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Spend Green, Get Green?

Tom Steyer is wading into the forest of politics again, focusing on the 2017 race for Governor of Virginia.

Steyer prefers to harvest current Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam to better control the citizens across the country (Steyer, a billionaire ex-hedge fund manager, lives in San Francisco).

Hillary fundraiser and current oily governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe (below), is ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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Terry ran Hillary’s failed 2008 presidential bid and has a rather checkered past:

Hillary Quilts; Associates Don’t Quit

A recent photo of the progressive policy pusher from Washington Post.

Steyer’s group NextGen America will reportedly pump $100 million into fighting climate change (time period unspecified, but remember this is life or death), including $2 million towards electing Northam.

Labor vs. Climate

At issue are two natural gas pipelines scheduled to pass through Virginia. Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillepsie says full steam ahead on those. But Northam (below), to Steyer’s chagrin, is cowering behind the line that the pipelines’ fate should be decided by federal regulators.

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“Hi I’m here to be your Governor and by the way decisions for this great state will actually be made by Washington!”

Also, Washington Post reports:

A sponsor of one of the pipelines is Dominion Energy, Virginia’s largest corporate political donor. Northam owns shares in the company, and has also accepted campaign contributions from Dominion.

Steyer is cool with Northam being a pussy who folds to special interests, however, because 1). Steyer himself is sort of a special interest, with that kind of money, and 2). Northam has, per Steyer, suggested “the pipeline [sic] […] will be subject to the toughest possible environmental review.”

Also, Steyer told the Post [our emphasis]:

“We think [Northam] is much much better than Mr. Gillespie on environmental policies in general.”

Confidence!

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Steyer’s focus this year is to mobilize deadbeat “millennial” voters, who tend to care more about climate change but usually don’t vote. The battle plan includes an invasion of 25 Virginia college campuses, as well as an online campaign for Millennials not enrolled in the education-industrial complex.

According to Washington Post, Steyer dropped a cool $8,000,000 via NextGen to help elect McAuliffe by just over 50,000 votes. Per Wikipedia, this was the first Virginia gubernatorial in which no candidate secured a majority of votes. Likely because Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis commanded 146,000 votes for 6.5% of the total.

2017 Libertarian candidate Cliff Hyra was not acknowledged by Washington Post, which is pretty much par for the highly-taxed, reclaimed water-irrigated, liberal billionaire-frequented golf course of the two-sides-only partisan politics powwow into which the nation has devolved.

Thanks to our source:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/democratic-megadonor-tom-steyer-to-spend-2-million-in-virginia-governors-race/2017/08/21/0f2486a2-81fc-11e7-902a-2a9f2d808496_story.html?utm_term=.c0051e2b2497

Labor vs. Climate

Union Members Demand AFO-CIO Dissolve Partnership with Eco-Freak Tom Steyer’s PAC

The Hill reports that seven unions of the AFL-CIO have written president Richard Trumka to pull out of a $50 million fundraising project with the For Our Future PAC associated with billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer (above).

For Our Future has pledged to raise $50 million to elect a Democratic president in November.

The signers included Sean McGarvey, president of Building and Construction Trades; Terry O’Sullivan, president of Laborers’ International Union of North America; James Callahan, president of the International Union of Operating Engineers; William Hite, president of the United Association Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and Service Technicians; Frank Christensen of the International Union of Elevator Constructors; Kinsey Robinson of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers & Allied Workers; James “Bud” McCourt of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers; and Daniel Stepano, of the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association.

Together, these groups represent 1.5 million union workers.

They decried the “big tent strategy” fighting climate change, noting proposed regulations came with  “mixed results at best and disastrous results at worst for our members and their employment prospects.”

The union reps added they were not “climate science deniers” but had to stay committed to “core interests” of their members.

The New York Times reported last month that Steyer will invest a minimum of $25 million in “get out the vote” efforts through another PAC he apparently operates, NextGen Climate.

NYT notes that young voters are more concerned with climate change, but less likely to actually vote.

“As I traveled around the country in the 2014 election cycle, I saw that young voters care deeply about climate change, but what they haven’t been is as engaged in the electoral process as older Americans,” Steyer told reporters.

He plans to target college and university campuses this election as opposed to the TV ads he backed in swing states two years ago.

Mr. Steyer was the largest individual donor in the 2014 midterm elections, laying down $74 million. He backed 7 Democratic candidates for Senate. Three won.

The dominant issue then was opposing the Keystone Pipeline. After several years of debate, Obama vetoed the pipeline in February 2015.

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/280066-afl-cio-rift-opens-over-green-mega-donor-tom-steyer