Greens Pressure Hillary to Oppose Keystone XL

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:18 AM

By Elliot Jager

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who in 2010 was "inclined" to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, is being urged by 30 environmental groups to speak out against the project, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Since the pipeline is to cross from Canada into the United States bringing oil to the Gulf Coast, the State Department — now headed by Secretary John Kerry — was involved in a review released in January. The review, which officials emphasized is not a decision document, found that the pipeline probably wouldn't alter global greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and other groups have drafted a letter that asks Clinton to "stand with us against" the project.

"Given your longstanding advocacy for the environment and the importance of battling the climate crisis, your involvement would lend an important voice against this dangerous pipeline and in favor of energy sources that don't threaten future generations of Americans," the draft said, according to the Journal.

Some opponents of the pipeline declined to publicly press Clinton on the matter. Among anti-pipeline groups that begged off signing the letter are the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council, according to the Journal.

Liberal activists are pressing the Obama administration to block Keystone because they believe it will exacerbate global warming. Some Democrats such as Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is seeking re-election, are backing the project on the grounds that it would create jobs.

The White House has postponed a decision at least until after a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling is rendered.

If Clinton decides to enter the 2016 presidential race, she will be pressed harder to take a stand on Keystone. In September, she is scheduled to deliver a major speech on energy at a Las Vegas conference hosted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He is an opponent of the pipeline, the Journal reported.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

GOP: Raise Minimum Wage, Vote for Common Sense

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 00:18 AM

Democrats in the Senate, and President Obama, have expressed support for raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an  . . .

Ed Royce: 'Are We Doing Enough' to Stop Terror Attacks?

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 22:40 PM

Rep. Ed Royce said he thinks laws will be changed in Great Britain and Canada to stop the sort of homegrown terrorist at . . .

Ebola Death Toll Rises to Almost 4,900

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 22:28 PM

The number of people with Ebola is set to hit 10,000 in West Africa, the World Health Organization said, as the scramble . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved