US billionaire Tom Steyer, who made large amounts of money from coal, before going “green”, has demanded that political candidates who want his financial help must support a renewable target of 50% by 2030.
According to the Wall Street Journal;
Tom Steyer, the billionaire climate-change activist, laid out a litmus test for 2016 candidates Friday, calling on them to develop aggressive clean-energy plans.
Mr. Steyer set a high bar for candidates and elected officials seeking his support, asking for concrete plans to increase the share of clean energy in the United States’ power generation mix to 50% by 2030.
“Reaching this goal would more than triple renewable energy in our country – putting us on the pathway to a 100% clean-energy economy by 2050 and millions of new jobs,” Mr. Steyer wrote in a blog post.
The goal set by Mr. Steyer and his advocacy group, NextGen Climate, is more ambitious than President Barack Obama’s pledge to achieve 20% renewable energy other than hydropower by 2030. Mr. Steyer called his newly announced target “a minimum starting point” for candidates who are committed to a clean-energy economy.
My thought – where is the outrage? Why do voters put up with this absurdly specific chequebook politics? If candidates win an election, thanks to Steyer’s financial backing, whose interests will they really represent – will they represent the interests of the people who voted for them, or will their first loyalty be to Steyer?