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  • Global Warming, Empty Gestures

    12/18/2014 6:37:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    I have a theory as to why Americans don't worry all that much about global warming: High-profile purveyors of climate change don't push for reductions in greenhouse gases so much as focus on berating people who do not agree with their opinions. They call themselves champions of "the science" yet focus on ideology more than tangible results. Their language is downright evangelical. Recently, science guy Bill Nye joined other experts who objected to the media's use of the term "climate skeptic." They released a statement that concluded, "Please stop using the word 'skeptic' to describe deniers." Deniers? Like Judas? Why,...
  • The Ferguson Grand Jury Meets the Liberal Science Deniers

    11/29/2014 7:52:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | November 29, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    The media calls climate change skeptics “anti-science.” Over at MSNBC the Republican Party is referred to as the “anti-science party.” CNN headlined the news that the so-called “Green Billionaire” Tom Steyer was throwing millions of millions against this year’s Republican candidates in Senate races who were “anti-science.” (Steyer’s results were disastrous, but another story for another time.) In fact, Google “anti-science” and up pops an endless stream of left-wing outlets castigating someone somewhere on the right for being “anti-science” or “science deniers” and so on and on. From the cable air waves to the cyber or printed pages, outlets with...
  • Pelosi, Reid, Obama: Hey, it’s business as usual for us

    11/07/2014 2:00:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | November 7, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    Election results? We don’t need no stinkin’ election results. If Barack Obama sounded defiant — as well as out of touch with reality — in his post-election press conference, the rest of Democratic leadership hardly sounds any more aware. Nancy Pelosi signaled full steam ahead for another term as leader of the House Democratic caucus, but Politico reports that some members wonder when Pelosi and her clique will take a hint from voters … but probably not enough of them to matter: No Democrat is gearing up to challenge Nancy Pelosi in public, but behind the scenes some Democrats are...
  • U.S. Mid-Terms, Tom Steyer and the Death of 'Climate Change' As a Serious Political Issue

    11/06/2014 5:34:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/06/14 | James Delingpole
    There are many reasons to celebrate the Republican party surge in the US mid-term elections but for me they boil down to two words: "Tom" and "Steyer." If you had to pick one person who embodied everything that is most irritating and wrong about the Obama administration - the Solyndra-style crony capitalism, the war on free markets, small business and cheap energy, the hypocrisy, the injustice, the dogged pursuit of suicidal leftist causes - then liberal billionaire Tom Steyer is your man. And this is what is so good about the US mid-term results. Not only did they personally cost...
  • Democrat Billionaire Tom Steyer May Have Blown $74 Million on Elections

    11/05/2014 6:58:31 AM PST · by bigbob · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-4-14 | Wynton Hall
    Democrat hedge fund billionaire and global warming activist Tom Steyer spent $74 million on Tuesday's midterm elections, making him this election season's single-largest donor. Almost $67 million of Steyer's campaign war chest was spent on his super PAC, NextGen Climate Action, reports Forbes. However, as The Hill points out, Steyer's big money spending spree may garner him one of the hedge fund titan's most middling returns to date. In Colorado, Steyer's super PAC has spent $7 million against GOP Senate candidate Rep. Cory Gardner and $421,202 for Democrat Sen. Mark Udall. The RealClearPolitics average of polls has Gardner up 2.5%....
  • Green Billionaire Tom Steyer Leaves Campaign Stop in Gas-Guzzling Suburban (Video)

    10/27/2014 8:18:27 PM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    Progressives Today ^ | October 23, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Tom Steyer and Martin O’Malley leave the Superdome in a gas-guzzler Billionaire Dem donor Tom Steyer wants you to pay more for your heating and electricity. Meanwhile, he’s traveling to various campaign stops in a gas guzzling Chevy Suburban. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAFWjKxK2FUGreen Billionaire Tom Steyer Leaves Campaign Stop in Gas-Guzzling Suburban (Video) Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 11:59 am Tom Steyer and Martin O’Malley leave the Superdome in a gas-guzzler Billionaire Dem donor Tom Steyer wants you to pay more for your heating and electricity. Meanwhile, he’s traveling to various campaign stops in a gas guzzling Chevy...
  • Steyer Climate Change Super-PAC Targets Colorado's Gardner On Personhood

