Tom Steyer: “Climate is my Number One Priority”

Tom Steyer Campaign Bus
Zoom image of the electric charging port on Tom Steyer’s Eco-Friendly Campaign Bus

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to Democrat Candidate Tom Steyer, none of the other candidates are as focussed on climate change as he is.

Tom Steyer talks climate change and foreign policy on tour of Iowa

BY MUSADIQ BIDAR
JANUARY 4, 2020 / 7:02 PM / CBS NEWS

A sticker on Tom Steyer’s bus reads, “Climate is my number one priority.” At every campaign stop he tells Iowans no other candidate is willing to make this claim.

Aboard the bus on Friday morning between stops on a five-day bus tour through Iowa, Steyer talked about his decision to launch his campaign late in the summer because no other candidate on the early debate stage was “telling the truth” about climate.

He took a shot at former presidential hopeful Jay Inslee. “Jay Inslee wasn’t going anywhere,” Steyer said about the Washington governor who made climate change the top issue of his short-lived campaign. “No one was listening to him.”

And he criticized Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ Green New Deal climate plan as unrealistic, arguing that neither Congress nor the Democratic Party will support it. 

“I know that Bernie has a big climate plan,” Steyer told reporters. “I also know that it is not his top priority.”

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tom-steyer-talks-climate-change-and-foreign-policy-on-tour-of-iowa/

It will be interesting to see how other candidates respond to Tom Steyer’s assertion they are not focussed enough on climate change.

70 thoughts on “Tom Steyer: “Climate is my Number One Priority”

  1. Power is Tom Steyer’s ‘number 1’ priority! Everything else is just playing to his prospective audience of potential voters.

    • Steyer had managed to out-dumb his opponents. He is showing us either his gullibility or his desire for a globalist world with him and his people residing near the top. The globalist world will be a small elite with a big well funded police and army … and millions of peasants … (us) doing whatever the hell they tell us to do.

      So vote conservative and remain somewhat free.

    • What happens to my comments … they disappear and are nowhere to be found.

      [And yet here is this one . . . mod]

  2. Does he spell out to voters how much his insane policy will cost each of them and how much it will lower the global temperature? I bet not.

    • Valid point. That’s all about reading the menu before entering the restaurant. Which is how free market works.

      Climate politics is slightly different. Only artist renderings of food posted outside and once in the facility, you’re not allowed to leave no matter what. Which is how mousetraps work.

    • Well it sure looks like a diesel exhaust pipe, but that surely can’t be the case – Steyer says his number one priority is climate change.

    • As far as I can tell, that electric charging port is actually an exhaust pipe.

      If he cared enough, he could have got a real electric bus. link Of course its limited range would have been a tiny drawback …

      If Greta could travel by sail boat, the least he could do is ditch the diesel powered bus.

      • If Steyer were to follow Greta’s example, surely he would have travelled in a borrowed Tesla with his entourage flying here, there and everywhere?

  3. Well, we’ll have to acknowledge that it’s quite a feather in Tom’s cap to distress us all over a 58 1/2 degree global average temperature (that has him sensibly sweatered against the chill), centered in its midling level between low humidity subfreezing icy poles and quite warm and moist tropics, with an over 2/3 deep sea planetary surface having an unsurprisingly similar mean surface temperature.

    Do tell us, T 20 M T 20 M, what would you have that figure be instead; and would you then like to smear that ideal level from pole to pole for the benefit of all mankind? America wants to know.

    • Oh so true! As a retired Chartered Structural Engineer I am terrified that in the next few million years, the climate is really gonna kick some terrestrial butt once plate techtonics gets to work! 😉

      • Plate tectonics is for people who want to die slow and suffer. The Yellowstone Hotspot Supervolcano is for those who want to get it over with quickly. Think southern hemisphere for a prolonged vacation.

      • Just for you, this reality is hard to communicate but you might find it has merit, but only on the physics and the facts.. Other people want to argue the details of models that are already disproven by the analysis of actual observation. Why not focus on what the actual , more probable, causes of long and short term climate change are. Ludeceke and Weiss applied proven Fourier anlaysis to the multiple actual proxy data back 1,000 years, to explain reality better than anything or anyone else. No models required. No evidence of an AGW signal either.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-E5y9piHNU

        This neatly explains why the actual GHE temperatures from UAH satellite and ballon observation report are far less than the those predicted by the over forced IPCC models, that are based upon forcing an innocent presumed cause of AGW to create a false forecast on a mathematical rack programmed to do just that by guesswork, otherwise known as a GCM. A weather model that ignores or underestimates inconvenient effects like clouds and submarine volcanoe’s contribution to emphasise AGW terms by design. So they get it wrong. Except the Russians. Fact.

