Largest Colorado green group won’t endorse Boulder climate lawsuit

Matt Dempsey writes:

The Denver Post nicely picks up on previous Western Wire reporting on Steyer’s involvement in Colorado legislative races and Dem Gov candidate not endorsing climate lawsuit.

Perhaps the most surprising tidbit of info Conservation Colorado not endorsing Boulder climate lawsuit either.

Key excerpts here:

  • The four Democratic candidates for governor support neither the climate lawsuit nor Initiative 97, which increases drilling operations’ minimum distance from occupied buildings from the current 500 feet to 2,500 feet. The state’s leading environmental group, Conservation Colorado, also is not endorsing either effort, but its leaders downplay the lack of unity on the issues.
  • And he said he “loves” a lawsuit brought by Colorado communities against energy companies seeking damages for climate change, but he is not bankrolling the effort.

Why Colorado’s environmental battles aren’t the focus of the nation’s top Democratic donor in the 2018 election

The billionaire environmentalist says he will pass on ballot measure and governor’s race, but work to elect Democratic state Senate

John Frank May 28, 2018 at 6:00 am

He argued for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. He blasted the national Democratic Party’s electoral strategy. And he outlined his political network’s focus for the 2018 election.

But what Tom Steyer didn’t highlight in a recent trip to Denver is the most telling.
Steyer is dumping at least $10 million into a national advertising campaign calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

He argued for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. He blasted the national Democratic Party’s electoral strategy. And he outlined his political network’s focus for the 2018 election.

But what Tom Steyer didn’t highlight in a recent trip to Denver is the most telling.

The billionaire climate activist is not focused on Colorado at this point — despite his big-spending history in state elections and the major environmental issues in this year’s campaign.

“I said at the beginning of this year: We are going to get asked to do a thousand things, literally. Should we do them all? Absolutely. If we do them all, are we going to suck at them all? Yes,” he said in a recent interview with The Denver Post at a downtown hotel. “So what we are really going to have to do is prioritize the most important things.”
The priority, Steyer said, is to help Democrats win control of the U.S House, and that’s where he’s directing resources through NextGen America and affiliated political organizations.

“We have to get control of something,” said Steyer, whose $16 million investment in the 2018 election makes him the nation’s top Democratic donor, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

Colorado’s open governor’s race is barely on his radar. He considered a potential state ballot measure to limit oil and gas drilling, but he decided to pass. And he said he “loves” a lawsuit brought by Colorado communitiesagainst energy companies seeking damages for climate change, but he is not bankrolling the effort.

His lack of interest provides an opening for energy industry advocates and Republicans, and it showcases the fracture in Colorado’s environmental movement.

The four Democratic candidates for governor support neither the climate lawsuit nor Initiative 97, which increases drilling operations’ minimum distance from occupied buildings from the current 500 feet to 2,500 feet.

The state’s leading environmental group, Conservation Colorado, also is not endorsing either effort, but its leaders downplay the lack of unity on the issues.
“I don’t think it indicates anything at the moment,” said Jessica Goad, the organization’s deputy director. “If anything, it indicates that there may be different priorities that the different conservation groups have — certainly we are not a monolith.”

Steyer plans to help Democrats in state legislative races

Where Steyer does intend to help Democrats in Colorado is the battle for control of the state Senate, where Republicans hold a one-seat margin.
NextGen America is collaborating with the League of Conservation Voters — a prominent environmental advocacy organization — to raise money for three state representatives seeking re-election (Jeff Bridges, Tony Exum and Barbara McLachlan) and two state Senate candidates (Faith Winter and Tammy Story). The groups have marked Exum’s seat in Colorado Springs and the two Denver-area state Senate seats being sought by Winter and Story as national “priority” races.
Steyer donated $400 to each, the maximum under state law, and he hopes to bundle much more from donors across the nation through the “Give Green” campaign. He credited a similar effort in 2016 with raising more than $70,000 for Colorado legislative candidates, but it’s not a direct big-dollar investment.
The collaboration also is raising money for Joe Neguse, a Boulder Democrat running for Congress in a contested party primary.
Elsewhere, Steyer’s organization is working with two other organizations on a $1.5 million effort that is seeking to register high school students to vote ahead of the midterm elections.
Colorado is one of 10 states in the campaign, which is focused on promoting tougher gun regulations. But it’s not clear whether the campaign will target U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, an Aurora Republican who sits in one of the nation’s most contested congressional seats.

