Hillary Clinton Has Finally Taken A Glib Position On Keystone XL

Hillary Clinton opposes Keystone XL

Clinton called the pipeline a “distraction from the important work we have to do on climate change.”

Source: Hillary Clinton Has Finally Taken A Position On The Keystone XL Pipeline | ThinkProgress


Hillary Clinton Has Finally Taken a Glib Position On Keystone XL


Last week, Hillary Clinton finally took a position against the Keystone XL pipeline. In my opinion, her statement was very glib and did not even begin to address the real issue here; the fact that the Keystone XL pipeline is a potential environmental disaster waiting to happen. Of course, I shouldn’t be so naïve as to believe that she really gives a damn about the environment. I think she probably made the statement against the Keystone XL pipeline because doing so was politically expedient.

It may sound like I’m being quite harsh against Hillary Clinton’s attitude, but I actually do think that political expediency played a large part in her decision to oppose the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Even though it may sound very cynical, and even though I am happy with her finally taking a public position against the pipeline, the reasons for doing so still takes some of the feeling of satisfaction that should have been present when she announced her decision. I can’t help but to think that pressure was put on her by various sectors and she just merely caved in and made a glib announcement. Her statement was inadequate at best.

The primary reason that Hillary Clinton seems to give in her statement, is that the Keystone XL pipeline has become a distraction that is taking away from the real cause of fighting global warming. This causes me to question her sincerity, especially since the Keystone XL pipeline represents something much bigger that merely transporting toxic tar sands oil from point A to point B. She doesn’t seem to realize that the entire controversy about the Keystone XL pipeline is just the tip of the iceberg in the entire environmental movement.

As far as I’m concerned, the Keystone XL pipeline is the opening shot in the war between corporate America and those of us who consider ourselves to be true environmentalists. For some reason, probably because she has been in bed with the corporate establishment that controls this country for so long that she doesn’t see the reality of the situation. In the fight to save the environment and prevent global warming, I don’t see Hillary Clinton as a real ally to the environmental movement. And, I have a strong feeling that no other environmentalists trust her either.

I also question the timing of her announcement of her sudden opposition to the Keystone XL, especially since her supporters and others have been pressuring her to take a position about the Keystone XL, for many months. I also question the location of her announcement, Iowa, where her primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading her in some of the polls. As anyone who follows the news knows, her primary opponent for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders, has been a very vocal opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline. I personally think that Hillary Clinton’s is highly suspect. Could it be that political expediency has influenced her decision, or does she really give a damn about the Earth’s environment? You all can make up your own minds about this question.

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I was born on December 22, 1955, in a small Pennsylvania town named Corry. I was raised in Bear Lake, Pennsylvania.

I graduated from Corry Area High School in 1973. After that, I attended Edinboro State College from 1977-79.

I moved to Berkeley, California in 1980, in search of an independent life. In 2006, I graduated from Berkeley city College with two degrees, one in English and the other in Liberal Arts.

I have been active in the disability rights movement for well over 20 years.