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Billionaire Steyer Puts Money Toward Climate, Energy Issues
NPR ^ | February 24, 2014 | David Greene

Posted on 02/25/2014 5:38:21 PM PST by La Lydia

DAVID GREENE, HOST: … wealthy donors like Tom Steyer are putting a pistol to someone's head, forcing their pet issues on candidates. Steyer himself sees things very differently. He quit his hedge fund with $1.5 billion and now in his view he's fighting as hard as he can with money and passion to do something very noble - save the planet. .. With plans to pour $100 million into key elections this year, Steyer joins this elite group of wealthy individuals trying to influence politicians and voters. Steyer says he doesn't agree with the growing influence of money in politics but he's willing to play the game in order to accomplish his goals.

STEYER: We believe in democracy, we believe in the American system. And this is where it is right now, so we're going to play by the rules that are set up for us.

GREENE: Some people are calling you the liberal response to the Koch brothers. …

STEYER: I want to draw some very, very big distinctions between me and the Koch brothers. The Koch brothers are pushing ideas that directly benefit them. They're pushing things where it is going to result in their pocketbooks being a lot fatter.

GREENE: We should say though that people who support the Koch brothers - and believe they're spending money on issues that, you know, they support - I mean would not characterize the Koch brothers that way...as you're looking at 2014, you're thinking a lot about an issue that is very near and dear to you, climate change and energy. Could there be cases that if you're picking and choosing your battles based on a single issue, it might not ultimately help the party as a whole.

For example, if there is a race that is really crucial to the Democratic Party holding onto control of the Senate, but climate change, you know, is not that big a deal in that race, and your money is not there, it could in a way hurt the party.

STEYER: Well, I don't see it that way, actually. I see it that we're trying to participate in places where there is a big differential on something that we think is the generational challenge of our times And that's the mission that we've set for ourselves….


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: billionaires; buyingelections; california; climatechange; co2; davidgreene; defundnpr; defundpbs; demagogicparty; donors; envirowhackos; fairnessdoctrine; fundingtheleft; globalwarminghoax; hedgefunder; homosexualagenda; impeachnow; limolibs; memebuilding; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; singlepartystate; tomsteyer; usefulidiots
Pretty much laying out what they're going to do, with NPR cheerleading. Notice he got his, betting on other people's losses, now he is doing everything to prevent anyone else from getting theirs. What a monstrous hypocrite. The Koch brothers indeed. Read the part where he gets into being a Democrat.
1 posted on 02/25/2014 5:38:21 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

He can spend money on climate change as long as its his money, but this freak wants to elect politicians who will spend OPM on his cause


2 posted on 02/25/2014 5:39:09 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: La Lydia

Total duochbag


3 posted on 02/25/2014 5:42:02 PM PST by albie
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To: La Lydia; All


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4 posted on 02/25/2014 5:42:32 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: La Lydia

Crony capitalists to provide the $$$
Entitlement army to provide the votes

It’s a tough combination to beat.
They re-elected a POTUS with 8% unemployment (17% real), $4 gas, surging food prices, and trillion dollar deficts to the end of time.


5 posted on 02/25/2014 5:44:25 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation

Total poltroon, I’d say.


6 posted on 02/25/2014 5:47:18 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: La Lydia
Steyer's incompetent, gibbering answers reveal a little known truth-- that you can be totally devoid of common sense and still get rich. Is this a great country or what.
7 posted on 02/25/2014 5:47:23 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: nascarnation

Yeah, but they gots a phone.


8 posted on 02/25/2014 5:48:32 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: La Lydia

There is no climate issue.


9 posted on 02/25/2014 5:55:05 PM PST by 867V309 (Obammy = LIAR)
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To: 867V309

Climate, as we all know, is just a convenient excuse to implement facism.


10 posted on 02/25/2014 5:56:15 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: La Lydia

He’s “saving the planet”. What an arrogant fool.


11 posted on 02/25/2014 5:56:34 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: La Lydia

Knew a lot about hedge funds.

Doesn’t know s**t about science.

Period.


12 posted on 02/25/2014 5:56:55 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: hinckley buzzard

Al Gore proves that too.


13 posted on 02/25/2014 5:57:32 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Another smug narcissist.


