Hillary Clinton says she will not take a position on the Keystone XL pipeline until she becomes President, citing her work on the issue as US secretary of state.
Clinton told voters in New Hampshire yesterday that she will not “second-guess” President Obama’s pending decision on the pipeline. She said that would not be the “right thing to do” because the government’s review of the project started during her tenure at the State Department.
Responding to a demand for a “yes” or “no” to the pipeline, Clinton said: “If it’s undecided when I become president, I will answer your question.”
Two of Mrs. Clinton’s Democratic opponents, former Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, have both said they oppose the Keystone project.
Senator John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican and leading congressional supporter of the US$8 billion proposal, cited unidentified ‘sources’ yesterday in predicting President Barack Obama will reject the pipeline proposal in August.
“The earliest we’ll now see it, we think, is in 2018” under the next US President, said Patrick Kenny, an analyst at National Bank Financial in Calgary.
Edited from various sources by Elizabeth Corner
Sources: The Guardian, NY Times, Bloomberg