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 Markey (D-Mass.), a vocal Keystone opponent, in the Democratic primary to fill Secretary of State John Kerry'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.