    10/25/2014 7:47:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/24/2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Billionaire Tom Steyer’s climate change super-PAC, NextGen Climate Action, has targeted Colorado Republican U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner for his support of a “personhood” measure that would give legal rights to humans beginning at conception.
  • NextGen challenges climate skeptics in final midterm push

    10/25/2014 10:23:41 AM PDT · by Redcat · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/14/14 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Billionaire Tom Steyer's political group NextGen Climate is going to try to shame climate skeptics into changing their stance on global warming in a final midterm push before November. NextGen is running a "science denier week" with events planned in the Senate and gubernatorial races it is involved in across the country. "Today we are issuing a specific challenge to deniers, giving them one last time to come clean before voters vote," said Chris Lehane, Steyer's top adviser. The "Stone Age Challenge" will ask candidates if they want to "protect the communities you represent" or "continue to support caveman-like policies...
  • RNC Attacks Liberal ‘Haircut Strategy’ as ‘Voter Suppression’

    10/14/2014 7:41:24 AM PDT · by shuck and yall · 51 replies
    national review online ^ | By Joel Gehrke October 14, 2014 9:49 AM | Joel Gehrke
    Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer’s super PAC, Next Gen Climate, wants to implement a “haircut strategy” against Republican campaigns in order to depress conservative turnout. “Our Republican Haircut Strategy — a precision focus on a specific harm in target Republican markets — we will seek to degrade Republican performance,” a memo from Steyer’s super PAC explains in a memo obtained by Politico that the RNC flagged as a “voter suppression” tactic. “The election results in many states may be as narrow as a few thousand votes, so we sought to determine whether we could have an impact at the margins of...
  • Kay Hagan's October Surprise

    10/19/2014 2:10:34 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | October 17, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Campaigning for the Senate in 2012, former Harvard law professor cum left-wing populist Elizabeth Warren touched down in North Carolina and told voters, “The game is rigged.” She was more right than she knew. As it turns out, North Carolina’s Democratic senator was doing some of the rigging. Now, Kay Hagan’s political future may depend on how voters react to the story. Hagan’s vote for the 2009 stimulus, coupled with revelations that the legislation resulted in taxpayer funding for her family’s businesses, has emerged as an October surprise in a race hitherto marked by her unexpected resilience in a difficult...
  • Former Colorado Senator: Steyer Involvement in Senate Contest an ‘Insult’

    10/06/2014 9:22:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 6, 2014 | Wayne Allard
    A former U.S. senator in Colorado sees parallels between billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer’s meddling in current Senate elections in the state and his hedge fund’s efforts to drain a small Colorado town’s water supply and sell it to the highest bidder. Former Sen. Wayne Allard (R., Colo.) ... In 1995 Tom Steyer descended on Colorado, standing to make millions by exporting the water under the San Luis Valley and selling it to the highest bidder. Draining this particular aquifer would have had disastrous consequences for farms, wetlands and the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Impact from Steyer’s plan would have...
  • Anti-Coal Policies Causing Florida Electricity Rate Hikes

    09/20/2014 6:04:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | August 26, 2014 | James Taylor
    Duke Energy seeks nearly $2 million in Florida electricity rate hikes to pay for a new power plant made necessary by environmental restrictions. The electricity rate hikes became necessary as environmental restrictions force the closing of two coal power plants providing Floridians with inexpensive electricity. ... Aided by $10 million in campaign spending by billionaire liberal activist Tom Steyer, the Charlie Crist campaign is hammering Gov. Rick Scott for not imposing still more stringent power plant restrictions, above and beyond those imposed by the federal government. Steyer and Crist say Florida should impose state-specific power plant restrictions that would close...
  • Soros Clones: 5 Liberal Mega-Donors Nearly as Dangerous as George Soros

