By Laura Barron-Lopez and Timothy Cama - 05/22/14 05:11 PM EDT
POLITICS AND BASEBALL: Pulling from the "moneyball" thesis of baseball, billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer is shaking up the political game this year in seven Senate and gubernatorial races.
Steyer's climate change action group, NextGen Climate will target undervalued voters, those "non-traditional" voters Republicans may have already written-off as unlikely to trek to the polls during a midterm election.
The group is looking to plant the seeds for climate change to become a wedge issue not only in 2014, but the 2016 presidential election, and beyond.
That's why Steyer likely won't get involved in the more critical races, which will determine whether Democrats maintain control of the Senate. While keeping Democrats in power is a concern for Steyer, climate change matters more. Read more here.
A LOT OF GREEN: The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund announced Thursday that it has raised more than $3 million in its GiveGreen program for campaign contributions.
GiveGreen has raised money for 12 candidates who support environmental causes, all of them Democrats running for the Senate, LCV said. LCV recently partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund PAC on GiveGreen.
"It speaks to the energy out there for supporting true environmental champions and the strong need to defend them in 2014."
LCV also announced Thursday that it had endorsed Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) in her reelection bid.
ON TAP FRIDAY: The Wharton Club of D.C. is hosting a Green Business Forum. Director of sustainability and stakeholder engagement for Wal-Mart, Katherine Neebe, will participate in the forum.
Keystone XL ... Keystone XL developer CEO Russ Girling took a jab at environmental groups on Thursday during a one-on-one interview with The Hill. Girling said they have turned the debate surrounding the oil-sands pipeline into a "symbolic" one rather than a substantial one.
"Putting the public at risk for symbolic things that doesn't last very long," Girling said.
Environmental groups shot back on Thursday calling Girling's claims out of touch.
"Though Canadian government and industry leaders will tell anyone who will listen about the inevitability of building Keystone XL and massively expanding tar sands development, the gap between their rhetoric and reality has never been wider," the Natural Resources Defense Council said in a statement.
Coal rule … The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity released the comments it sent to the EPA on its coming carbon emissions rule for existing coal plants, which is expected to be announced in early June.
“Given the current path we’re on, the administration is gambling with the livelihoods of hardworking Americans and is threatening to tip our country over the edge in costly and unreliable energy policies. And once we go over that ledge, there’s no coming back up," Laura Sheehan of ACCCE said in a statement on Thursday.
AROUND THE WEB:
Power company leaders are divided over the Environmental Protection Agency’s upcoming greenhouse gas limits for existing power plants, Bloomberg News reports.
Gasoline prices are pretty steady nationally heading into Memorial Day weekend, the beginning of the heavy summer driving season, the Associated Press reports.
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee has held two hearings on climate change during the 113th Congress, compared with the three hearings it has held on aliens, the Huffington Post reports.
Duke Energy Corp. has reached an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency on cleaning its February coal ash spill in the Dan River, the Associated Press reports.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
- Obama faces fracking protesters in NY
- Ad accuses Scott Brown of killing efficiency bill
- Conservation group backs Hagan
- Senate sends $12.3B water projects bill to Obama's desk
- TransCanada eyes 'bridge' to Keystone XL pipeline approval
- Green group raises $3 million for campaign contributions
- Over 600 local elected officials back Obama's coal rules
- Lobbyist: Oil trains getting a bad rap
- Europe diesel prices fall amid imports from US, Russia
- Biden: Cyprus poised to be key energy player
- Dem bill would allow state carbon taxes
- Watchdog wants probe into relaxed fuel regs
- Pebble mine sues EPA
- Steyer adds 'moneyball' to climate politics