Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Left pressures Clinton for position on pipeline

At The Hill by Timothy Cama,

Hillary Clinton is coming under increasing pressure from progressives to oppose the Dakota Access
oilpipeline.

Nearly a month after the Obama administration halted its consideration of an easement for the project, activists want to know why the Democratic presidential nominee has remained silent.

Polls show Clinton is struggling to win over millennial supporters of her former rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has come out in strong opposition to the North Dakota-to-Illinois pipeline. American Indians say the project would endanger water supplies for people of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

Environmentalists have compared the Dakota Access project to the Keystone XL pipeline and are warning Clinton that her continued silence will have consequences. They argue that her opposition to the project could bolster support among young voters.

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