Hillary Quiet on Keystone Pipeline Issue

Amid the chorus of Democrats opposing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, one prominent voice has been missing.

Hillary Clinton, the leading candidate for the party's presidential nomination in 2016, has refrained from making clear her opinions on the issue, Bloomberg noted.

The Senate last week defeated the pipeline by a razor-thin margin, falling one vote short of the 60 "ayes" needed. The proposal will be subject to another vote next year, when Republicans hold the Senate majority.

If the measure passes both houses of Congress, the future of the pipeline will depend on whether President Obama uses his veto pen. Though he has indicated that he opposes the project, some pundits have suggested he could use the issue as a bargaining chip.

Clinton, the former New York senator and secretary of state, "has stayed particularly quiet about whether she supports constructing the 1,179-mile pipeline to transport oil sands from Alberta to Gulf Coast refineries," Bloomberg reported.

In a June interview with the Globe and Mail, a Canadian newspaper, Clinton said:

"This particular decision is a very difficult one because there are so many factors at play. I can't really comment at great length ... but I hope that Canadians appreciate that the United States government, the Obama administration, is trying to get it right."

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