Hillary Clinton said Tuesday at a campaign stop in Iowa that she opposes the Keystone XL pipeline.
After many years of refusing to give an opinion, Clinton said, “I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone pipeline, as what I think it is, as a distraction to the important work we have to do on climate change and unfortunately, from my perspective, on that interferes with our ability to move forward with all the other issues. Therefore I oppose it. I don’t think its in the best interest to combat climate change.”
As secretary of state, Clinton oversaw the Obama administration’s consideration of TransCanada Corp.’s application to build an oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada to Texas.
Clinton had been chided by both Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley for not taking a position on the issue.