But if the Administration does nominate Susan Rice to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, I'll happily provide cover fire for Senator Thune or Senator Johnson to put a hold on Rice with this point: Susan Rice is rolling in dough from Canadian tar sands oil. She and her Canadian-born husband own $300K to $600K in TransCanada stock. The Rices got as much as $20K in income from that stock just last year. The State Department gets to issue the final decision on whether TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline moves forward.
Good night! Could the State Department be any more in the tank for Canadian oil?
If Rice comes for a confirmation hearing, Senator Thune should invite Bill McKibben and Jane Kleeb to testify:
Environmentalists quickly criticized the potential selection of Rice given her investments.
“It’s really amazing that they’re considering someone for secretary of State who has millions invested in these companies,” Bill McKibben told On Earth.
“[Keystone XL] would be one of the first decisions she would make, and she’s not qualified to make an unbiased decision,” said Jane Kleeb, executive director of the anti-pipeline group Bold Nebraska [Alex Guillen, "Susan Rice Holds TransCanada Stock," Politico, 2012.11.28].
It can't be that hard to find a skilled diplomat with such a blatant financial conflict of interest. Let's keep Rice out of the pipeline.