    08/28/2014 6:06:29 PM PDT · by mgist · 17 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 8/26/14 | Ciandella
    As the 2014 midterm elections approached, the media were quick to criticize conservative donors like the Koch brothers for backing issues important to them. But journalists largely ignored the incredible financial power being used to promote the liberal agenda. Five top donors – Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffett, Pierre Omidyar, Tom Steyer and George Soros’s own son, Jonathan – are major funders of the left. Together, they have contributed at least $2.7 billion since 2000 to groups pushing abortion, gun control, climate change alarmism and liberal candidates. That’s not how major media depicted them. Broadcast networks applauded when billionaire hedge fund...
  • Soros, Steyer Spend Big in Bid to Rescue Democrats' Majority

    08/22/2014 5:27:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 22, 2014 | Scott Bland and Adam Wollner
    George Soros gave $500,000 apiece to House Majority PAC and the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund. Climate-change activist Tom Steyer gave the biggest super PAC donation in July with $7.5 million. Super PACs spent July beefing up for the fall campaign. Many groups filed new disclosure reports this week, leaving a paper trail littered with big checks from big names. Democrats dominate the list of notable July donors ... Michael Bloomberg is staying plenty active in his post-mayoral days. Aside from funding his gun-control-focused super PAC, Bloomberg has written checks to Senate Majority PAC and super PACs that backed...
  • Bay Area billionaire's climate-change ads leave fact-checkers cold

    08/22/2014 10:16:09 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 08/21/2014 | Josh Richman
    Bay Area billionaire Tom Steyer's blitz against candidates who are soft on climate change is underway in seven states, but some prominent fact-checking groups say he's emitting enough hot air to melt a few glaciers. Negative reviews from watchdogs like PolitiFact, FactCheck.org and the Washington Post are dogging one of the nation's biggest political donors, a former hedge fund manager who ditched his ties to fossil fuels and presented himself as a transparent antidote to the conservative Koch brothers' semi-clandestine funding network.
  • Liberal Billionaire: 99.5% of Americans Are Not ‘Super Sophisticated’ (Warming deniers)

    08/18/2014 11:44:55 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 32 replies
    cnsnews ^ | 8-18-2014 | Curtis Kalin
    Billionaire hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer attempted to explain why there is still a sizable portion of Americans that do not buy in to global warming alarmism by, basically, generalizing virtually all of America as not “super sophisticated.”Speaking at a climate conference hosted by the American Renewable Energy Institute, Steyer said: “I think if you were to go around to most of the — what I would think of as super-sophisticated people who think about politics and policy more than five minutes a month — we are doing really well.” … “And the question in the United States of America is...
  • Billionaire climate-change supporter pledges to spend big to beat Florida Gov. Rick Scott

    08/02/2014 3:57:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | August 2, 2014 | By Marc Caputo
    The billionaire is ready to take out Florida’s multi-millionaire governor. In a nationwide push to fight Republicans who deny the existence of man-made climate change, investor-turned-activist Tom Steyer has founded a Florida political committee, seeded it with $750,000 of his own money and says he’ll spend far more to help Democrat Charlie Crist defeat Gov. Rick Scott. Florida Democrats are buzzing about Steyer spending $10 million, which he won’t discuss. Republicans say the California Democrat is a phony environmentalist, but they nevertheless worry his financial commitment could be real in Florida. “It’s hard to look at the map of the...
  • Six Astounding Examples of Left-Wing Hypocrisy

    07/19/2014 11:46:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Last month, I nailed Bill and Hillary Clinton for their gross hypocrisy on the death tax. But that’s just one example. Today, we’re going to experience a festival of statist hypocrisy. We have six different nauseating examples of political elitists wanting to subject ordinary people to bad policy while self-exempting themselves from similar burdens. Our first three examples are from the world of taxation. Here are some excerpts from a Washington Times report about a billionaire donor who is bankrolling candidates who support higher taxes, even though he structured his hedge fund in low-tax jurisdictions specifically to minimize the fiscal...
  • Tom Steyer And The Profits Of Climate Doom

    07/16/2014 5:58:00 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    IUnvestor's Business Daily ^ | July 16, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Climate Deceit: Tom Steyer — the left's answer to the Koch brothers — says he has repented his fossil-fuel sins "based on the scientific evidence" to save the planet and the Democrats. And just what evidence would that be? please give this another read. it has been severely cut/edited from its original formBillionaire Steyer, having made a fortune extracting fossil fuel from the earth, confessed his guilt July 14 in Politico. "The more I learned about the energy and climate problems we currently face," he said, "the more I realized I had to change my life." So now he intends...
  • Tom Steyer wants to ‘penalize people’ who add to ‘climate risk’

