Steyer-funded climate change campaign fails to bring millennials to the polls

In Climate Change, Election 2016, Environment, Politics, The Big Picture by Megan Toombs Kinard0 Comments

Tom Steyer has won the award for “most willing to spend own money on climate change advocacy” for a couple years now, as well as “least able to get others to chip in.” I first wrote about him two years ago when he was trying to influence the midterm elections, and here we are again at the end of an election talking about a man who literally wastes millions of dollars campaigning for a non-issue, an issue that didn’t even get one question in the presidential debates.

A third award that goes to Steyer is “Single Biggest Spender in American Politics,” and I didn’t make this title up. By the end of the election yesterday he was projected to spend $75 million.

But hey, as a freedom-loving capitalist I support Mr. Steyer’s right to express his opinions, and his right to help the economy (mainly the advocacy and media sectors) by letting his millions flow.
Please, send some my way, you won’t miss it, and it won’t have any less of an impact on your issues than the millions you have already spent—because most people don’t think catastrophic climate change is worth wasting time on.

Can you blame them? You’ve passed how many deadlines and been wrong every time!

Steyer specifically targeted millennials with his money, rightly assuming that younger people are more easily influenced, and that the young will, eventually, be a strong voting bloc.

Did this strategy work for him?

Somewhat.

Millennials do lean Democrat, and Hillary Clinton took about two-thirds of that vote, according to exit polling. But Donald Trump took one-third of a demographic that also heavily voted third party. Clinton underperformed Obama in this demographic, showing that millennials may not have gone through the last eight years with the blinders many think they did.

Millennials now rival Baby Boomers in the electorate with each generation equaling about 31 percent of Americans. However, the youngest voters consistently have the lowest voter turnout, so it may be some years yet before millennial votes can rival or outweigh Baby Boomer votes. Hopefully, giving us time to become wise and learn about the consequences of various policies.
Ultimately for Tom Steyer’s goals this election, he lost. Americans don’t care about climate change, they have more important issues to worry about.

In West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and other states all over the country, the EPA has destroyed jobs by radically over-regulating coal mining and coal-fired power plants. Farming states out West showed their contempt for the EPA and its “Waters of the U.S” regulation by joining the “Rust Belt” and shattering “The Blue Wall.”

Blue-collar union workers in Michigan flipped and voted Republican, recognizing that the trade policies of a future Clinton Administration would continue the destruction of the manufacturing sector, and the energy policies would continue the bizarre situation in which some manufacturers find it more lucrative to sell electricity to the grid instead of actually manufacturing their product.
In this day and age, when many young people go to college and work white collar jobs, it’s important to remember that there is an entire group of Americans who are often forgotten or looked down upon simply because they work with their hands. That is a travesty. These American citizens work hard and want to provide for their families. They are good people, good neighbors, and they love their country.
Democrats forgot them to their peril.

Those Americans just changed the outcome of the election.

So, to the many millennials out there confused that the election didn’t turn out the way the media was so sure it would (media that Tom Steyer may have paid for), I encourage you to go talk to people who aren’t like you and find out what issues matter to them. Visit rural areas in your state, and states that have a significantly different economic bent than your own. You may make some new friends, and you will definitely learn a few things.

Originally posted at Red Alert Politics.

Megan is the Director of Communications for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, and Editor of EarthRisingBlog.com. You can follow her on Twitter @MeganToombs.

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