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Environmentalist Tom Steyer Spends Earth Day in Iowa

Rob Dillard, Iowa Public Radio

  The founder of the advocacy group NextGen Climate made stops in Iowa on Earth Day to ask presidential hopefuls for their support of clean energy initiatives. The wealthy environmentalist plans to spend more time in the state during the 2016 election cycle.

Tom Steyer, a California hedge fund manager, is promising to continue work he started during last year’s Congressional campaigns.

The effort aims to get politicians and voters to pay more attention to environmental issues.

“We had a field organization in operation in Iowa, which has remained largely intact," he tells a news conference at Drake University in Des Moines. "So, we will continue to try and promote Iowans talking to other Iowans on the topic of energy and climate.”

Steyer has poured his fortune into support of environmental causes. He says he does not know how much he’ll spend in Iowa leading up to the Caucuses.