    07/02/2014 2:24:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Watchdog dot org ^ | 7/1/2014 | Yaël Ossowski
    Speaking in New York City last week, Wall Street billionaire Tom Steyer laid clear his vision for penalizing people whose actions may contribute to climate change.“We need to reward people whose behavior reduces climate risk and penalize people who add to it,” said Steyer “If we can get this right, I think there’s no doubt that our economy is going to continue to do very well.”He was joined by several wealthy businessmen — such as Michael Bloomberg and former bankers and government officials Hank Paulson and Robert Reich— to unveil a report from Risky Business, an economic analysis of the...
  • Tom Steyer group’s latest Keystone XL attack: Pipeline would be too vulnerable to terrorist attacks

    06/10/2014 1:37:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/10/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Hedge fund billionaire and rapturous eco-crusader Tom Steyer has fronted a lot of ridiculous attempts to not only thwart the construction of the already-existing Keystone pipeline’s northern extension, which would merely give Canada’s oil sands an efficient connection to our refineries in the Gulf, but to smear everything about the fossil fuel industry, the technology it employs, and the global free market in which it operates. The absurdly worded poll that his NextGen Climate Action group commissioned earlier this year, claiming that the “majority of U.S. voters want to know where the crude oil transported through the Keystone XL...
  • MARK UDALL’s PRICE TAG: Left-Wing Extremist Millions Causes Udall To Sell Out Coloradans

    05/23/2014 12:33:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | May 23, 2014
    We now know how much Sen. Mark Udall was willing to sell Colorado out for- $15 million (give or take). The eco-extremist Tom Steyer is hoping to have a $100 million dollars to spend in just seven races this election cycle. That means if Steyer distributes his hoped for funds evenly, it only took less than $15 million dollars for Udall to choose a San Francisco eco-extremist’s wishes over what is best for Colorado ... Opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline is nothing but an extremist issue pushed by those on the margins of the Democratic Party. The chance to...
  • Green billionaire prepares to attack 'anti-science' Republicans

    05/22/2014 10:32:38 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | 05-22-2014 | Peter Hamby
    An environmental advocacy group backed by hedge fund tycoon Tom Steyer is set to unleash a seven-state, $100 million offensive against Republican "science deniers" this year, a no-holds-barred campaign-style push from the green billionaire that could help decide which party controls the Senate and key statehouses come November. The Steyer-backed outside group, NextGen Climate, has billed itself as a progressive, pro-environment counterbalance to the wealthy oil and gas industry -- as well as the primary foil to the pro-business Koch brothers and their well-funded conservative donor network. The outfit, launched last year by the San Francisco billionaire, has already pledged...
  • Billionaire Tom Steyer will use clout and cash to boost Democrats, environment, in key races

    05/22/2014 7:20:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/22/2014 | Matea Gold
    Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer plans to finance full-fledged political campaigns in at least seven states key to Democratic fortunes in the 2014 midterms and the 2016 presidential race, further cementing his rapid rise as one of the party’s most influential patrons. The independent efforts run by his super PAC, NextGen Climate, will include television ads, on-the-ground field organizing and get-out-the-vote operations that seek to mobilize voters on the local impacts of climate change. The group plans to highlight issues such as drought in Iowa and the rising cost of flood insurance in Florida. It will also spotlight the climate-change skepticism...
  • Meet Daddy Greenbacks [Enviro-radical Tom Steyer]

    04/29/2014 7:14:26 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 2 replies
    Financial Post [Canada] ^ | Monday April 29, 2014 | Peter Foster
    ... The Yale and Stanford graduate, and his brother Jim, a law professor, have been dubbed “The Koch Brothers of the left.” Mr. Steyer rejects the comparison because he claims that the fossil fuel-rich Kochs speak only for their own interests, while he speaks for the people and the planet. In fact, the Kochs speak out against subsidies. He speaks for them.... The public appears less and less convinced of, or concerned about, climate catastrophe, and appears positively gung ho for Keystone XL. A poll for the American Petroleum Institute, released last week, indicated strong support for the pipeline from...
  • Anti-Business Obama Strikes Again

