One of the "best things" about being out of office is that "you can say whatever the heck you want." At least according to former President Bill Clinton, who said the federal government should in fact "embrace" the Keystone XL pipeline that the Obama administration rejected last month.
"One of the most amazing things to me about this Keystone pipeline deal is that they ever filed that route in the first place since they could’ve gone around the Nebraska Sandhills and avoided most of the danger, no matter how imagined, to the Ogallala with a different route, which I presume we’ll get now, because the extra cost of running it is infinitesimal compared to the revenues that will be generated over a long period of time," Clinton said during his keynote address at the Energy Innovation Summit Wednesday.
“So, I think we should embrace it and develop a stakeholder-driven system of high standards for doing the work.”
Daily Caller's Nicholas Ballasy provides the video and adds:
Clinton’s wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, would have to approve the pipeline since it crosses international borders.
In his remarks, Mr. Clinton mentioned the advantages of not occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. [...]
Toward the end of his speech, Clinton joked, “We are left with a time of real excitement here that probably won’t make the front page of the Washington Post tomorrow unless I say something outrageous which will embarrass the Secretary of State.”
But while getting to say whatever you want may be nice, Clinton did note the irony that "one of the saddest things about being a former president is that nobody necessarily cares what you say anymore..."