Steyer spent big in prior two elections
Steyer’s two efforts in the state represent less engagement compared with the California hedge fund owner’s prominent role in the prior two election cycles.
In 2014, NextGen Climate Action Committee spent more than $9 million to help re-elect Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall. In 2016, the group spent $2.3 million in the state as part of an attempt to flip the state Senate to Democratic control. Both were unsuccessful.


But Dempsey and other energy industry advocates suggest Steyer is still poised to make a significant impact on Colorado politics this year.
The critics point to a handful of national environmental organizations that Steyer has supported, such as Sierra Club and 350, both of which continue to work against oil and gas operations in Colorado. The Sierra Club has endorsed Initiative 97, the effort to increase drilling setbacks.

“He may have learned his lesson from 2014 and 2016 to not be the face of it,” said Simon Lomax, a researcher at Vital for Colorado, a business group that backs the state’s energy industry. “But the groups that he funds are as involved as they have ever been in Colorado politics.”

Full story:

https://www.denverpost.com/2018/05/28/tom-steyer-colorado-2018-election/

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33 thoughts on “Largest Colorado green group won’t endorse Boulder climate lawsuit

    • Steyer’s money should be used to erase past sins. The Democratic party ought to be on the hook for reparations as it was the Republican party that ended slavery. Furthermore, it wasn’t that long ago that Democrats supported the KKK.

  1. Despite what right wing skeptics appear to believe, global warming isn’t primarily about environmental idealism or wealth distribution, it’s about money. Firstly from cap and trade and secondly the switch from coal to gas. Obama’s war on coal as Trump rightly observed.

    • It’s actually about both to two different groups. An change creates opportunity which some business/entrepreneurs will try to exploit but the need the left to create the moral narrative around it. For the left it’s about the enviroment and social justice and they need money and influence, so you get the strange bed fellows.

      • One group is a bunch of weak minded useful idiots.

        In her book Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got it Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First, conservative author Mona Charen comments that “Lenin is widely credited with the prediction that liberals and other weak-minded souls in the West could be relied upon to be ‘useful idiots’ as far as the Soviet Union was concerned” and argues that although Lenin may never have used the phrase, it would have been consistent with his “cynical style”.

        The liberals may mean well but the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

      • They believe they have good goals. Unfortunately they don’t care how many people they have to kill in order to achieve those goals. They are also unwilling to examine any evidence that goes against their belief system. Preferring to kill those who stand in their way.

    • I disagree. It is about getting people to do what you think they should. It’s the same with the anti-salt, anti-smoking, anti-fat, anti-whatever groups. There are certain people who simply cannot bear that others do not act as they “should”, and it drives them crazy.

      Add in the Messiah Complex problem of a few zealots and more than a few politicians, and you get this toxic stew of bad science, dreadful regulation and legislation and endless posturing.

    • Climate Change is different things to different groups. It unites a lot of Democrats/progressive/liberal/public unions/wealthy elitists/environmental groups who might otherwise be political adversaries, becasue the climate hustle provides them with a path to those various ends.

      And none of those ends really has anything to do with “keeping T2100 below 2℃” as their rhetoric claims. That’s just a bogus arbitrary number and the smarter ones know that.

      • “Climate Change is different things to different groups.”
        For leftists it’s all about the struggle and in global climate change they can all indulge in epic struggle.

  2. With Democrats controlling the House and the Governors office, Steyer is focusing on the Senate races so the Democrats can have complete control of Colorado’s priorities. It will only take a couple of years for the Californification of my wonderful state under Democrat control.