    04/26/2014 10:31:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 25, 2014 | Larry Kudlow
    When President Obama holds back approval of the Keystone pipeline, for the umpteenth time, it's bad enough that he's politically pandering to Tom Steyer, the hedge-fund billionaire and manic radical opponent of fossil fuels. If he gives in to Steyer by blocking the pipeline, Steyer gives $100 million to Democratic candidates this fall. Obama's transparent political cynicism is incredible. But it's more than that. It shows his disregard for jobs and economic growth for blue-collar union workers who used to be Democrats. It shows his utter disregard for our loyal Canadian ally up north. And it sends the wrong signal...
  • The left's secret club plans for 2014, 2016 (Pulling the country further to the left)

    04/24/2014 11:25:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 24, 2014 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Some of the country’s biggest Democratic donors — including Tom Steyer and Jonathan Soros — are huddling behind closed doors next week in Chicago with union bigwigs and progressive superstars like Bill de Blasio to plan how to pull their party — and the country — to the left. The setting is the annual spring meeting of the Democracy Alliance, a secretive club of wealthy liberals that’s the closest thing the left has to the vaunted Koch brothers’ political network. The DA, as the liberal group is known to insiders, is increasing its ranks of rich donors for the first...
  • Tom Steyer's Glass House: The anti-Keystone billionaire throws stones at the Kochs Brothers

    04/25/2014 6:36:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/25/2014 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    The psychiatric world defines "projection" as the act of denying unpleasant qualities in yourself, while attributing them to others. Consider liberal billionaire Tom Steyer's riff this week about the libertarian billionaire Koch brothers. Mr. Steyer took exception in a C-SPAN interview to comparisons between his big-dollar funding of Democrats with the Koch brothers' big-dollar funding of Republicans. The Kochs' priorities "line up perfectly with their pocketbooks—and that's not true for us," said Mr. Steyer, who is fighting against the Keystone XL pipeline. Moreover, he insisted, his politicking is "completely open," whereas the Kochs have "not been huge embracers of transparency."...
  • Billionaire Tom Steyer: I am absolutely nothing at all like the Koch brothers

    04/23/2014 10:32:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Do I have any issues with a Tom Steyer using any of his legitimately earned billions of dollars to donate to political causes, candidates, campaigns, and super PACS in which he believes? Absolutely not. Do I have a problem with Tom Steyer smearing other billionaires for doing so, funding a perniciously targeted misinformation campaign full of flat-out falsehoods against the Keystone XL pipeline, and pretending that he has some sort of imagined moral high ground in this arena? Yes, yes I do. Via Politico: Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer insisted Tuesday that heÂ’s not the leftÂ’s version of the Koch brothers....
  • The Epic Hypocrisy of Tom Steyer

    04/23/2014 7:03:31 AM PDT · by thirst4truth · 4 replies
    Powerlineblog.com ^ | 4/20/2014 | John Hinderacker
    Billionaire hedge fund operator and “green” energy magnate Tom Steyer has pledged $100 million in the 2014 election cycle to help Democratic candidates who oppose the Keystone pipeline and who favor “green” energy over fossil fuels. Steyer claims to be a man of principle who has no financial interest in the causes he supports, but acts only for the public good. That is a ridiculous claim: Steyer is the ultimate rent-seeker who depends on government connections to produce subsidies and mandates that make his “green” energy investments profitable. He also is, or was until recently, a major investor in Kinder...
  • Petition to denounce Tom Steyer: It’s time for a little Koch Brothers jiu-jitsu on the left

