Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s relationship with the environmental movement has never exactly been the epitome of cordiality. At a campaign event in March, she blew up at a Greenpeace activist who asked her about her relationship with fossil fuel companies. Annoyed at the young woman’s question, she angrily pointed her finger at her and said she was “sick!” of the Bernie Sanders campaign lying about her. Now, thanks to WikiLeaks, we have proof that Clinton outright mocked green activists in her speeches to trade unions.
“I’m already at odds with the most organized and wildest” of the environmental movement, Clinton told building trades unions in September 2015, according to a transcript of the remarks apparently circulated by her aides. “They come to my rallies and they yell at me and, you know, all the rest of it. They say, ‘Will you promise never to take any fossil fuels out of the earth ever again?’ No. I won’t promise that. Get a life, you know.”…
In the same speech, Clinton goes on to promise her audience of trade union members she will defend fracking “in the right circumstances.”
Clinton gave the above speech in the same month she announced her opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, suggesting it was merely a politically opportune decision.
Green Party nominee Jill Stein has seemingly criticized Clinton much more often than Donald Trump in this election. In an epic Twitter rant on Friday, Stein told her supporters that Clinton’s nomination was merely disguised as democratic but was always a foregone conclusion by party operatives. The media is also to blame, she said, of aggressively propping up Clinton.
In this context, is not a bit odd that Clinton has the audacity to let Al Gore, perhaps the most famous environmentalist in the country, speak on her behalf on the campaign trail?