A recent Twitter post apparently authored by Hillary Clinton has received flak from both sides of the aisle. Her message, which touted the ostensible virtues of leaving America’s Arctic region untapped, was an apparent reaction to the Obama administration’s recent decision to allow limited oil drilling near the coast of Alaska.
The Arctic is a unique treasure. Given what we know, it’s not worth the risk of drilling. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 18, 2015
Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it is allowing Shell to recover oil from the region, leading the company to shoot for a completed well within the next couple of months. As Politico pointed out, Clinton’s tweet seems to “represent one of her clearest breaks to date with the Obama administration.”
Among the environmentalist wing of her party, opposing new domestic oil drilling might just earn her some additional support. It is clear by the responses to her Twitter post, however, that there are plenty who feel she is totally wrong on the issue.
Many cited her perceived credibility gap in questioning her commitment to the environment.
given what we know about you .@HillaryClinton no one actually believes that you give a hoot about the arctic or climate
— Z (@rebelZowsla) August 18, 2015
At least one critic, referencing evidence that the release of methane is linked to climate change, offered an alternate goal in Clinton’s mission to save the environment.
@HillaryClinton Quit farting, Hillary!
— MileHighConnections (@MileHighConnect) August 18, 2015
More than a few social media users wondered why Clinton would buck the Obama administration on this issue while keeping secret her position on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
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