        An Oxford Prof and World expert tectonic plate guy is helping promote the explanation f submarine volcanic emissions as the rather self evident cause of long term climate change now. To be more recise the Milankovitch frequency perturbation to the stable galacial phase of the ice age every 100Ka.

        The simple to calculate (no models required) change in ocean temperatures due to changes in the rate of magma entering the oceans during a glacial period is plenty enough to cause the ice age interglacial events over 7Ka, a lot more than a degree or two up and down as is the solar effect we observe in the interglacial on a few human lifetime periodicity, of a few hundred years. This is about 8 degrees on average

        So what is the cause of submarine volcanic variability, in fact global but only the water is heated by the magma, the surface volcanoes reduce solar insolation through the atmospheric effect and their heat is rad[idly lost, and there are far fewer of them, while the submarine ones warm the oceans, see the Dryas event. And the climate “scientists” at Harvard say the interglacial causes volcanoes. How? You can’t make it up, that’s their job.

        The answer is the well documented before climate scientist were grant funded Orbital forcing, which must be mainly by solid tides, induced by increased gravitational stress under cyclicly changing planetary scale forces. Those are mainly at Milankovitch periods in the context of amplitude variability, but their actual effect is at a daily frequency, from the Moon. Not only the oceans move, the Earth also moves, from the same forces, but differently. As a structural engineer you will know the Earth is a visco elastic solid, in constant surface motion, up and down, up to 1 meter per day, today, on natural diurnal tides, also moving round and round, at various disparate frequencies. What I call planetary Twerking, etc. More here, pre pub because the truth is hard to publish in the bought Journals. Especially if you associate climate change with anything other than CO2, or suggest the atmosphere is not controlling, but rather a smart insulator driven by the oceans, where all the stored surface heat from above and below actually is. ‘scuse the Blazing Saddles reference to the blindingly obvious, More here:

        Catt, Brian, The Thermal Effects of Magma On Ocean Heating Through Ice Ages Cycles, With Particular Reference to Interglacial Events (October 2, 2018). Pre pub paper available at SSRN: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3259379

        IMPORTANT AND OFTEN WHOLY MISSED: One very obvious spin off fact of my work was that the sun /atmosphere can’t create tipping points in the warming direction, because ocean evaporation increases exponentially with STT to cool the oceans and transport more heat to space, the resulting clouds also add negative feedback, around 140W/m^2 total currently, 90 + 50 respectively, and this is highly responsive to any SST change compared to even the over amplified IPCC predictions of AGW, which must largely be neutralised by such solar insolation reduction in response. GHE of water vapour is a secondly effect, dominated by the water vapour cooling response, that will also be compensated for by the negative feedback of the SST effect that is driven by surface temperature.

        Also heat loss increases to the 4th power of temperature, so that helps a bit. As John Christy commented, it’s about as hot as it can get right now”. BUT SST change negative feedback cannot reduce the internal heating as it can solar insolation, that requires the equilibrium to be varied to rebalance the system, hence the ice age range. The cold end is where the risk is, when the Earth run’s out of clouds and the volcanoes drop to minimum ocean heating…. it will probably not be a problem for humanity by then, though. No clouds sounds bad for crops.

        This evaporative SST response by evaporation and increasing cloud formation control is powerful enough to stop the global warming during interglacials, dead. Every time. As the serious evaporation kicks in it flat lines the steady rise of the interglacial warming effect before the actual cause is complete, hence, perhaps determining the length of the plateau we enjoy. Check out the Vostok data. Interglacials don’t last the same time or reach the same peaks, I suggest because Milankovitch gravitational cycle effects combine differently each time.

        The oceans control the weather and land ST. Why we live near the oceans, that go up and down 130metres, mostly down vs. now. More BS from climate “scientists”. A few metres either way is noise, on even the interglacial record.

        The atmosphere does not control anything, it is the medium for the evaporative oceanic feedback response. Any GHE effect is also controlled the same way, and is smallest at the equator where its supposed to happen per the models. The gas laws take care of that simple fact. Max water vapur, minimum CO2.

