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Environmentalist Tom Steyer Continues Mission to Make Climate Change a Central Issue

Farallon Capital Management Founder Tom Steyer Interview

Green energy activist and billionaire Tom Steyer may have been shut down in his bid to elect a slate of hand-picked governors and U.S. senators, but don’t count him out just yet. Fox News said on December 22.

The political action committee (PAC) he founded is stacked with officers who have Hillary Clinton on speed dial, a California Supreme Court justice as a spouse and former colleagues in the White House, the report said.

And a Nov. 24 Federal Election Commission report showed that NextGen Climate Action Committee still has $4.7 million cash on hand after spending $72.9 million in a failed attempt to elect Democratic governors in Florida and Maine and senators in Colorado, Michigan and Iowa. Steyer donated $67 million of that amount, according to Fox News.

So what’s next? NextGen didn’t respond to an interview request to answer that question, the report said.

A mainstay in the press during the months before the election, Steyer and his PAC have been mum. The homepage of NextGen proclaims, “This is a fight we will win, ” seemingly a rallying cry to its troops until you click on the link and see that the message is before Nov. 4, said Fox News.

Meanwhile, Chris Lehane, a Democratic strategist and top adviser to Steyer, said the billionaire environmentalist won’t end his mission to make climate change a central issue in elections. Steyer put more than $70 million into his own super PAC to influence this year’s midterms but most of his favored candidates lost, USA Today said on December 22.

Lehane said the “big oil Goliaths” won’t stop spending in politics and neither can environmentalists. “Until there’s a change, we are, unfortunately, on a path where more and more money will find its way into the system, ” he said.

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