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May 17, 2016

Tom Steyer’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is the subject of an all-out war between Big Labor unions, after labor leaders wrote two “blistering letters” to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Monday demanding Trumka cease all ties with Steyer.

At issue is Steyer’s staunch opposition to energy projects, like the Keystone XL Pipeline, that create jobs for union workers.

Here is only a partial roundup of headlines, all devastating for the politically ambitious Steyer:

The Washington Post: Building Trade Unions Denounce Labor Partnership With Billionaire Environmentalist Tom Steyer

The New York Times: Rift Between Labor And Environmentalists Threatens Democratic Turnout Plan

Politico: Construction Unions Blast New AFL-CIO Super PAC

The Hill: AFL-CIO Rift Opens Over Green Mega-Donor Tom Steyer

Fox News: Unions Demand AFL-CIO Cut Ties With Environmental Activist Billionaire

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: A National Democratic-Labor Row Over Inslee’s “Green” Billionaire Friend

The Daily Caller: Labor Unions Barely Hide Disgust In Letter To AFL-CIO About Teaming Up With Eco-Billionaire

New York Magazine: Democrats’ Turnout Plan Threatened by Dispute Between Hard Hats and Tree-Hugging Billionaire

E&E Publishing: Building Unions Press AFL-CIO To ‘Cut Ties’ With Steyer

Construction Dive: Building Trades Unions Riled Up Over AFL-CIO Partnership With Billionaire Environmentalist

Steyer seems intent to fiddle while Big Labor burns, responding with careful talking points:

“Our new unified effort will help elect progressive leaders who are committed to a just transition to a clean energy economy that will benefit working families across the nation.”

Continue following Core News for updates on the Left’s war over Steyer.