Liberal Billionaire Tom Steyer: Only “Super-Sophisticated” Understand Climate Change
There’s nothing quite so rage-inducing as the arrogance of America’s liberals. Not only do they claim to have the moral high ground on issues like gay marriage but they hilariously position themselves on the intellectual high ground as well. Normally, they can be safely dismissed as living in a kind of progressive bubble, unfazed by the political realities around them, but every now and then one of them has enough money to make a dangerous difference in the game.
Take liberal billionaire Tom Steyer, a hedge fund investor who has been called the left’s answer to the Koch brothers. He’s at it again, speaking at a renewable energy conference in Aspen, Colorado this week. What he said will manage to stick in the craw of nearly every sensible conservative in the country.
“I think if you were to go around to most of the — what I would think of as super-sophisticated people who think about politics and policy more than five minutes a month — we are doing really well,” Steyer said at the American Renewable Energy Institute-sponsored conference. “And the question in the United States of America is how are we doing with everybody else, which is the 99.5 percent of the people whose lives are very busy and complicated and pressing and they don’t have a lot of time to think about the things that don’t immediately impact themselves and their family.”
That’s right. Steyer believes that 99.5% of the population isn’t sophisticated enough to understand the ramifications of climate change and manmade global warming. If only that were true! This hoax would have been put to bed a long time ago. Unfortunately, a far greater percentage of the American population believes the liberal lie about “climate change,” and it has already done more than enough to harm our economy.
What makes Steyer’s elitism even harder to swallow is the hypocrisy beneath them. Though the billionaire has gone to great lengths in recent years to separate his hedge fund – Farallon – from coal investments, the fact is that much of his substantial wealth has indeed come from coal. Every chance he gets, he speaks out against the burning of fossil fuels while funding political campaigns with money that he earned from same. Now many of his critics point out that his investments lie in solar energy, providing the perfect ulterior motive for his war on traditional sources of electricity.
Liberals love to come down on Republican politicians when they fall from grace, accusing them of hypocrisy when their personal lives don’t match up to their push for social conservatism. Of course, these cases are generally sensational and gossipy, providing plenty of grist for the low-information mill. Pointing out the hypocrisy of a not-quite-famous liberal when it comes to his political attachments isn’t sexy enough for the mainstream media, nor does it fit their typical narrative.
Or maybe it’s just that most of us aren’t sophisticated enough to understand.