Former House speaker Nancy Pelosi was widely derided for saying Congress had to pass Obamacare "so that you can find out what is in it."
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a town hall today in New Hampshire used the same logic when asked about the Keystone XL pipeline, which would deliver oil from Canada to refineries in the United States.
A New Hampshire voter asked: "As president, would you sign a bill, yes or no please, in favor of allowing they Keystone XL pipeline?"
Well (four second pause), as you know, I was the Secretary of State who started that process. I was the one who put into place the investigation, I have now passed it off, as obvious, cause I'm no longer there, to Secretary Kerry. This is President Obama's decision, and I am not going to second guess him, because I was in a position to set this in moition and I do not think that would be the right thing to do.
So, I want to wait and see what he and Secretary Kerry decide... if it's undecided when I become president, I will answer your question.
It's a bizarre response from a candidate who should know more about Keystone XL than any other candidate running for office, as she was secretary of state during the time the Canadian company was applying for approval from the agency she ran.
With hundreds of miles of shoreline and the world’s leading Navy and Coast Guard, the United States is the globe’s most logical stable exporter of energy. Too bad Congress effectively banned exports a generation ago. Lifting the ban won’t be enough to displace the Venezuelas and Irans of the market, though. Stifling regulation—and the threat of more to come—on the means of moving the products of innovative technology like fracking is a critical check on an otherwise burgeoning industry.
For a symbolic issue, the Keystone pipeline has sure caused a lot of damage—to Canadian-American relations, to Democrats, to President Obama. And it feeds, underscores, or reflects a variety of political divisions, some of them quite bitter.
The United State Senate voted down the Save Mary Landrieu Act of 2014 by one vote last night. Senator Landrieu had hoped to persuade her constituents in Louisiana that she could bring home the pork owing to her seniority and her savvy in the ways of Washington. She would get a pipeline bill passed into law; one that had been languishing in Washington for some six years during which nobody seemed terribly aware of her clout. The pipeline vote, though, would surely show them.
Detroit Countering the free-market political activism of the Koch brothers, green billionaire Thomas Steyer has pledged to spend $100 million in 2014 to elect an anti-carbon posse to Congress. Steyer’s litmus test is opposition to the import of Canadian crude oil through the Keystone pipeline—an issue on which the former San Francisco hedge-fund manager won a victory this spring when the Obama administration further delayed the pipeline’s construction after six years of study.
The Massachusetts state Republican party has a new ad highlighting Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's opposition to the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. "Keystone Pipeline Means Thousands More Jobs and Cheaper Gas," the text of the ad reads. "Yet, Warren Opposes It."
The Senate narrowly rejected a Republican-sponsored measure Thursday that would have bypassed the Obama administration's current objections to the Keystone XL pipeline and allowed construction on the controversial project to move forward immediately.