November 7, 2015

Obama Supporter John Bel Edwards’ Energy Hypocrisy

John Bel Edwards is so desperate to distance himself from his strong support of President Obama and his anti-energy agenda that he’s claiming he would have supported the Keystone XL pipeline, only after Obama took it off the table. He’s clearly hoping Louisiana voters won’t find out that San Francisco-based liberal environmentalist Tom Steyer – who is even more extreme than President Obama on energy – is bankrolling national efforts to elect Edwards.

Steyer is a major donor to the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), which has partnered with the pro-Edwards Gumbo PAC to spend nearly a $1 million on TV ads on Edwards’ behalf, as well as putting boots on the ground to help Edwards in the runoff campaign. Steyer was the single largest donor to the DGA as of March of 2014, and gave $250,000 in the first half of 2015.

Steyer has called climate change “the defining issue of our generation.” He is a leading opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline and has spent over $1 million to defeat it – plus he has personally lobbied President Obama to push his anti-energy agenda. On Friday, Obama gave Steyer his wish by announcing he will oppose the pipeline.

What’s critical for Louisiana voters to know is that Steyer requires a commitment to support his agenda from candidates he backs. A July Wall Street Journal headline read, “Tom Steyer: Candidates Who Want My Support Must Be Aggressive On Clean Energy.” The report detailed Steyer’s “litmus test” requiring candidates to favor even more extreme emissions standards than President Obama has proposed in order to get his support. Seemingly, Edwards passed the test.

The most compelling evidence that Edwards’ Keystone position is nothing more than political posturing is Steyer’s refusal to support Mary Landrieu in 2014 due to her pro-Keystone position. The fact that he doesn’t have the same qualms about supporting Edwards suggests that he knows Edwards will play ball with the Obama-Steyer liberal agenda.