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Clinton voices opposition to the Keystone pipeline

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton put energy issues front and centre on the campaign trail in September

“I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone pipeline as what I believe it is: a distraction from the important work we have to do to combat climate change,” Clinton told supporters at a campaign stop in Iowa on 22 September. “Therefore, I oppose it.” Candidate Clinton’s opposition to the pipeline, which would carry 0.83m barrels/day (b/d) of crude from Canada’s oil sands to the US, surprised many as it stood in contrast to secretary of state Clinton’s cautious support for the project in 2010. “We’re either going to be dependent on dirty oil from the Gulf or dirty oil from Canada,” she said at the time. That position had led many to assume Clinton would approve Keystone XL if elec

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