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  •  Hillary had nothing to do with this? (8+ / 0-)

    At the heart of this scandal is the fact that the oil industry hired former top staffers for Hillary Clinton to lobby the State Department. The inappropriately close relationship Hillary and her staff had with the oil industry his how we got these bogus studies.

    Given her status as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, it's irresponsible to whitewash her name from the record of this embarrassing scandal.

    •  Exactly! This whole thing didn't just ... (4+ / 0-)

      appear out of the blue yesterday.  All these reports came under Hillary's watch.  She could have already disapproved it.  Trying to blame Kerry for it, at this point, is absolute bullshit.  He's only been Secretary of State since February 1st.

      Now, Kerry has the obligation to hold everything about this up for review. New, unbiased and thorough reports/surveys/tests need to be done and he has every right to order those.

      I'm watching him and Obama very closely on this one.  I've been a big fan of Obama but this one issue may change that forever.

      To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men. -Abraham Lincoln

      by Eyesbright on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 03:38:38 PM PDT

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    •  Wait a second (0+ / 0-)

      Friends of the Earth pried a bunch of e-mails out of the State Dept. about Keystone XL.  The articles I read about those e-mails never claimed there was any evidence that Hillary was involved in greasing the pipeline review.

      Yes, a former aide became a lobbyist for the pipeline.  That's the only link I've seen, and where is the evidence he even spoke to her about this?

      So yes, Hillary had nothing to do with it, according to what I've seen.

      I know Keystone is the overarching issue in a lot of the commentors' lives, but I doubt if it dominated Hillary's time, given the multitudes of other pressing issues for a Secretary of State.

      Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

      by 6412093 on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 05:17:04 PM PDT

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      •  So (0+ / 0-)

        You're suggesting Hillary had no idea what her staff were doing on one of the most visible, controversial issues her office was dealing with? And was unaware that a contractor for the oil industry was writing the environmental impact report?
        That seems unlikely. And if true, would not reflect well on her abilities as an administrative leader.

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