Clinton opposes construction of Keystone XL pipeline
DES MOINES, Iowa - Hillary Rodham Clinton is breaking her longstanding silence over the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, saying at a campaign stop in Iowa that she opposes the controversial project.
Clinton says the project has been a distraction and she doesn't believe it's in the best interests of "what we need to do to combat climate change."
The former secretary of state had previously said she shouldn't take a position on the issue, saying she didn't want to interfere with the Obama administration's deliberations.
But she has expressed her impatience in recent weeks over the pipeline decision, which is vigorously opposed by environmental activists.
Clinton announced her decision moments after Pope Francis arrived in Washington at the start of a closely watched visit to the United States.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
News 2 Geaux: I-10 E closed to truckers in St. Charles Parish
News 2 Geaux: DCFS reports busy DSNAP phone lines
Funding for Bayou Manchac project to be introduced to Metro Council Wednesday
News 2 Geaux: One injured in Superdome roof fire
After summer of rescues and drownings, Livingston Parish outlines ordinance for river...