December 04, 2017

Hillary Clinton Refused To Take A Stance On Yucca Mountain

What (Really) Happened, Day #17

When she first ran for president in 2008, Hillary Clinton made it as clear as possible that she opposed the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in Nevada.

Trying to one-up her opponents, she criticized the facility as “reckless” and “misguided” and claimed that she was “working with Harry Reid to try to starve it to death” in the U.S. Senate.

But it was clear at the time (and later) that she had no real convictions about the proposal, which most Democratic primary voters vehemently oppose.

By June 2015 — this time her second run for president — Clinton was already refusing to say where she stood, and Jon Ralston called her out for equivocating on an issue that she had made a staple of her previous campaign.


RALSTON: I doubt I’ll get a yes or no on this, either, but I’m going to try: Is Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste dump off the table in a Hillary Clinton administration?

CLINTON: Well, it is off the table based on what I know right now. It’s off the table based on all of . . .

RALSTON: You’re equivocating now.

CLINTON: No, I’m not, because I was against it based on the research that was made available. (. . .)

RALSTON: You’re not keeping it completely off the table? You’ll keep it in mind if new information comes to light?

CLINTON: Well, it’s off the table now based on what I know. I think science is always changing. (. . .)


If you want to know why Bernie Sanders voters never trusted Hillary Clinton on energy policy, this interview will give you a good idea.