Former president Bill Clinton, husband of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has embraced construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which will transport eight billion tons of greenhouse pollution over its fifty-year lifetime. Speaking at the Department of Energy’s Energy Innovation Summit, Clinton advised that TransCanada should reroute the pipeline around Nebraska’s Sand Hills so that the risky project could start making oil company profits as quickly as possible:
The extra cost of running it is infinitesimal compared to the revenues. I think we should embrace it and develop a stakeholder-driven system of high standards for doing the work.
Clinton’s support for the pipeline is in line with the public stance of the Obama administration, which just endorsed TransCanada’s plan to build the southern leg of the project. The Oklahoma-to-Texas line would ship tar sands crude to Gulf Coast refineries for tax-free export to the foreign market.