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Hillary Dodges On Keystone… Again

• October 6, 2014 4:10 pm

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dodged another question about the Keystone XL pipeline during a question-and-answer session at the Canada 2020 conference in Ottawa Monday.

Moderator Victor Dodig said he had received requests from fellow Canadians to ask Clinton about her position on Keystone, which they see as vital to Canada's energy security. Clinton laughed at the mention of Keystone.

"Well, you know, I can't really talk about it, because I was in the office that has primary responsibility for making the decision," Clinton said. "I don't want to inject myself into what is a continuing process or to, in any way, undermine my successor as he tries to make this decision."

Clinton pushed the issue to the side and said regardless of what happens with the decision to construct the pipeline, the U.S. and Canada have to do more to "harmonize and connect" their respective energy grids.

"There is so much we're already doing together in energy," Clinton said. "I mean, this is one pipeline. There are dozens of pipelines that cross our border, bringing energy every single day."

Clinton quickly shifted to the issue of clean energy and said although the U.S. is the world's top producer of oil and gas, there is still a lot of work to be done on moving away from fossil fuels.

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