        Human effects are puny and undetectable compared to natural variation. As also demonstrated above, they are undetectable in the record. Paying IPCC priests to cast runes or entrails and their masters a penance in carbon taxes, while also paying their business bosses in renewable subsidies, for a cure that can’t delivery the energy we need to solve a non problem of natural change is a clear fraud.

        All we really need is greater prosperity to protect more people with practical relocation and flood defences which we don’t get.. Instead we are forced to waste our money on a snake oil cure for the quick profit by the climate change protection racket scammers.

        Climate change is a cult pseudo science protection racket based in a wholly manufactured and false fear, as with the Incas above. But we actually have the science to know its false, and can prove that by observation. They still get away with promoting the lies that make the easy Trillions for insiders, over the facts that don’t. Because the money of the powerful shouts louder than the truth. This is not about science fact. Its about creating a cult religion to profit from natural change.

        Comment on the subjects above supported by references or laws welcome. This is real science, where sceptical criticism helps discover the truth, whereas rejecting criticism with denial and ad hom attacks from the authority of self styled “experts” is designed to cover the unsupportable lies of the pseudo scientists of their over funded climate change departments, who long ago forsook science to swear an oat of allegiance to their well paid religion, in fact no better than the court of the inquisition. Worse, because science they deny tells us the facts. Climate scientists are truly the 21st Century inquisition, traitors to the advancement of humanity for their own profit, by their own choice. IMO

        • Brian R Catt
          January 6, 2020 at 6:39 am

          Very interesting perspective and ideas…thank you. There are so many pieces to the climate jigsaw…most of which we probably don’t even know about.

          How Dare They tell us the science is settled!

          • Thanks,

            Quite so. Strongest effects are barely considered, such as the massive negative feedback arising from variable evaporation and the wholly underestimated but much smaller amount and variability of volcanic water heating (much smaller at AGW levels) BUT cannot be controlled by natural feedback process to maintain the current equilibrium, so new equilibrium must be established by insolation change to achieve a new higher equilibrium using more feedback.

            And the cross sensitivities of most of what we do know are not at all well understood, because they don’t work in isolation. BUT hot magma meeting cold water has an easy to quantify and absolute effect in terms of heat deposited in the oceans over a given time, given you know the number and average deposition rate of a volcano, which was why I picked it, to see what it could do.

            The answer was a surprise! My bet is regional hot spots that occur in the ring of fire are cyclic and an effect of the changing combinations of cyclic gravitational stress. It’s posssible El NIno has its origins in underwater heating. It certainly originates in the right ‘hood.

  4. From what I can tell, Steyer’s polling numbers are miserable. I wonder if he’s in this just to goad the other candidates into upping the climate ante.

    • He has money to burn and needs attention. If one can buy the presidency, he might succeed. With any luck, Bloomberg and Steyer will bankrupt each other in much the same way the Soviet Union fell. One can hope.

      • My theory is that both he and Bloomberg are in it to get around campaign finance laws. Being a candidate allows them to spend any amount of their own money they want to fund anti-Trump ads. Both of them are laser-focused on Trump rather than on their democratic rivals for the nomination. Both of them use ads that mention Trump WAY more than they mention their own candidacies. They aren’t trying to win. They’re just in it so they can flood the zone with an unlimited barrage of anti-Trump media buys.

      • US campaign finance laws allow primary candidates to fund their campaigns with their own money. If they declare they are committing $200 million dollars (as an example) of their own money to their primary campaigns, and they only spend $50 million dollars in their primary campaign that ultimately fails, they can distribute the remaining $150 million dollars from the primary campaign through ‘Super PACs’ (Political Action Committees) to support other 2020 democrat general election campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels across the US of A. Billionaires like Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg can evade the individual campaign finance laws contribution limits by this method, giving them huge financial leverage to indirectly ‘buy’ candidates and sway voter opinions through bought media in critical elections across the country.

  5. “Climate is my Number One Priority”

    Go explain it to the sun, to the stars which emit cosmic rays and to the oceans with their nasty cycles.
    Do not forget to have a conversation with the planet Earth so that it stops playing with its orbital eccentricity, obliquity and precession.

    If they do not immediately comply to your will, stop breathing until they obey.

