President Barack Obama addressed wealthy donors in San Francisco this week, including at one event held in the lavish home of a super-wealthy opponent of the proposed Keystone XL tar-sands oil pipeline.

Protestors at an Obama fundraiser in the exclusive San Francisco neighborhood of Pacific Heights
Rebecca Bowe / San Francisco Bay GuardianProtestors at an Obama fundraiser in the exclusive San Francisco neighborhood of Pacific Heights.

He didn’t tell the donors whether his administration planned to approve the pipeline, which if it leaks will spew the same sticky bitumen that’s coating Mayflower, Ark. But he did talk about the environment. And he wants his wealthy, environment-appreciating donors to know that environmental causes are a tough sell.