Greens to run ads backing Sanders in Iowa, New Hampshire

A major environmental group is launching television advertisements in Iowa and New Hampshire to promote Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) Sanders If Congress takes no action, the Social Security trust fund will become depleted in 2034 Ex-campaign manager: Sanders is still eying another presidential bid DNC chair backing plan to cut superdelegates opposed by Dem lawmakers MORE’s green credentials.

The ads from Friends of the Earth Action will begin airing next week in Iowa in advance of the Feb. 1 caucuses, the first votes of the presidential race, and then run in New Hampshire before its primary election.

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Though Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThere are many unanswered questions about FBI culture FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts offers to testify on Capitol Hill Giuliani wants 'full and complete' investigation into Russia probe's origins MORE, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, is not mentioned by name, the ads implicitly contrast her policy positions with Sanders's.

“Bernie Sanders had the courage to stand up against the Keystone pipeline from day one. He introduced the bill to keep fossil fuels in the ground on federal land and he opposes unjust trade agreements that damage our planet,” the narrator says. “It is why Friends of the Earth Action urges you to support Bernie Sanders for president.”

The group endorsed Sanders on Aug. 1, the first major endorsement by a green group in the Democratic race.

The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, another major player in campaign funding, has lined up behind Clinton.

Clinton declined to endorse or reject Keystone XL until shortly before President Obama’s November action denying a permit for its construction. Her delay was a sore point among members of the environmental movement.