Published on January 28th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan2
Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate Action is releasing a new national television ad, “Suckers,” that’s timed to President Obama’s State of the Union address. The ad debunks some obtuse Keystone XL supporter claims implies that tar sands political allies in Canada (such as Prime Minister Stephen Harper) & the US are taking Americans as a bunch of “suckers.”
Notably, $30 billion has been invested in tar sands development by companies backed by the Chinese government. “They’re counting on the US to approve TransCanada’s pipeline to ship oil through America’s heartland and out to foreign countries like theirs,” the ad notes.
The ad is being developed in part with Tom Steyer’s 350,000 strong online community, We Love Our Land, and will also be posted on the site. You can also watch it right here:
The ad will run the hour before and the hour after President Obama’s State of the Union address on MSNBC. It will reach an estimated 3-4 million viewers.
The ad comes just two days after a TransCanada natural gas pipeline exploded in the Canadian province of Manitoba. The explosion resulted in a 12-hour loss of gas supplies to almost 4,000 residents in -32C temperatures.
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