March 6, 2014

Clinton: “No Comment” On Keystone XL Pipeline

Hillary Clinton is on a two day swing  through Canada. Yesterday when speaking before the Vancouver Board of Trade in Vancouver, Canada, Frank McKenna, the former Canadian Ambassador to the United States, tried asking Clinton about the Keystone XL Pipeline. Her response? “No Comment.” What political courage…

According to the Vancouver Sun,

Just don’t ask her about the Keystone pipeline. Frank McKenna, former Canadian Ambassador to the United States, tried Wednesday night and was met with a polite “No comment.” The former U.S. Secretary of State says it would be wrong for her to comment on a topic that is currently under consideration by her successor John Kerry.

But no sooner had Clinton refused comment than she went on to discuss the need for “greater symmetry” between the United States and Canada’s electric grids and oil and gas supply lines. “We have tremendous opportunities to be energy dependent… energy secure,” she said. This is what the Western Hemisphere should push for as a way to protect our economies in the event of instability in other parts of the world.

That’s what you call ironic, as the Keystone XL Pipeline would help the U.S. be more energy secure. But Clinton’s double talk isn’t that surprising, as her State Department thwarted and dodged on Keystone at every turn -despite multiple studies showing that the pipeline proposes little environmental risk.

As we pointed out last week, even the left wants to know where Hillary stands on Keystone, as the grassroots organization MoveOn has launched an online petition asking where’s Hillary on the Keystone XL pipeline? According to MoveOn:

We have a key strategic opportunity now to turn this around. Because it is widely assumed that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee for President in 2016, if she comes out against approval of the Keystone XL pipeline now, it will galvanize opposition to the pipeline among Democrats, and make it much less likely that President Obama will approve it.

So far, the petition has over 16,500 Democrat signatures.

Clinton can be expected to dodge Keystone again today as she speaks Calgary, Canada.

Clinton has not hesitated to speak about the crisis in Ukraine or the United State’s relationship with Iran. But when it comes to Keystone – Clinton continues to remain silent.