ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Voters want to know where Hillary Clinton stands on the Keystone XL issue, but the former Secretary of State has yet to take up the issue.
At an event in New Hampshire Tuesday, Hillary Clinton was asked by a voter for a “yes or no” answer on whether she would vote to approve the Keystone pipeline. Once again, she punted, saying it’s “President Obama’s decision.” She did, however, give a little more insight into when she might take a stance.
“If it is undecided when I become president, I will answer your question,” she said.
READ CLINTON’S FULL RESPONSE:
“No other presidential candidate was secretary of state when this process started, and I put together a very thorough deliberative, evidence based process to evaluate the environmental impact and other considerations of Keystone. As such, I know that there is a very careful evaluation continuing, and at the final decisions pending to be made by Secretary Kerry and President Obama, very simply, the evaluation is determined whether this pipeline is in our nation’s interest and I’m confident that the pipeline’s impact on global greenhouse gas emissions will be a major factor in that decision, as the president has said. So I will refrain from commenting because I had a leading role in getting that process started and we have to let it run its course.”
Democratic presidential candidate and Clinton rival Bernie Sanders has, for a long time, said Keystone was one of the defining differences between him and Clinton.
On Tuesday, he put out the following statement:
“We have to address the planetary crisis of climate change and there is no question that we must move aggressively toward energy efficiency and the development of sustainable energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. That is why I have introduced legislation that would create 10 million solar rooftops on homes and businesses in the United States. So I agree with Secretary Clinton about the need for substantial investment in sustainable energy.”
“But that is not enough,” Sanders added. “We must make significant reductions in carbon emissions and break our dependency on fossil fuels. That is why I have helped lead the fight in the Senate against the Keystone pipeline which would transport some of the dirtiest fossil fuel in the world. It is hard for me to understand how one can be concerned about climate change but not vigorously oppose the Keystone pipeline.”
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