A TV ad that lampoons TransCanada Corp. CEO Russ Girling, questioning the company’s motives for the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project, has been rejected for broadcast by a major American network.
The Keystone XL project is a plan to pipe raw bitumen from Canada’s Athabasca oil sands to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The project is heavily criticized by environmental groups in both countries.
This video was produced by NextGen Climate Action, and it has an actor portraying Mr. Girling as a monster:
According to the Globe and Mail, NextGen Climate Actionn is backed by hedge-fund billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer
It also reports that Washington, D.C.’s WRC-TV (owned by Comcast and NBCUniversal) refused to air the ad, which was scheduled to appear on Tuesday during U.S. President Barack Obama’s appearance on the Tonight Show.
In a statement quoted by the Globe, Brian Mahar, a spokesman for NextGen, said, “It seems that Comcast and NBCUniversal would rather take the fossil fuel industry’s $153-million in television ad spending and leave the American people in the dark about the Keystone pipeline.”
NextGen Climate Action doesn’t seem to have a regular web site, but I did find a petition titled, “Tell TransCanada’s CEO where to stick Keystone.”
NextGen Climate Action
The Globe and Mail