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Wikileak: Clinton Told Oil Majors Environmentalism Is Russian Hoax

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In 2014, United States presidential candidate Hillary Clinton purportedly accused the Russians of running fake anti-fracking and environmentalist groups who were trying to upend major projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline.

According to Sputnik International, Wikileaks reportedly uncovered a paid-for speech made in 2014 by the former Secretary of State in front of an audience of “North American oil and natural gas tycoons.”

“We were up against Russia pushing oligarchs and others to buy media. We were even up against phony environmental groups, and I’m a big environmentalist, but these were funded by the Russians to stand against any effort, oh that pipeline, that fracking, that whatever will be a problem for you, and a lot of the money supporting that message was coming from Russia,” Clinton allegedly said.

Those words suggest that Hillary Clinton was aware of a Russian strategy to undermine fracking and oil in general in the U.S. back in 2014—a theory that had been raised by others in the past, including NATO, but denounced by Greenpeace, who touted the theory as “preposterous.” The theory is that Russia has long been trying to undermine U.S. energy efforts, including fracking and pipelines.

This is not the first time the Russian government has been accused of using propaganda to advance their own energy concerns in Europe: one revolves around territorial disputes in the Ukraine.

“Recent reports about the intention of the Italian company Eni to drill shale gas exploration wells in Ukraine were accompanied by an explosion of critical publications on environmental issues comparing shale gas production with the Chernobyl disaster,” according to an analysis in March by Stratfor.

According to WikiLeaks documents, Clinton has vigorously supported fracking in the past “…with the new technology known as fracking, we are truly on a path -- and it's not just United States; it's all of North America -- that will be net energy exporters assuming we do it right."

But beginning with the Democratic presidential primary, Clinton was quick to criticize fracking. In a March debate, Clinton claimed she would oppose the technique in local communities and states that were against it, if it causes pollution, or if the chemicals used aren’t disclosed.

“By the time we get through all of my conditions, I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place,” said Clinton in a 2016 Rally in Flint, Michigan.

By Erwin Cifuentes for Oilprice.com

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  • Stoffer on May 20 2017 said:
    Well, even if this is true. She never said environmentalism is a hoax. She said that the russians were trying to undermine some investments. That is a big difference and you are distorting the message.
  • James Rose on October 31 2016 said:
    I've searched Wikileaks, and can't find it.
  • Kr55 on October 11 2016 said:
    yeah, very misleading title.
  • Prashanta Dhakal on October 11 2016 said:
    She said SOME environmentalists had an agenda and were part of a Russian hoax. It's not hard to imagine how Russia could benefit from less oil and gas exploration/production in the US. She also said she was an environmentalist herself. Although her (at least lukewarm) support for fracking makes her a weak environmentalist in the eyes of many. The title of piece is misleading and an obvious click-bait. I find oilprice.com is generally objective in its reporting. This isn't one such instance.
  • JJMCL on October 11 2016 said:
    What we see here, and has yet to be identified by those in the major media that we are apparently supposed to listen to, is pure
  • Kr55 on October 10 2016 said:
    And people in the USA fund groups like this to stop Canada from building infrastructure to be able to sell their oil to people aside from the USA for huge discounts.

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