    04/22/2014 7:38:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/22/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    It’s time for a little Koch Brothers jiu-jitsu on the left, in particular former Labor Secretary Robert Reich. Over at MoveOn.org, Reich has launched a petition for people to sign to publicly “denounce’ and “condemn” the Koch Brothers for making their legal political donations.  As Bookworm put it, So far, 202,240 people have signed a document that could easily have come from the revolutionaries in China during Mao’s deadly Cultural Revolution (Nien Cheng’s Life and Death in Shanghai vividly illustrates that terrible time); or from the Kremlin during the height of Soviet Kangaroo trials; or from East Germany’s Stasi state (see, e.g, the...
  • Obama gives Canada cold shoulder

    04/21/2014 6:18:45 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 16 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | APRIL 21, 2014 | Ezra Levant
    Barack Obama waited nine months before replacing the last U.S. ambassador to Canada. The post was empty, and Obama just didn’t care. He doesn’t much like Stephen Harper – compare Obama’s icy body language towards Harper, to Obama’s deep bow when he met the Saudi king, or his high fives with the Hugo Chavez, the late ruler of Venezuela. Don’t feel singled out. That’s how Obama treats many of America’s traditional allies. He spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone. The White House's bust of Winston Churchill was returned to the United Kingdom when Obama became president. Get used to...
  • The Black Book of Tom Steyer: Allegations of fraud plague hedge fund of Democratic super-donor

    04/21/2014 12:57:45 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 3 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | April 21, 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    The former hedge fund of one of the Democratic Party’s most important donors was involved in a scheme to defraud foreign investors out of tens of millions of dollars, according to documents filed in a Texas court. Farallon Capital Partners L.P., a fund run by Farallon Capital Management, the multibillion-dollar hedge fund founded by Democratic donor Tom Steyer, became a limited partner in a project to build a large shopping mall near Seattle, Wash., in the mid-1990s after it guaranteed a line of credit for the project.
  • The Non-Koch Good Billionaire

    04/21/2014 11:52:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/21/2014 | Tom Rogan
    On Friday, the day to bury unpopular news, the Obama administration announced the extension of its Keystone XL review. A final decision is unlikely before the November midterms. The administration claims it needs this delay to resolve legal complexities. But let’s be clear: This is the submission of governance to partisanship. And it comes from the president who proclaims himself the maestro of infrastructure investment. It’s impossible to overstate the absurdity of this situation. After all, the State Department recently found that Keystone XL would have no significant impact on the environment — a conclusion upheld by the department’s inspector...
  • How Fracking Could Break Colorado Democrats

    04/15/2014 7:53:51 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | April 15, 2014 | ELI STOKOLS
    Jared Polis really doesn’t care what anyone else thinks. If you saw the Colorado congressman speaking on the House floor last month wearing a clip-on bowtie with a polo shirt under his blazer, you know what I’m talking about. He’s been this way since he first emerged on the scene. About 10 years ago, when he was just 28, Polis was one of four wealthy Colorado Democrats who pooled their considerable personal resources to create a state-of-the-art political machine that was ruthlessly effective in turning this once-red heartland state a stunning shade of blue. But Polis wouldn’t run with that...
  • Bombshell In WaPo/Keystone Scandal: Did the Post Coordinate With Congressional Democrats?

    03/26/2014 9:56:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Power Line ^ | March 26, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    A major development occurred today in the scandal surrounding the Washington Post’s attempt to advance Democratic Party talking points by falsely linking Koch Industries to the Keystone Pipeline. In the unlikely event that you are not already familiar with the story, you should begin by reading this post and this one, as well as the one from last October where I dismantled the International Forum on Globalization report that was the basis for the Washington Post’s story of March 20. The facts, very briefly, are these: Koch Industries has no interest in the Keystone Pipeline; it has not lobbied in...
  • ‘Downton Abbey’ Democrats May Cost their Party the Senate

    03/24/2014 3:12:48 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 17 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 03.24.14 | Lloyd Green
    When it comes to green gentry liberalism, think of an Americanized version of the PBS hit—where everyone knows his or her place, and our betters look best. Last week was a good week for natural gas, but a bad one for green gentry liberalism. John Podesta, a veteran of the Clinton White House who is once again a presidential adviser, tried to explain some energy facts of life to the true-believing liberal base. Still, it’s unclear if Podesta’s intended audience was listening, and that willful blindness may cost the Democrats control of the Senate. Podesta warned that opposition to natural...
  • Kochs Add Life

