Billionaire Tom Steyer to run yet another deceptive anti-Keystone ad to bookend the SOTU

posted at 9:01 pm on January 27, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

I realize this is my second Keystone XL-related post of the day, and I don’t mean to beat you all over the head with the subject — but this is really just too ludicrously facepalm-worthy to let pass without comment.

Self-fancied “green” activist and billionaire Tom Steyer has made it his personal mission to commandeer the eco-radical movement’s wildly misbegotten crusade against the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline route (see my debunkings of the serial installments of his “The [Mis]Truth about Keystone” ad campaign from last September for more on that), but the guy is out with yet another painfully trumped-up rendition of an anti-pipeline ad that purports to hit viewers with “the facts” that really just come across as more of non sequiturs:

“It’s a sucker punch to America’s heartland. The deeper we dig into the Keystone XL pipeline, the closer we get to the truth. China’s become one of the biggest players in Canadian oil. Chinese government-backed interests have invested $30 billion in Canadian tar sands development, and China just bought one of Canada’s largest producers.” Man, you really seem to hate China a lot for a big-government progressive that tends to support the unsustainable spending policies that keep us in debt up to our eyeballs, and China one of the biggest players in that American debt. $1.317 trillion of it, to be exact. “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. TransCanada’s ads say the oil will help make America energy independent, but under oath, TransCanada won’t commit to selling us one single barrel.” Guess the country from which we import the most oil? Canada. By a long shot. Why we want to maliciously limit the opportunities of one of our biggest trading partners and allies, I don’t quite understand. Also, the Keystone XL pipeline would transport oil from Canada as well as the seat of our own shale revolution in North Dakota. We need more pipeline running through America’s heartland to support our domestic oil-and-gas boom just as much as Canada does. “The oil lobbyists and politicians — they take Americans for suckers. Keystone means more profit for investors like China, more power for their economy, and more carbon pollution for the world. Keystone’s a sucker’s deal for America. Just say no to Keystone.” Besides the increased use of rail that both Canadian and American producers have been employing to ship their wares to Gulf Coast refineries, Canada is already making quick moves to expand their pipeline capacity toward their own west coast. Read: Their oil sands will be shipped to Asia, with our without our involvement. Denying the Keystone XL pipeline will therefore not reduce carbon emissions, not prevent that oil from going to China, and only cut off our own noses to spite our collective face in the process.

Politico reports, however, that the ad is meant to run nationally on MSNBC just before and after President Obama’s State of the Union address tomorrow night. I.e., this latest endeavor of Steyer’s is hardly meant to sincerely change hearts and minds so much as it is to galvanize MSNBC’s already progressive-leaning audience and to whip any and all available legions into the appropriate furor for their big climate-change-minded push against the president’s oh-so-treacherous “all of the above” energy platform. …Good luck with that.

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Some information about Tom Steyer’s recent political activities in San Francisco:

Billionaire activist Tom Steyer has invested millions of dollars to argue that climate change is “the defining issue of our time” and that blocking construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is pivotal to the nation’s environmental health and future.

On Wednesday, Steyer will have a priceless opportunity to raise the pipeline issue with President Obama, who will be a guest in his San Francisco home for a Democratic Party campaign fundraiser.

Steyer and his wife, Kat Taylor, will host the president at a $5,000-a-head fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee – one of two political fundraisers that Obama will headline Wednesday on his first trip to the Bay Area since the 2012 election.

That’s one reason, the hedge fund manager said, that he is hosting Obama for the Wednesday fundraiser in his home.

We want to support Nancy (Pelosi) as much as we can,” he said of the House minority leader from San Francisco, who wants the Democrats to win 17 more seats in 2014 and take back the House of Representatives.

wren on January 27, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Once again, the stupid party has no clue. If they really want this to happen, why don’t they tell the American public what it means. More people working, more domestic oil, less imported oil, more natural gas (with lower CO2 emissions than coal, which will make electricity cheaper) and more exports of LNG, which will lower our trade deficit.

Now I’m not an expert and just came up with those off the top of my head. My understanding is the Koch Brothers are not in favor of this either, which should give the Democrats reason to cheer. The point is that it would be good for the country. The problem is Obama says nothing and his supporters are out there lying through their teeth, with no response from the Republicans.

bflat879 on January 27, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Smart Power!

Mimzey on January 27, 2014 at 9:27 PM

1,700 miles. How many are there already?

We need to stomp on some necks. We are in a dangerous place when these loons have this much power.

wolly4321 on January 27, 2014 at 9:32 PM

If they really want this to happen, why don’t they tell the American public what it means.
bflat879 on January 27, 2014 at 9:24 PM

It would be like being accused of a crime you didn’t commit, yet would offer no defense and offer no evidence. It can only mean a few things. One would be cowardice and passivity..another may be ignorance, and one might be that you are offered something in return that is worth the punishment.

Mimzey on January 27, 2014 at 9:32 PM

the ad is meant to run nationally on MSNBC just before and after President Obama’s State of the Union address tomorrow night.

…so…how many people is that?

KOOLAID2 on January 27, 2014 at 9:35 PM

wren on January 27, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Think the San Francisco activists attacking buses taking Google workers from their homes in the city to their jobs south of town because of ‘income inequality’ will ever pull the same sort of stunt on ueber-1 percenter Tom Steyer? Me neither. Tom’s basically the Bay Area’s younger version of George Soros with the same free pass from the activist left, because he’s to them what Jeff Davis was to Wendy (and it would be fun to peek at Tom’s portfolio to see if he has any hedge bets against companies marketing Canadian tar sands oil or if he’s all in with the stock of Keystone’s rail competitor in the un-built area of the pipeline, BNSF).

jon1979 on January 27, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Billionaire Tom Steyer to run yet another deceptive anti-Keystone ad to bookend the SOTU

The PTB won’t let this go through unless they feel they’ve squeezed enough from it. They look at how much money the Keystone interests stand to make and simply want their cut and it would seem they’re not getting it?

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 27, 2014 at 10:28 PM

MSNBC’s already progressive-leaning audience

Is Erika practicing for some sort of understatement contest, or something? Progressive-leaning audience?!

Jaibones on January 28, 2014 at 3:50 AM

It would be only fair if Mr Steyer was forced to wait, at least twice each day, at railroad crossings for 100-car trains of tank cars loaded with crude oil from Alberta and North Dakota.

In fact, since he’s so incredibly wealthy, he can afford to wait four or six times each and every day.

J Baustian on January 28, 2014 at 12:34 PM

I bet this will really influence the 9 people watching MSNBC

scboy on January 28, 2014 at 2:43 PM