14 posted on 02/25/2014 5:57:35 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia
STEYER: I want to draw some very, very big distinctions between me and the Koch brothers. The Koch brothers are pushing ideas that directly benefit them. They're pushing things where it is going to result in their pocketbooks being a lot fatter.

And so are you - liar.

15 posted on 02/25/2014 6:00:17 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: La Lydia

How can all these people not seeing that “climate change” is designed to make millions for the rich and oppress the poor?


16 posted on 02/25/2014 6:00:42 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: La Lydia

Greed, run totally amok.


17 posted on 02/25/2014 6:02:52 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: beethovenfan
He’s “saving the planet”. What an arrogant fool.

Arrogant and extremely evil. He is delusional beyond words..

18 posted on 02/25/2014 6:10:44 PM PST by sand88 (We can never legislate our way back to Liberty)
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To: La Lydia

Inside every leftist billionaire there is a Don Quixote fighting to get out.


19 posted on 02/25/2014 6:11:51 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: albie
An I've got mine so I don't give a damn if I screw up yours because, hey I'm smarter and better and more powerful than you and your not intelligent enough to make decisions. So to add to your statement Total Douchebag Liberal!
20 posted on 02/25/2014 6:13:34 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: La Lydia
It appears to me that most billionaires are more than happy to spend taxpayer money on their pet projects like global warming and abortion for everyone... etc.

Maybe we should institute a net worth tax and tax anyone with a net worth over 1 Billion dollars at a rate of 90%. Maybe then they might think twice about spending my money on their projects.

Frankly I'm sick to death of the attitudes of some of these elitist billionaires. Screw em. Tax the crap out of them.

21 posted on 02/25/2014 6:19:58 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: La Lydia

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. ~ C.S. Lewis

Where are ya when we need ya, Clive?


22 posted on 02/25/2014 6:26:26 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: nascarnation
8% unemployment (17% real), $4 gas, surging food prices, and trillion dollar deficts to the end of time

Oddly, I don't recall such obvious figures being quoted by any notable Republican candidates during the last cycle.

Well maybe for county sheriff here and there...

Guess they're worried they might have upset poor Mr. Obama by bringing up such unpleasant things

23 posted on 02/25/2014 6:32:55 PM PST by Regulator
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To: RobinOfKingston

This guy is a Robber Baron AND a sincere tyrant.


24 posted on 02/25/2014 6:45:22 PM PST by La Lydia
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25 posted on 02/25/2014 6:48:50 PM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: sand88

If I cant use gas, light bulbs heat or air conditioning
then screw the planet I don’t want to be on it.


26 posted on 02/25/2014 6:50:17 PM PST by funfan
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To: La Lydia

What an arrogant little pissant, the very idea that Man could ever do anything to this planet is absurd. Oh sure we could destroy all life, but that has happened many times on this planet, not by humans. But nothing humans could ever do, could measure up to what has happened naturally time and time again, over Billions of Years.

If we learned Tomorrow, that the Next Ice Age is upon us and if we could just warm the planet by 2 degrees in one year we would all be saved, Does anyone believe we could actually do it?? Ask your Global Warming Gods and their puppet scientists that question.


27 posted on 02/25/2014 7:03:52 PM PST by eyeamok
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To: eyeamok

He really don’t care about warming/cooling/etc,
but just as an excuse to put in people who, and he supports
groups, who will stop the Keystone Pipeline

Err—It seems one of his companies is involved
in building a competing pipeline to move Canadian Oil
to Canadas west coast for internationa shipment..

He is a real sleazebag, he’ll line his pockets
as well as every libturd he knows...Ed


28 posted on 02/25/2014 9:25:28 PM PST by hubel458
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To: La Lydia
STEYER: I want to draw some very, very big distinctions between me and the Koch brothers. The Koch brothers are pushing ideas that directly benefit them. They're pushing things where it is going to result in their pocketbooks being a lot fatter.

Actually, he's describing those who are spending money, and lobbying against projects like the Keystone Pipeline, because it will hurt THEIR plans to transport the oil by truck and train. How are THEY different from the Koch Brothers?

29 posted on 02/26/2014 6:28:46 PM PST by SuziQ
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