    • Pathway… we still have TABOR for now. That will probably be the only thing to stop them. Even most liberals in this state don’t want taxes increased…

  3. I love how it’s OK for this carbon trader to be so politically involved, but it’s NOT ok for the Koch brothers.

    And then these people will look you dead in the eye and say it’s not hypocrisy because excuses.

    • The Democratic party today has changed but it wasn’t that long ago that it was represented by Senator Robert Byrd, a former grand dragon/wizard in the KKK. Going back much further, the Democrats were the party for slave owners fighting the anti-slavery Republicans all the way, including on civil rights.

      Styer, with his riches, should put his money where his mouth is and lead the Democrats in paying reparations for their past sins.

  4. Tom Steyer is protecting his investments by attempting to buy and install his favorable politicians. Are you going to sit by and watch him do it? Or are you going to get involved in grassroots campaigning, physically and financially, and elect people that oppose his agenda?

    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

  5. This lawsuit does make me laugh. It’s all the fossil fuel companies fault, they made me build a holiday resort 3,000 metres up a mountain and then use vast amounts of fossil fuels to run it and have people come here!

    What delusional planet are they living on?

    • The one between their ears – where reality and reason yield to make believe and wishful thinking.

    • Federal judge could grant them an injunction against the sale of fossil fuel products in their community and cut off their gas and any electrons produced from coal or gas. I wonder how those ski lifts will run with horses on a power wheel as the motive force.

  6. This funding from Tom Steyer to his selected Democrats simply is further illustrates my point that many of today’s Democrats are ethically unfit for public office. There is no reforming them. Expecting them to change is foolish.
    The one thing the voters must do to save themselves from green socialism, $6/gallon gas, tripled electric bills, restricted speech, regulated internet blogs, regulated religion, and all paid for with evermore taxes is simply to vote Democrats out of office.

  7. I’ve always been fascinated by how the Democrats are totally against big money in politics. Unless it’s backing them.

  8. It is ironic that it has been Democrats that have screamed about getting big money, especially big money donors, out of our electoral process. Yet some of the biggest billionaires in the country fund leftist causes and candidates. Of course the only big donors the Democrats want to get rid of are Republican donors. Though, I while I am certain the Democrats want all the money that can get from people like Steyer, Soros, et al, I bet inside the party they hate those same billionaires trying to call the shots.

  9. The Democrat party is the party of the poor. It is in their best interest to keep as many people poor as possible. The best way to do that is to make energy as expensive as possible.

    • With the poor being placed in luxury condos in Denver, they all need energy revenues to pay for such strategies.

  10. It’s amazing how far left the Dem candidates have gone in their primary ads. Jared Polis is running on more free sh*t and 100% renewable energy, for God’s sake. On one hand I’m thinking he screwed up and assumed that the whole state votes like the People’s Republic of Boulder but on the other hand with so many Californians fleeing that communist idiocracy and moving here, he may win.

    God help us, we may well turn into the same sh*thole that is California, headed up by Gov. Asswipe Polis.

  11. If Steyer thought his money would make a useful difference in accomplishing his objectives (whatever they are) he would be ‘all in’. The fact that he is not all in is informative – either he doesn’t feel his funds will make any difference in the direction he wants to go or he is broke – or almost!.

  12. This is one ugly practice in US that I find disturbing. Malevolent billionaires buying elections. Fortunately, it seems that Democrats are idiotically doubling down on their losing thuggish strategies instead of having a massive introspective review of ‘what (really) happened’ to them in the last election and launching a complete retooling of their party .

    This failure will drain the resources of these moneybagged, wrinkled anti-American champagne soshulists and keep the dems safely out of the picture for a generation. Max Planck’s observation that science advances one funeral at a time seems to have much broader application. This bunch has to retire to a person.

    Trump will sweep the next election without a shred of doubt – it will be a phenomenon! Nobel Committee is also in for a big depression if he makes the deal with Rocket Man.

    • Historically, it’s about a 50/50 shot as to whether the big money candidate wins the election.
      Having a lot of money helps, but being a good candidate with a good message is much more important.

    • Thuggish has a long, successful history with Dems and LBJ was the pinnacle of that approach.

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