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'This is President Obama's decision, I am not going to second-guess him'
August 2, 2015
With Hilary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign heating up, much of her energy has been focused on critical climate change issues currently facing the United States, and on a larger scale, the world.
On Monday, July 27, Clinton spent time in Des Moines, Iowa and unveiled a plan that detailed her specific ambitions as they pertain to climate change and renewable energy. The plan, which centers around the reliance on sun and wind energy (amongst others), looks to increase our nation's dependence on renewable energy from 7% today to 33% by 2027. One pillar in accomplishing her goal of powering every home in America with renewable energy includes the installation of half a billion solar panels nationwide.
While environmentalists like billionaire Tom Steyer and League of Conservation Voters Vice President Tiernan Sittenfield generally laud her intentions to set the bar high, many still balk at her seemingly deliberate aversion to questions regarding her stance on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project.
On Tuesday, July 28th, she traveled to Nashua, New Hampshire where she and a group of voters gathered at the town hall to have a dialogue on her candidacy. The pipeline matter, perhaps unsurprisingly, was brought to the forefront.
When directly asked by a voter in the audience if she would vote in favor of allowing the completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline, the former First Lady opted to defer judgment on the matter, stating, "This is President Obama's decision, and I am not going to second-guess him."
The Keystone XL Pipeline project carries with it a counterintuitive stigma for an environmentalist. If completed, the pipeline would act as a conduit for transporting up to 830,000 barrels of Canadian crude oil a day to the refineries of Gulf Coast. It doesn't come as much of a surprise that the project doesn't exactly scream like an endorsement for improving the environment, which is why there will come a time when Hillary has to face this issue head-on.