The 2016 election was tough on a lot of environmentalists, particularly California climate crusader Tom Steyer, who has invested tens of millions of dollars of his personal fortune into a national effort to force politicians to confront climate change.
President-elect Donald Trump, of course, has signaled he plans to do the opposite, vowing to scrap the historic global climate accord the U.S. took a lead in negotiating and roll back federal regulations aimed at curbing warming. The Republican Congress is eager to oblige him. Climate change barely registered on the list of concerns voters said influenced their decisions on election day.
As Steyer and other environmentalists regroup, the California billionaire is hoping to use this week’s confirmation hearings in Washington to re-energize activists. In an ad campaign to air in Washington, D.C., California and five other states, Steyer nonprofit NextGen Climate is taking aim at Trump’s pick for secretary of State, former ExxonMobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson.