Hillary Clinton Breaks Silence on Keystone Pipeline: ‘I Oppose It’

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held a campaign event in Des Moines Tuesday to push her plan to combat high prescription drug costs, but she upstaged that news by finally saying she opposes the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project.

“I oppose it,” Clinton told several hundred people in the Moulton Elementary School gym.

Environmentalists have long pushed Clinton to oppose the plan, which they feel could endanger the environment and worsen climate change. The pipeline would carry hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil from Canada through the United States.

But unions want the project approved by the Obama administration to bring the potential of thousands of jobs.

For months, Clinton has refused to take a stance on the matter, citing her previous work as U.S. Secretary of State. That refusal has brought strong criticism from Democratic opponents Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley. 

But Tuesday, a woman in the crowd at her Des Moines campaign event asked Clinton’s position. And this time, Clinton answered.

She called the project, “A distraction from the important work we have to do to combat climate change, and, unfortunately from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward and deal with other issues.”

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