the Keystone pipeline. Here, Tom Cotton and Tim Griffin.
fers across the middle of America at risk to carry heavy Canadian crude across the U.S. to reach refineries that would ship much of the producet overseas. 

It is a pet project of Republican politicians, particularly in Arkansas, who've dramatically overstated the need and economic benefit of the line and understated its detrimental environmental effects.

The pipeline is still under review by the State Department, though the Obama administration is supposed to reach a final decision before his term is up.

Clinton, until today, had avoided questions on the topic. But today she said:

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. I oppose it because I don't think it's in the best interest of what we need to do to combat climate change.

Much of the pipe for the line was made in a Little Rock plant. It has already been sold to the company hoping to build it. The only economic benefit remaining in Little Rock is some temporary labor to ship the pipe.

Many have predicted the line would not be built, partly because of increasing energy discoveries in the U.S. and declining oil prices.

Clinton announced her opinion in a speech in Des Moines, not far from Nebraska, where landowner opposition has been highest to the line.

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