The connection between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline was not missed by the thousands of protesters who staked out territory in front of the White House over the last two weeks.
On Thursday several protesters brought up the connection between lobbyists with TransCanada, which owns the Keystone, and the former presidential candidate. Clinton, whose State Department gave the green light to TransCanada just a week ago, was actually dealing with familiar faces in the approval process. As pointed out in this video, as well as several other reports, the chief lobbyist working for TransCanada is Paul Elliot, who just so happens to have been a high level campaign operative for Clinton during her failed campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination against Barack Obama.
“TransCanada‘s lobbyists, of you look at how much money they are pouring into public relations and advertising it’s clear they are running the show and calling the shots, which is a sad state of affairs in Washington, DC.,” said Steve Horn of the DeSmogBlog, who was covering the protests in front of the White House on Thursday. Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben, who has been at the protests for a full two weeks pointed out that he still supports President Obama, though he says he is getting more skeptical by the hour that the administration will not step in to block the expansion of the Keystone XL.
“We are hopeful we are all wearing out Obama ’08 buttons on the other hand we are sitting outside his house and we know that too many tomes energy lobbyists have won out on these things,” said McKibben.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ0KuiRetRA&w=550&h=400]
The video posted above shows protesters making their voices heard during Thursday’s demonstrations. Despite the passion of the crowd almost ever protester made a point to mention the connection between Hilary Clinton and TransCanada.