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Fri Jan 30, 2015, 02:58 AM

242. I strongly doubt you'll see that happen anytime soon.

First, she should keep her effing mouth SHUT about the topic (which IS what she is doing) for as long as she can while her former boss is in office. That's what a LOYAL former SecState does. Also, if Obama finishes on a high note, he'll be an asset to her on the campaign trail.

Obama has made his decision about this pipeline, for now. But what if he changes his mind? Realistically this is not gonna happen....but who knows what the future might bring? If Putin goes crazy and launches WW3, we'll need petroleum products, for example--unlikely, but never say never.

People will create dramas about what HE said, and what SHE said, and the dramas will be complete lies, but the bottom line is this--she worked on the project, she discussed it with the POTUS, and the POTUS has made a decision. It's not for her to start stirring the Keystone pot while her boss is still in office.

Second, there are people in Congress who want the thing, and people who don't. They're on both sides of the aisle too (we do have states that are very "invested" in the oil industry, still). No sense in ticking those people off any sooner than needs must--some of 'em are bound to be disappointed.

Hillary Clinton spent several years as the nation's top diplomat--she knows how to take a diplomatic stance, AND to stay loyal to her former boss to the extent she can manage so long as he's sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office. In fact, that might be part of what's behind her decision to delay announcing-- she doesn't want to spend a lot of time focusing on differences (and there will, inevitably, be a few--there always are...see Gore after Bill Clinton, e.g.) when Obama is in his Lame Duck/To Hell With You Congress last two years.

These comments from back in November don't sound, to me, like she was in love with the idea:

“I can’t really comment at great length because I had responsibility for it and it’s been passed on and it wouldn’t be appropriate, but I hope that Canadians appreciate that the United States government — the Obama administration — is trying to get it right,” she continued. “And getting it right doesn’t mean you will agree or disagree with the decision but that it will be one based on the best available evidence and all of the complex local, state, federal, interlocking laws and concerns.”
...she said of the pipeline: “This is an issue that has become a proxy for everything … it is truly, deeply held opposing positions and people who are for it are adamant that it is necessary and not only necessary but salutary and does help to lead to a closer energy relationship between our two countries.
“People who are against it believe it has to be stopped because, when will we ever make the pivot away from fossil fuels if we don’t stop now(?)” she continued.
Clinton went on to note that people on both sides of the issue “may have some facts and not others,” even though they may be making their cases “in good faith.”


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/hillary-clinton-keystone-pipeline-no-comment-107899.html#ixzz3QHzfXrRL

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