Environmental groups are hailing Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline as a turning point in the fight against climate change.
Clinton’s pronouncement as she campaigns for the nomination is a reversal of her previous stance on the project that would link the Alberta oilsands to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
“It’s a tribute to grassroots activism that she has now said ‘I’m against this project and I’m against this project on climate grounds,’” says Keith Stewart, a climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace Canada. “That’s a huge shift.”
Tanking oil prices have helped, Stewart says, “but this is primarily a victory of the climate movement.”
In 2010, as secretary of state, Clinton said she was inclined to approve the pipeline proposed by TransCanada Corp.
“We’re either going to be dependent on dirty oil from the Gulf or dirty oil from Canada,” she said at the time.
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