    03/23/2014 6:46:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 3/22/2014 | Deroy Murdock
    Do monsters get any meaner than Godzilla and King Kong? You bet! Charles and David Koch are ginormous and superbad. Just ask Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. “When you make billions of dollars a year, you can be as immoral and dishonest as your money will allow you to be,” the Nevadan said February 26 on the Senate floor. “These two brothers,” Reid added, “are about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine.” San Francisco billionaire and Democratic campaign contributor Tom Steyer told Men’s Journal that David Koch is “just a famously evil person!”
  • Senate Climate Dodge: Tom Steyer gives $50 million and all he gets is a lousy all-nighter

    03/14/2014 10:24:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Democrats control the Senate with 55 seats, and on Monday night into the wee hours of Tuesday they staged a talkathon on climate change on the Senate floor. Majority Leader Harry Reid led the band of 28 or so Democrats in this grand political commitment. "We're not going to rest until there is action on the most pressing issue of our time, which is climate change," declared freshman Democrat Brian Schatz of Hawaii, in remarks typical of the long evening. [SNIP] The all-nighter is best understood as a donor maintenance exercise. Hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer has pledged to raise and...
  • RNC: Harry Reid 'Rented' US Senate to Billionaire Environmentalist's Cause

    03/12/2014 9:19:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 3/11/2014 | Matthew Boyle
    The Republican National Committee says that the Senate Democrats’ all-nighter on the Senate floor Monday evening until 9 AM Tuesday was not about principle. The RNC claims Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats rented out the Senate floor to the environmental cause of one of their biggest left-wing billionaire donors. RNC spokesman Raffi Williams points to how liberal billionaire Tom Steyer—a major Democratic Party donor—supports environmental causes. “If you thought living in the Ritz-Carlton was expensive, it’s peanuts compared to the $100 million contribution from California billionaire Tom Steyer which is the going rate to rent Harry...
  • Billionaire Steyer Puts Money Toward Climate, Energy Issues

    02/25/2014 5:38:21 PM PST · by La Lydia · 28 replies
    NPR ^ | February 24, 2014 | David Greene
    DAVID GREENE, HOST: … wealthy donors like Tom Steyer are putting a pistol to someone's head, forcing their pet issues on candidates. Steyer himself sees things very differently. He quit his hedge fund with $1.5 billion and now in his view he's fighting as hard as he can with money and passion to do something very noble - save the planet. .. With plans to pour $100 million into key elections this year, Steyer joins this elite group of wealthy individuals trying to influence politicians and voters. Steyer says he doesn't agree with the growing influence of money in politics...
  • Sen. Mark Udall feeling heat over ties to climate change billionaire

    02/20/2014 10:35:37 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 19, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Not all Coloradans were impressed by Sen. Mark Udall’s invitation to liberal billionaire Tom Steyer’s exclusive Democratic Party fund-raiser. Mr. Udall’s critics turned up the heat after it came to light that the Democrat was among those invited to hobnob Wednesday with the billionaire at his home in San Francisco for a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) fundraiser. A former hedge-fund manager, Mr. Steyer made a political splash earlier this week by announcing plans to spend $100 million on promoting candidates in the upcoming 2014 midterm elections who will promise to combat climate change. ... “It just reaffirms that the...
  • Billionaire Environmentalist May Target Louisiana's Oil-Friendly Senator Landrieu With Negative Ads

    02/18/2014 4:25:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    IB Times ^ | 2/18/14 | Meagan Clark
    Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer has threatened to launch a political assault on Republicans as well as Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat friendly to the oil and gas industry who is gearing up for a tough re-election campaign. Steyer, a Democrat worth about $1.5 billion, leads a political organization called NextGen Climate Action. With Steyer’s funding, the group has launched a media campaign against the Keystone XL pipeline. Soon, that campaign may narrow its focus on Landrieu to criticize her for supporting the pipeline. Steyer’s super PAC, in its own words online, is dedicated to “supporting candidates … that will...
  • Environmentalist-Funded Study Confirms Safety Of Fracking

