“I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone pipeline as what I believe it is—a distraction from important work we have to do on climate change,” Hillary Clinton recently told a community forum in Des Moines, Iowa.
Does distraction mean the pipeline offers the “kind of jobs versus rich green donor issue” that can be problematical for Democrats? It comes as no surprise that Hillary does not want to buck the donor base of the Democratic left as she attempts to narrow the running room and funding base for V.P. Joe Biden, should he run, writes the WSJ.
Her move also highlights how government control over energy production in the name of climate change has become the main priority for the Democratic left. With health care increasingly an arm of the state, and higher education getting there as a new entitlement, limiting fossil fuels is the next great progressive frontier. If you want less North American energy production and higher electricity and transportation costs, Mrs. Clinton is saying that she’s your candidate.
Read more from the WSJ here.