By Zack Colman - 03/19/13 01:14 PM EDT
"If you can’t or won’t do either, then you’ll be showing us that you stand with Republicans and a wealthy foreign oil company and against solving the climate crisis. You’ll be standing for the wrong energy future for America," the letter reads.
Lynch campaign spokesman Conor Yunits dismissed the letter, saying in a statement that, “This letter reads like something out of a James Bond film — a billionaire making threats and issuing ultimatums that expire at ‘high noon.’”
Lynch has in the past voted to pressure President Obama into expediting approval of the proposed Canada-to-Texas pipeline. Obama has the final say because Keystone crosses national borders.
Lynch is running against Rep. Edward MarkeyEd MarkeyOvernight Healthcare: GOP plan marks new phase in ObamaCare fight Overnight Healthcare: Dems trying to force Zika vote | White House tries to stall opioids bill for $$ | Free Lyft rides from ObamaCare Overnight Healthcare: New momentum to lift ban on gay men donating blood MORE (D-Mass.), a vocal Keystone opponent, in the Democratic primary to fill Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryWhite House: We were prepared for Brexit vote After Brexit vote, is anything left of Britain? Kerry reaffirms support for Britain, urges calm MORE's former seat.
Markey has won endorsements from several environmental groups. He has earned praise from that community for his stances on climate change, clean energy and his oversight and criticism of the oil industry and offshore drilling.
Keystone’s backers contend it would bring jobs and oil supplies from an ally, and that it would not devastate the climate.
Opponents — largely progressive and green groups — argue it would add 35 permanent jobs, ramp up carbon emissions, and that most of the oil is intended for export.
The Hill’s Alexandra Jaffe has more on Steyer’s letter to Lynch here.