“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, and unfortunately from my perspective one that interferes with our ability to move forward to deal with all the other issues,” Clinton said.
Brad Freidman during his BradCast show on radio Sputnik spoke about Clinton’s statement, saying that it was high time she came out with her opinion on this.
“She could have come out with this statement long ago. Senator Bernie Sanders responded in a statement saying that as he himself has been opposed to the pipeline since the beginning he welcomes Clinton’s response on the matter. Clearly it would have been absurd to encourage transportation of some of the dirtiest fossil fuels on the planet,” Freidman said during the show.
Freidman further added that democratic candidate Martin O’Malley accused Clinton of being slow to respond. He said, “On issue after issue such as marriage equality, driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, violence against children in Central America, the Syrian refugee crisis and now the keystone pipeline. Secretary Clinton has followed not forged public opinion. Leadership is about stating where you stand on critical issues regardless of how they poll or focus group.”
Freidman mentioned that the Republicans on the other hand are hitting back as they want this pipeline since many of their funders are in the fossil fuel industry, and they stand to gain from this.