  6. Tom Steyer’s bombardment of weepy, emotional, advertisements telling America that he … cares … are just a horrific WASTE of economic resources that could buy thousands of porta pottys for the streets of San Francisco and LA … and save the environment from toxic human waste. But his ego won’t allow such an expenditure. Nope. Tommy boy NEEDS to be “liked” by (some) Suburban women who are shallow thinking emotional wrecks. Oh! Tommy!, they cry … save me! Rescue me! Save the planet, Tommy boy!

    • I so agree. Women are a huge problem in politics, as are soy-boys in Mama’s basement. Take away their right to vote and we might have a chance. Virtually every country run by women in Europe is a nightmare of rape, no-go zones and invasion by hostile forces. Women need to go back to the kitchen—either to cook, or to remodel it. I don’t care which.

      • The left took over the school system and started teaching kids that feeling good about themselves was much more important than being able to figure out the right answer on a test.

  7. Steyer going anywhere either, just like Inslee.
    He is just in this to buy the Democrat who does get the nomination. He doesn’t want tobe President. He wants to own the US President because because he knows from experience how Democrats from Sacramento to DC prostitute themselves for his money.

  8. Is it CAMALOT or GOLDELOCKS sort of climate that he wants ?

    Does he ever mention CO2 and fossill fuel ?

    Does he ever tell the people to give up their cars ?

    Does he tell them t to “”Save the Planit ” that they must pay a lot more for their heating
    lighting ?

    MJE VK5ELL

    • It is for those who oppose high energy bills and pointless climate gestures. Just ask the current president.

    • Yes and no 🙂

      Yes: There is a certain amount of voters gluing themselves the climate change hypocrisy.
      No: The pool of CAGW high priority believers is probably finite, thus if too many candidates share the pool, non of them will gain very much.

  9. so how many ex reb sorts live in the places hes looking for the votes?
    theyd be the only votes he’ll get

    guess he too can write a what happened? book later

  10. “Climate is my number one priority.”

    Because green energy is your new number one market investment?

    • DING! DING! DING!

      We have a winner. He has “invested” in garbage “renewables” and WANTS his government “guaranteed” profits that Trump is taking away with his climate reason over climate hysteria.

  11. For all the LA Times gatekeeping on Climate Change stories, there are occasional moments of truth:

    More troublesome for Steyer’s public image is the fund’s history of investing in fossil fuel projects, including a giant coal mine in Australia that generates vast quantities of carbon emissions.

    The owners overcame protests by environmentalists and won permission to clear 3,700 acres of forest that served as a koala habitat and mine 12 million tons of coal per year. Steyer’s critics have long seen his past personal stake in coal mining as hypocritical.

    https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-2020-tom-steyer-hedge-fund-billionaire-20190711-story.html

  12. From the article: “He took a shot at former presidential hopeful Jay Inslee. “Jay Inslee wasn’t going anywhere,” Steyer said about the Washington governor who made climate change the top issue of his short-lived campaign. “No one was listening to him.”

    Noone is listening to you either, Tom. And for the same reason they did not listen to Islee: Human-caused climate change is just not that big of an issue outside of a certain segment of society. A minority segment of society.

  13. The globalist socialists have invested a LOT in this clever climate scheme. Their Mainstream Media with help from corrupted Alarmist Science and Socialist Entertainment, and Marxist Academia, has ramped up climate propaganda about as hard as possible. So far with disappointing (to them) results.

    Trump’s war against the Deep State and his quiet resistance to Climate are the main reasons behind the Deep State’s illegal attempts to unseat him.

    I don’t see any way to repair the division or the damage. I also cannot see the American Constitutionalists losing and becoming slaves.

    Since the lefts “owns” all of our institutions I cannot see any path to victory. (Entrenched Government, the Media, Social Media, Entertainment, Academia, Science, Woke Crony Capitalism, Finance, Justice, and even the Pope)

    If not for these power lusting Socialists, these times would be the best of all times. Instead, we’ve been subjected to this cultural civil war. Leftists sure know how to suck all the vital and fulfilling life force out of any situation.

    Is a protracted cultural stalemate and slow drift back towards normalcy and freedom the best that we can hope for?

    If we lose, the whole world is doomed to poverty and slavery.

    The first peaceful step back from the cliff has to be a significant victory at the polls in 2020. At a minimum, that means getting out the “Red” vote in 2020. If your state is very “Blue” or very “Red” , consider temporarily moving to a battleground state (sombrero in hand) then vote there. Do something.

