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Politico: “Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer going big in Virginia governor’s race”


Excellent news!

Tom Steyer, the environmentalist billionaire who has mounted a national campaign opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, has directed his political operation to spend heavily in the Virginia governor’s race in support of Democrat Terry McAuliffe, POLITICO has learned.

Steyer, a California-based financier, instructed advisers on Friday to launch television ads starting this week. The paid-media blitz from his group, NextGen Climate Action, will be the opening salvo in what’s expected to be a much larger effort aimed at mobilizing and turning out climate-oriented voters in a key off-year gubernatorial race.

I’m very much looking forward to Ken Cuccinelli being outed as the stooge for the Koch brothers, CONSOL, etc. that he is. Also, it’s long past time that energy and environmental issues rose to the top of Virginians’ – and Americans’ – agenda. Yes, other things are important too, but NONE of it will matter if we don’t have a planet we can live on. Which is exactly what will happen, in the not-too-distant future, if we follow Ken Cuccinelli’s preferred course of action: burn every last drop, lump, or gas molecule until the planet is fried to a crisp, as long as the Koch brothers, etc. become exceedingly wealthy in doing so. As for everyone else (and every other species – aka, “god’s creation,” as many religious people, Ken Cuccinelli excepted, believe)? Screw them, basically – that’s Cuccinelli’s attitude.

P.S. For some video of Tom Steyer speaking at the pro-clean-energy, pro-climate-action, anti-Keystone-tar-sands-pipeline rally on the Mall last winter, see the video.  

  • ToddSmyth

    Glad to see this and I keep running into a common argument (talking point) about the XL pipeline and tar sands oil from Libertarianish moderate/independents that: Increasing the oil supply, regardless of how expensive it is or where it comes from, will reduce the price of gas and this is a basic economic principle (supply side economics). I cut that argument apart by pointing out the oil industry (and OPEC) is rigged specifically to prevent this from happening and they tend to accept this because they are just choosing to overlook that little detail. Follow up with: The only way to do what you are talking about is to increase the amount of alternative sources of energy like wind, solar, geothermal, efficiency etc. These are much more difficult for oil and coal industries to rig.

  • ToddSmyth

    The massive oil industry subsidies are not in place to protect us by keeping gas prices down. They keep profits high and keep us addicted to oil. Wind and solar prices have dropped dramatically just in the last few years and they will continue to get better. Keep in mind, if we had the same oil infrastructure we had back in 1940, gas would be over $70 per gallon today. As long as oil and coal industry maintain a monopoly on energy sources,energy prices will stay high.

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