The environmental movement has an unlikely convert to the cause: Tom Steyer, a Californian and hedge fund founder whose funds included shares in fossil fuel and pipeline companies. Last year he came to recognize that climate change was the defining issue for his generation. In words reminiscent of President Obama, he stated: “I have a passion to push for what I believe is the right thing.”
His passion stretched all the way to Massachusetts, where he intervened in the Democratic Primary to succeed Senator John Kerry, who is now the U.S. Secretary of State. He supported one candidate who opposes the Keystone XL Pipeline, and launched an advertising campaign against another who was in favour.
A Globe and Mail article on Steyer comments that California is a long way from Massachusetts and the Keystone issue is “moot” to Massachusetts voters. Steyer’s explanation for his involvement is that climate change issues affect all U.S. states.