    09/19/2013 6:22:18 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 19 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy: A new study shows that little methane, a strong greenhouse gas that occurs naturally in ground water, is released into the atmosphere during hydraulic fracturing. So it must be OK to frack now. In the first "Gasland" movie, environmental activist Josh Fox trumpeted flaming water taps in a Colorado town as evidence of fracking-induced water contamination. In fact, the areas in question had reported naturally occurring methane in their water for decades. Whether naturally occurring or not, environmentalists claim that fracking would release huge amounts of what they consider the most potent heat-trapping greenhouse gas, far outweighing the value...
  • Billionaire Environmentalist Lends Support to McAuliffe

    08/05/2013 12:19:23 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 14 replies
    Environmentalist billionaire Tom Steyer is testing his influence in the Virginia gubernatorial election in support of Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, with his political group preparing to spend a large amount of money in the race. Steyer is a San Francisco billionaire who used to work as a hedge fund manager, and is using his super PAC "NextGen Climate Action" to launch television ads to mobilize environmentalist voters to turn out in the gubernatorial race in support of McAuliffe in the Old Dominion, Politco reports. Steyer told Politico that he hopes to send a message to the country about the power...
  • Obama Donor Set To Profit From Keystone Demise

    06/27/2013 6:09:22 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 27, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy Policy: A billionaire hedge fund manager and Barack Obama donor is pushing the president to stop the pipeline that would compete with one he's invested in. That pipeline could send Canadian oil to China. Environmental activist Tom Steyer donated as much as he could to get Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey elected to the Senate in the recent special election to fill the seat vacated by now-Secretary of State John Kerry. He wanted another senator who's opposed to completing the Keystone XL pipeline that he says would be an environmental plague on the planet. A few days before President Obama...
  • Greens get billionaire ally, money (Tom Steyer)

    04/03/2013 8:18:27 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4-3-2013 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A California billionaire is pledging to spend as much of his fortune as necessary to make climate change “the defining issue of our generation.” Tom Steyer, who made his riches as a hedge fund manager, told The Hill on Tuesday that he wants to make climate change a campaign issue for years to come and Democratic support for environmental protections as widespread as support for gay marriage and immigration reform. “The goal here is not to win. The goal here is to destroy these people. We want a smashing victory,” Steyer said of candidates he judges to be on the...
  • Group submits signatures for California business tax change on November ballot

    05/05/2012 9:20:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/5/12 | Jim Sanders
    The stage was set Friday for three revenue-raising measures to qualify for the November ballot after a group led by hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer submitted more than 900,000 signatures for a tax increase on out-of-state businesses. Proponents of two other tax initiatives, driven separately by Gov. Jerry Brown and civil rights attorney Molly Munger, said they have collected more than enough signatures to place their proposals before voters. The measures would generate billions in revenue for a state rocked by recession and cuts to education and public services in recent years. But Mitch Zak, spokesman for a coalition opposing Steyer's...
  • CA PROP 23 FOE PROFITS FROM "DIRTY COAL"

    10/28/2010 1:47:53 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi
    CalWatchDog.com ^ | October 29, 2010 | Wayne Lusvardi
    NEW: Prop. 23 Foe Profits From ‘Dirty Coal’ OCT. 28, 2010 By WAYNE LUSVARDI - CALWATCHDOG.COM EXCERPT NO on 23 backer and Democrat Tom Steyer’s Farallon Capital Management Company holds stock in “dirty coal,” nuclear, and oil and gas companies, and in a Chinese solar panel supply company that potentially would rob jobs from Californians, even as the NO on 23 campaign blasts Prop. 23 backers for similar investments.
  • California Prop 23: Green Hedge Fund Banker is Definitely a Vested Interest

    10/07/2010 1:57:43 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 7, 2010 | Anne McElhinney
    We hear a lot about “vested interests” in America these days. Here in California – it is the cry of Global Warming alarmists who are opposed to proposition 23 that is to be voted on in the November election. Prop 23 will suspend a “Global Warming solutions” act that will push up energy prices and drive even more jobs out of the state during one the biggest recessions in living memory. Understandably there is a lot of opposition to the Global Warming Act and Prop 23 is proving surprisingly popular in a state that practically invented the Green movement. Two...