Steyer Set to Rally Senate Dems Around Opposition to Keystone

SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 08: Tom Steyer speaks at Global Green USA's Millennium Awards at Fairmont Miramar Hotel on June 8, 2013 in Santa Monica, California benefiting the places, the people and the planet in need.
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Clare Foran
Feb. 19, 2014, 1:31 a.m.

Bil­lion­aire en­vir­on­ment­al act­iv­ist Tom Stey­er is set to rally Sen­ate Demo­crats on Wed­nes­day in sup­port of his anti-Key­stone XL push with the mes­sage that op­pos­i­tion to the pipeline will win votes in the midterm elec­tions, The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ports.

Stey­er plans to de­liv­er this mes­sage at a fun­draiser held at his home in San Fran­cisco. Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id, D-Nev., is slated to at­tend along with Sens. Shel­don White­house, D-R.I., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Ben Cardin, D-Md., and oth­er Demo­crats from the up­per cham­ber.

At the event, Stey­er, the founder of the polit­ic­al ac­tion com­mit­tee Nex­t­Gen Cli­mate Ac­tion and an out­spoken crit­ic of the pipeline, which would bring crude oil from Al­berta, Canada, to Gulf Coast re­finer­ies, will share the res­ults of a pub­lic-opin­ion poll in­dic­at­ing that Amer­ic­ans are con­cerned that crude moved through the pipeline could be shipped over­seas to coun­tries like China.

Last month, Nex­t­Gen Cli­mate Ac­tion sponsored a tele­vi­sion ad buy on MS­N­BC titled “Suck­er Punch.

“Chinese gov­ern­ment-backed in­terests have in­ves­ted $30 bil­lion in Ca­na­dian tar sands de­vel­op­ment,” the ad states. “They’re count­ing on the U.S. to ap­prove Tran­sCanada’s pipeline to ship oil through Amer­ica’s heart­land and out to for­eign coun­tries like theirs.”


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