Billionaire activist to meet with White House officials
June 24th, 2014
08:32 AM ET
8 years ago

Billionaire activist to meet with White House officials

Washington (CNN) – Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmentalist who’s pledged to spend millions in this year’s midterm contests, will discuss climate change with top White House officials and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew this week, according to officials.

At the Wednesday meeting, Steyer will also sit down with former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulsen and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros to confer on a forthcoming report assessing the economic effects of climate change.

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The Steyer-funded outside advocacy group, NextGen Climate, pledged in May to spend $100 million in midterm election races to go after so-called “science deniers” who reject claims humans are responsible for global warming and climate change.

Steyer has set himself up as the chief adversary to the Koch brothers, the billionaire industrialists who fund a web of conservative groups. He's a fierce opponent of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which is still under consideration by the Obama administration.

Last week President Barack Obama went after Republicans who deny man made climate change, saying they posed a “serious threat” the country’s future and comparing their claims to suggesting the moon is made of cheese.

The White House embarked upon a major environment effort starting in early June, when Obama unveiled proposed new restrictions on coal plants. This week other members of his administration will discuss the effects of climate change that scientists say are already being seen, including extreme weather.

The President himself will address the issue Wednesday at the League of Conservation Voters’ annual dinner in Washington.

Filed under: climate change • Global Warming • Tom Steyer
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  1. Silence DoGood

    @The Real Tom Paine
    Geez Gundy, what about your nanny? Anyone with lots of money, fits the bill. As for Harold Hill, fall in line with the rest of the sheep and get ready to be fleeced by the Tea Party Boys Band.
    Gundy's Nanny is corporate clown. Look like Ronald McDonald. Clown smile. So Gundy smile. Don't think.

    June 24, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Dean

    Having a great amount of wealth doesn't make one in point.

    June 24, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Brad

    This is the democrat version of the koch brothers yet youll never hear that on the liberal media......

    June 24, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Tommy G

    I am just glad the lefties didn't bankrupt the country and destroy the economy back in the 70's when their quack "scientists" were predidting the coming of a new ice age. Now they are back with more of their wquack science, that has already been shown to be lies and fabrication. All of this is nothing but the latest wealth redistribution scam by the left.

    June 24, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "I see Rick McDaniels & sniffit are out there trolling for the Koch roaches again."

    Then you clearly don't understand that when I quote something at the beginning of the post, that's what I'm responding to, not me saying it. Pay attention and read the WHOLE post or don't respond to it.

    June 24, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |

    Dems state this guy isn't part of the 1%ers because he's a democrat.

    June 24, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess Tommy G and the rest of the deniers on here must have missed that part of science class when they discussed teh scientific method. Constant experimentation and observation changes conclusions over time. If you are looking for absolutes, then look at Religion. Science is an ever-changing pursuit, which explains why conservatives throughout history have felt threatened by it, except when it came to ways of making money or killing people more efficiently. Personally, I don't have any problem with the fact that scientists get it wrong, but I have a big problem when a non-scientist declares a problem solved or to be off-limits because they are uncomfortable with the conclusions ( phrases like wealth distribution spring to their lips with predictable intensity).

    June 24, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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