    Do. Not. Just. Sit. There.

  14. I think we need to let the public know what the cost of this preventative action ‘will’ be ,
    not what the cost ‘may’ be if we just keep living life the way we do .
    Its a bit like throwing sacrificial animals into the volcano to stop it erupting , but now its our whole economy being thrown elsewhere to be absorbed some where else , it will not disappear.

  15. Just another “I’ve got mine, screw the rest of you” anti-capitalist capitalist billionaire.

  16. Tom Steyer has no personality, and I’ve yet to hear him explain his programs. Believe it or not,but just because this guy makes it his only program, that doesn’t mean his program doesn’t completely suck. Waiting for him to collide with a global warming skeptic armed with facts and challenges. He only appears on commercials as far as I can tell

  17. By forcing the other candidates to focus more of their attention and messaging on climate change, Steyer is making who ever wins, more unelectable in November.

    Go Tom Go.

  18. clue for all “scientists” = humans do not control the weather and cant possibly control the climate…….to change the climate REQUIRES control over the weather.

  19. I have been exposed to the Tom Steyer ads on TV for some months now.

    Talk about a uninspiring monotone.
    He couldn’t sell me a sunny day.

  20. Just call him what he is: liar, liar, pants on fire. Pandering to the least informed is how people like that get votes.

    If only there were some way to put egg on his face….

  21. You mean his only priority as a one-dimensional, self-funded run at the reins of power. At least he’s splintering the potential campaign funding to Dems so it’s okay by me.

  22. I was a young adult during the 1970’s, forced to wait in line for hours at 6:00 AM for gasoline on odd days of the month every time some Saudi prince threatened to close the oil spigot, with Presidents Ford and Carter kissing their butts and telling us to wear sweaters indoors, while it was illegal to sell oil drilled in America at more than $6 per barrel.

    Forty years later, thanks to fracking, the USA produces more oil and gas than it consumes, and can tell all those desert princes and ayatollahs in the Middle East to go pound sand, and people here can buy gasoline 24/7 if they have a debit card, and it’s cheaper (relative to inflation) now than in 1980, and we have the strongest economy in the world.

    So, Tom Steyer, why would we the people of the United States want to sacrifice all this unprecedented prosperity to live in 19th-century poverty just to (maybe) make the weather a fraction of a degree cooler? If Steyer made billions in business, where is his cost/benefit analysis? If costs outweigh benefits by 1000 : 1 or more, who’s buying?

  23. Unfortunately, the veneer of ‘super smarts’ comes with financial success. (Unless your name is Trump.) But with Steyer, he comes across as unclever and boring and unpleasantly fixated on one issue. He seems self-deluded and self-important to the point of self-imprisonment. How the hell did he manage so well in the corporate world with the low-level skills in evidence now? What a goofy world.

  24. Couldn’t help giggling upon reading the author’s first name.
    Maybe I’m pronouncing it wrong but it sounds like something Bullwinkle’s creator opted out of drawing…
    🤭

  25. Interesting stratagy when polls show that climate change is near the bottom for most voters. I guess Steyer is hoping he can boost their interest.

  26. Steyer seems unware of the fact that the IPCC climate models make no predictions thus failing to support regulation of the outcomes of the events of the future for Earth’s climate system.

  27. If climate is Tom Steyer’s #1 priority then why does he have 4 kids? Overpopulation has been talked about for decades. Remember the first Earth Day in 1970? Remember the 1968 book ‘The Population Bomb’?

    Talk of overpopulation actually goes back much further to a time before Tom Steyer’s great great grandfather was born. Thomas Malthus was an English economist and demographer born in the second half of the 18th century. He is probably best known for his theory that population growth will tend to grow faster than the food supply and as a result there had to be limits on population growth if humans are to limit in comfort without poverty. Malthus’ theory became known as Malthusianism.

    If climate is Tom Steyer’s #1 priority why does he live in a mansion? He’s a billionaire why isn’t he using his money to show us how to live a low carbon lifestyle in a small house?

  28. Oh right. The western democracies are being sabotaged by marxists/socialists, and driving cars, heating homes & having children is the problem.

    Look at the squirrel!

  29. If Steyer is the biggest proponent of climate alarmism, then he has presented himself as the biggest and most gullible fool in the race. It’s hard to out-dumb most of them, but he did it.

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