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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 SandersBernie SandersBiden tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate 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 ClintonRep. John Katko: Why I became the first Republican lawmaker to support impeachment Can we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? For Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team 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.