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Tom Steyer's green ambitions

Tom Steyer's green ambitions

Gov. Jerry Brown's inauguration speech this month was as green as the decor in the ornate Assembly chamber where he gave it. And it left Tom Steyer tickled pink. The philanthropist put millions into the 2014 elections, primarily through his NextGen Climate Action super PAC. His candidates mostly lost, but he has no regrets. Steyer has worked on political campaigns since the 1970s, including Democrat Walter Mondale's 1984 presidential bid, but his formidable political voice comes from the billions he made as a hedge fund manager. He's long invested in greener California politics, and making climate disaster a politically crucial national issue is his Cause One — like...