Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has publicly disagreed with the Obama administration’s stance on oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean by using social media to fully endorse her own position.
“The Arctic is a unique treasure,” Clinton wrote on her Twitter account. “Given what we know, it’s not worth the risk.”
Clinton’s position immediately received criticism from her Republican rivals.
“Wrong,” Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush responded directly to Clinton’s initial statement. “Being more anti-energy than Obama is extreme. We should embrace energy revolution to lower prices & create US jobs.”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also directly replied to Clinton’s tweet, saying, “Still waiting to hear your position on Keystone. #AnswerTheQuestion.” Christie’s Keystone reference is referring to the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have transported oil more quickly from Canada to the U.S. but may have had negative environmental impact. President Barack Obama vetoed the project in January.
Clinton has yet to comment with her views on the pipeline, which has angered Republicans and environmentally friendly Democrats who are more connected with clean energy and environmental issues. Moreover, her Democratic opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, is seen as the favorite of the left-wing of the Democratic Party; Clinton’s tweet may have been a way to win over some of the support that Sanders currently receives.
On Aug. 17, the Obama administration approved a project for Shell Oil to drill for oil and gas in Alaska’s Chukchi’s Sea for the first time since 2012. Even though Clinton’s tweet opposing the administration’s decision made headlines, her stance on the issue has been the same since she began her second presidential campaign earlier this year.
“I will be talking about drilling in general, but I am skeptical about whether or not we should give the go-ahead to drill in the Arctic,” she said in an interview with a New Hampshire television station in July, Politico noted.