It’s good to see that Hillary Clinton has come out against the Keystone XL pipeline. About time she embraces sense.
But color me skeptical of her opposition. Based on her past and her seeming poll-driven marketing strategy, I think she’s too much the political insider. She’s been moved by big corporate interests before and she will be again and gladly so. She will continue to champion the causes of bags of money dressed up as people. At least she’s listened to some sense for the time being…or at least felt the burn of not listening.
Martin O’Malley’s comment on this is right. He wrote:
“On issue after issue — marriage equality, drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants, children fleeing violence 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.
“The American people want a President who will lead — not just someone who will tell them what they want to hear. On many of these issues, I staked out positions and got things done — even when they were politically unpopular. That’s what’s at stake in this election: the difference between conviction and convenience, and the gulf between actions and words.”
Clinton could have and should have led on Keystone. She has not. Perhaps we will see her work to craft a much more sensible national energy strategy that builds on her stated commitment to big investments into renewable energy, especially solar. But does she have the interest and will to push the fossil fuel industry back? She has tons of will. But I’m not convinced she has the interest.